Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

The Ohio Youth Capital Challenge (OYCC) is a joint program of FFA, the Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio 4-H Youth Development. One of the key values that makes these organizations successful is exceptional community citizenship. Each year up to 40 youth delegates are selected for the OYCC where they explore the legislative process while developing and presenting policy changes to better their communities. Delegates work in assigned teams mentored by college students; up to ten students will be selected as mentors.


Ohio Youth Capital Challenge Mentor Internship
The OYCC is seeking dynamic, motivated college students with an interest in public policy to serve as mentors to youth delegates.

Mentor Position
The responsibility of the Mentors is to encourage and support the research process for youth delegates. Mentors are assigned to a team of 2-4 youth and are expected to meet regularly with teams, and ensure they stay on schedule. Mentors will assist delegates in understanding the curriculum covering civil discourse, policy creation, etiquette, public speaking, creation of bills, and research. The 2022 OYCC will be planned as a hybrid experience, with the ability to transition to in-person activities as allowed by partners and local regulations. Mentors may be expected to work up to 10 hours per month.

Desired Experience
Currently enrolled college students in their second year or beyond are encouraged to apply. We are seeking candidates with:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience working with youth
  • Major/Minor in Ag Communication, Public Policy, Agribusiness, Public Service, Community Leadership, or related area
  • OYCC, 4-H and/or FFA alumni are encouraged to apply

Mentors are eligible to receive up to a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the program, pending their active engagement with their team, all program obligations have been met, satisfactory performance of their mentoring/coaching duties, and following a short evaluation and review with staff.

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Ohio Youth Capital Challenge Delegates
The OYCC is for youths who want to learn more about government and public policy and make a difference in their community.

Delegate Position
The Ohio Youth Capital Challenge (OYCC) began in the mid-2000s as a partnership between Ohio 4-H, Ohio FFA and Ohio Farm Bureau, with the goal of introducing youth to advocacy, citizenship and public policy. Over the past 10 years, more than 400 high school students have participated in the program, working in teams to research a local community issue, work with mentors and share their solutions in a public format. Teams also have the opportunity to travel to the Ohio Statehouse to meet with legislators and aides to better understand the conception, development, and implementation of public policies.

In 2022, the program will be held virtually with a new curriculum releasing bi-weekly through the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge Google Classroom. Delegates will be assigned a team where you will be tasked with developing public policy proposals and presentations for public hearing. Independent work over the four-month period is expected as teams work with mentors to prepare their policies and presentations.

Youths who are in at least the ninth grade and between the ages of 14-18 during the 2021-2022 school year are invited to apply or may be nominated by teachers or advisors.

Deadline to apply or nominate: January 21, 2022

OYCC Nomination

Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes Ohio FFA, 4-H and Ohio Farm Bureau successful organizations. These groups are partnering to host the 2022 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge for youth in your community.

Please take a moment to complete the nominee information for a youth member within your organization that meets these minimum criteria:
– Nominee is enrolled during the 2021-2022 school year and is in at least the ninth grade
– Nominee is between the ages of 14 and 18
– Nominee has shown an interest in local community issues and has a desire to be more involved; and
– The Nominee has access to a reliable computer or tablet to complete online schoolwork.

Nominees will be notified via email by Friday, December 3, 2021.

Nominating teachers, extension agents and Farm Bureau members are NOT obligated to attend or participate in this program beyond submitting the nominee contact information.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Turner kturner@ofbf.org, Sally McClaskey mcclaskey.12@osu.edu, or Ryan Curtis ryan.curtis@education.ohio.gov.