Sunday, January 26, 2014

4-H Pages Needed For Spring Legislative Session

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Nothing teaches more about how government works than actually working in government, which four Mississippi 4-H youth will have the opportunity to do.

The 2014 Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves 4-H Senate Page Program is seeking qualified young people to serve one week in the Mississippi Senate. Chosen students will serve as pages March 31 to April 4, supporting the work of the senators.

Missippi State University Extension Service. 4-H is the youth development program of the Extension Service.

“4-H’ers who are chosen to serve will be able to experience the legislative process in action,” said Terence Norwood, an Extension instructor for the Center for Government and Community Development.

Applicants must be 4-H members in high school between the ages of 14 and 19 as of Jan. 1. They must have at least a B average in their classes. Applicants must express their knowledge of, involvement with and interest in issues relating to citizenship, leadership and governmental functions. Four finalists will be chosen for the positions.

Participating teens must agree to abide by behavioral standards expected of 4-H members. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 24, and emailed applications must be received by 5 p.m. that day. Forms are available at county Extension offices.

This program has been offered to 4-H youth for the last 21 years. 4-H will provide lodging at a nearby hotel, accident insurance and a chaperone.

For information about the 4-H legislative page program, contact Norwood at 601-857-2284 or tnorwood@ext.msstate.edu.