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4-H Community Conversations Youth Citizen Open Forum

4-H Community Conversations offer youth citizens the opportunity to join together to deliberate in an open forum, to make choices with others about ways to approach difficult issues and have tough conversations to work toward creating reasoned public judgment for the common good. Forums focus on a youth issue such as health, safety, violence, education, drugs and alcohol abuse, bullying, rural and urban issues, and much more. The forums provide a way for youth of diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of the problem and to search for common ground for action. 

Forums are led by trained, neutral moderators who present the overall problem and then three or four approaches to working through the problem. Youth forum participants work through the issue by considering each approach; examining what appeals to them or concerns them, and also what the costs, consequences, and trade-offs may be that would be incurred in following that approach.

Please note: This event is created in part to help youth build communication skills to prepare for Citizenship in Action and Citizenship Washington Focus in 2020. This program is funded through 4-H program fees and has been developed in response to being identified as a 4-H priority area during the 2017 Kansas 4-H Program Prioritization Survey.