4-H youth given a chance to serve state government

January 23, 2010 10:49:00 PM



MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Four qualified 4-H''ers who want to learn more about Mississippi government will have the chance to be legislative pages for one week in March for the Mississippi Senate or House of Representatives. 


The Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H program and the Center for Governmental Training and Technology are sponsoring the opportunity for 4-H youth to serve in the Legislative Page Internship Program March 15-19. Program coordinators hope to select two male and two female 4-H''ers for the positions. 


"This is a great opportunity for 4-H youth to learn valuable lessons by working in the state capitol," said Anne Hilbun, governmental training specialist overseeing the program for the Center for Governmental Training and Technology. 


Applicants must be 4-H members between the ages of 14 and 17 and have at least a B average in high school. They must agree to abide by behavioral standards expected of 4-H members. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 12, and faxed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 12. Forms are available at county Extension offices. 


This is the 17th year 4-H and the Center for Governmental Training and Technology have offered four page positions to qualified youth. 4-H will provide lodging at a nearby hotel, along with basic insurance and a chaperone. 


For information about the 4-H legislative page program, contact Hilbun at 662-325-3141 or [email protected]