“Our youth voted and decided that they want to talk more about what we as a society would have to give up to get the political system that would benefit all of us,” Mestrovich Seay said. “This is always discussed on a spectrum, understanding that there are many options available. They deliberate and weigh those options.
“On the second topic, policing, the discussion will be around what we should do to ensure justice and fair treatment in our communities.”
Mestrovich Seay is one of the leaders in the Kansas 4-H program series, Community Conversations, in which youth are trained to facilitate discussions in their communities around hard-to-address topics. Some of those youth will help to lead the discussions during Citizenship in Action.
“As we’re talking and deliberating on societal issues that matter, we actually agree to disagree and find a way to come to a consensus for the common good,” Mestrovich Seay said.
Those discussions will highlight the Feb. 14 portion of Citizenship in Action. On Feb. 15, Hinshaw said youth will hear from several speakers – including state legislators and 4-H alumni who are making a positive impact in their community.
“Part of our charge when we leave on Monday is to have everybody thinking how they, too, can make a positive difference in their community,” Hinshaw said.
“We know that leadership happens at all levels and this is a good opportunity to focus on that,” she added.
Hinshaw urges youth and families to learn more about Citizenship in Action by contacting their local 4-H club leader, or their local K-State Research and Extension agent.