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Youth Voices in Action

What would our communities and nation look like if young people were fully engaged as partners in decisions that affect them?

This thought drives the mission of Youth Voices in Action. Youth in grades 8 through 12 are invited this leadership conference to have fun and develop their leadership skills, practice public speaking, and work in teams to meet with state agency representatives and legislators to solve real life problems.

Youth Voices in Action (YVA) - YVA is a 4 day (3 night) statewide 4-H civic engagement conference for 8th – 12th grade youth. Modeled after National 4-H Conference, this event introduces older youth to the legislative processes at our state capitol in Salem as well as connecting and working with teens from throughout the state. The purpose of the conference is to prepare youth to be future leaders. The conference provides opportunities for youth to learn about government agencies, learn to think critically and share ideas, engage in problem solving, practice public speaking and give a public presentation. Traditionally held during spring break.

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