Help Youth Understand Civic Engagement, One Wish at a Time

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Civic Engagement, Youth Engagement, Civic Duty, Youth ActivitiesAccording to the National 4-H website, “Civic engagement programs through 4-H empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world. Youth learn about civic affairs, build decision-making skills, and develop a sense of understanding and confidence in relating and connecting to other people.” Young people are able to participate in civic engagement projects through leadership and personal development, communication and expressive arts, and community action.

One activity called Our Wish Tree, developed by Kids Voting Durham, provides an opportunity for young people to discuss needs in their community and work to develop ideas for making their community better as well as educate everyone on the important role of citizens of all ages and backgrounds. This activity provides an opportunity for children to use paper leaves to write down their wishes. Once the wishes are completed, individuals will gather all of the wishes to determine which ones can come true. After the leaves are gathered, the youth will work together to formulate a plan of action to see it come true or to present it to those decision-makers who can make it come true. 

If you know of a young person or group interested in a project like this, please contact the local 4-H office at 704.283.3735 or 704.283.3740.