Citizenship Seminar & Summer 2024 National Citizenship Washington Focus
Montana Citizenship Seminar is designed to inspire 4-H youth as they learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
Youth delegates gain hands-on experience with the legislative process by participating in a mock legislature, create and debate bills, work with other youth from across the state, meet with elected officials, tour the capitol, and participate in a service-learning project.
Delegates will also attend the Legislative Breakfast (2024 date to be determined).
Citizenship Seminar is traditionally held in Helena in the years when the legislature is in session. It is held in conjunction with Legislative Breakfast, which is hosted in January (2024 date to be determined).
Dates & Times
2024: To be Determined
Helena, Montana – Location of seminar activities and Legislative Breakfast are yet to be determined for 2024.
4-H members must be 13 years of age by October 1, 2022.
Each delegate must have a designated (adult) chaperone.
Certified chaperones must be 21 years of age or older.
Counties may combine with other counties to reach a desired 1:10 ratio of adults to youth.
Chaperones will be asked to participate in the seminar by acting as lobbyists during the legislative process.
Any adults with special skills or interests please email [email protected] if you would like to assist in any way.
Each individual/county must make their own guest room reservations.
A block of rooms is reserved for participants. Hotel and dates TBD for 2024.
There is an $85 registration fee per youth and adult to offset the seminar program costs.
Check with your county office to confirm amount before paying.
The Montana 4-H Foundation contributes $3,000.
The program fee includes all meals for both Montana Citizenship Seminar and the Legislative Breakfast.
Both youth and adults: Log into your ZSuite Profile and register under Events.
More details coming for 2024.
Transportation to and from the seminar and shuttling youth delegates between activities is the county’s responsibility.
Each delegate is expected to sponsor one “bill” suitable for the 4-H Legislature.
Submit bills electronically to Christine Sommers-Austin [email protected] - Due Date TBD.
The bills will be reviewed and grouped by topic area into committees prior to the seminar.
Please see the template in the ZSuite registration for information on how to write a bill.
Each delegate and county will have the opportunity to contribute to a service project that is yet to be determined.
Each delegate will have the opportunity to compete in the Montana History Bowl.
The first round of the History Bowl will be a written form given (2024 date to be determined) during the seminar's check-in to determine the participates who will compete in the second and final rounds throughout the event.
_____ Reserve your hotel room
_____ Registration through ZSuite
_____ Check with your county office to confirm amount before paying
_____ Email your mock legislative bill to [email protected]
Summer 2024 National Citizenship Washington Focus
Join us for a one-week summer program in Washington D.C. where teens experience the capital as their classroom and connect with young leaders from across the country to gain skills necessary to be effective change agents.
Save the Dates
Stay tuned for 2024 information!