Since its inception, 4-H has placed emphasis on the importance of young people being engaged, well-informed citizens. By connecting to their communities and leaders serving their communities, youth understand their role in civic affairs and expand the role of youth in decision-making processes. It’s clear that civic engagement provides the foundation that helps youth understand the "big picture" of life and find purpose and meaning.

Montana 4-H offers local, national and international citizenship opportunities - Citizenship Seminar held every other year in Helena, Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus and National Conference held in Washington D.C. every year, and numerous international travel and hosting opportunities.

NAE4-HA and NIFA Citizenship Webinar Series 2018-2019

The National Association for Extension 4-H Agents Citizenship Committee sponsors a series of webinars, annually, that focus on domestic and global citizenship initiatives and opportunities.  Webinar presenters are from the Extension system across the U.S. and USDA-NIFA.  Please see the information below for times and links to each webinar (all are different)

What’s the IDEA? (domestic citizenship) March 6, 2018, 2:00 PM EST

presented by Hillary Ashivaka,4-H Youth Development Educator, Purdue Extension, Marion County

The Marion County 4-H program (Indianapolis) is challenging youths to step out of their comfort zones by promoting a community initiative known as 4-H Action IDEA (Identity, Development, Engagement, and Advancement).  The IDEA is to explore creative ways to bring new opportunities where youth identify needs and interests, in partnership with adults, in targeted community groups and especially inner-city areas. The aim is to make youth own the values of their communities to raise responsible citizens in the future. In this webinar, you will discover the different ways youth are engaging in the IDEA project, its successes, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Farmer-to-Farmer Opportunities for Extension Professionals March 15, 2018, 3:30 PM EST

presented by USDA NIFA

Center for International Programs and 4-H Nat’l Headquarters within Division Youth and 4-H, USDA NIFA will host a webinar with partners explaining Farmer-to-Farmer opportunities.

Federal Partners Present International Positive Youth Development March 29, 2018, 3:30 PM EST

presented by Dr. Lisa Lauxman, Director, 4-H Nat’l HQ, DY4-H, and Dr. Otto Gonzalez, Director, CIP

4-H Nat’l HQ within the Division Youth and 4-H (DY4-H) and Center for International Programs (CIP), USDA NIFA, present a webinar on how the federal partner engages with positive youth development opportunities.

Civil Discourse (domestic citizenship) May 8, 2018, 2:00 PM EST

presented by Doug Swanson, 4-H National Headquarters, NIFA, USDA 

4-H National Headquarters supported the National Institute of Civil Discourse in the development of a text-based program titled “Revive Civility.” We will introduce the program and share how you can utilize it in your local 4-H programs. We will also discuss what civility and civil discourse are and how they related to 4-H programming.  National extension resources will be shared.  An interactive discussion will focus on what is going on in your local programs related to civility and civil discourse, what the issues and potential for addressing them are, and what resources you need.  Please join us for this sharing and discussion session.

Global Youth Citizenship (global citizenship) September 11, 2018, 2:00 PM EST

presented by Jennifer Skuza, Assistant Dean, University of Minnesota Extension 

Global youth citizenship emphasizes the importance of thinking because our thinking drives our attitudes, behaviors, and actions.  The presenters will discuss why global youth citizenship is important, define key terms, and frame global citizenship within the context of 4-H Youth Development. They will also discuss youth perspectives and share innovative methods to teach global citizenship. This workshop is based on a peer-reviewed, nationally distributed curriculum entitled WeConnect: A Global Youth Citizenship Curriculum Second Edition.

English Linguistic Summer Camp 2019 (global citizenship) November 6, 2018, 2:00 PM EST

presented by Alayne Torretta, County 4-H Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County

This webinar will present current opportunities at the International Summer English Language School in Berdsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia to be held the summer of 2019 for Russian youth 6-17 years of age learning English. The program is in its 13th year and pays all expenses on the ground in-country. 


For more information regarding this program please contact Stephanie Davison,