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Vermont 4-H Event Promotes Youth Civic Engagement

Montpelier--Raise Your Voice: Day at the Capitol will help youths develop a greater sense of civic engagement by exploring ways they can speak out about the issues and make a difference in their communities.

This annual University of Extension (UVM) 4-H citizenship event is slated for April 16 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center and the Vermont State House, both on State Street in Montpelier. Students, Grades 7-12, are invited to participate along with their parents and 4-H club leaders. Membership in 4-H is not required.

The program, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will bring young people from throughout Vermont to the state capital to meet with legislators, hear from civic and community leaders about issues facing Vermont today and brainstorm about what actions they can take for an active role in their own communities. Keynote speaker is Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith of Morrisville. In addition, participants will have a guided tour of the Vermont Statehouse to learn about its history and observe democracy in action.

Registration is $15 per person with space limited to 25. The fee includes lunch and an afternoon snack. Although youths do not need a chaperone to attend, adults are welcome to participate and also must register and pay the registration fee.

Register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/4-Hevents by April 1. Prior to the event, all registered participants will receive a final schedule, parking permit and information on where to park.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H teen and leadership program coordinator, at (802) 888-4972, ext. 402, or toll-free at (866) 260-5603, ext. 402, no later than April 1.

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