Do Now #1: Selfies

Selfies: Love them or hate them?

You see them all over your social media sites: Selfies. We all take them, we all make fun of them. Watch this video (only until 5:50) and tell us what your opinion is!  Use the #WAKYG15SELFIES So that you can see what other 4-Hers are saying about them. After you post, be sure to respond to others ideas and thoughts. Happy Hashtagging!

Be sure to comment on this blog post with your thoughts too!

Welcome KYG 2015!

Heeellllllllllllooooooooooo KYGers!

Here's the first of many posts to come on the blog for the 2015 KYG year :) Our theme is "Politics and the Media -- Digital Citizenship." We are going to focus a lot on the ways politics and media is affected by the new digital age, looking at social mediums like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and blogging.

Stay tuned for more updates from us! The easiest way to follow this year's posts is to click on the "Media 2015" label, found in the right hand column toward the bottom of your screen.

And, as always, listen for information from your local Extension Office about when your county KYG group will begin meetings.

Rachel and the KYG Core Team

4-H Know Your Government

February 14-17, 2015
Olympia, WA

"Politics and the Media"
Digital Citizenship: Building Responsible
Citizens Utilizing Media 

Vision Statement:
The 4-H Know Your Government (KYG) Conference empowers youth and adults to engage in leadership, citizenship and life skill development and application.

Mission statement:
The 4-H Know Your Government Conference serves to strengthen the connection between youth and our political and social networks through education, experience, application and inspiration.

The 4-H KYG curriculum is designed with the following values above in mind:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Accepting Differences
  • Learning to Learn
  • Decision Making
  • Useful/Marketable Skills
  • Responsible Citizenship

    4-H License Plate Bill Hearing

    Here is the 4-H License Plate Bill hearing from 2/20 inn Olympia.

    Spokane County Candidate

    Spokane County Candidate


    Campaign video

    Spokane county's Campaign video/flash mob.check it out

    Magic Skagit: Election Reform Resolution

     Our Election Reform Resolution did not send with the others.  So here it is:

    Skagit County
    Election Reform Resolution
    By Casidy Brown, and Kimberly Torheim

    Whereas, Youth are being shorted because they cannot understand the registration and voting process.
    Whereas, On-line registration and voting would help this. 
    Whereas, Youth do not understand the process in which people register, and vote.
    Whereas, A program to educate youth would on how to register, vote, and why they should, would increase voter turnout among youth in our country.

    Now, therefore be it resolved, that the current voting system needs to be changed to on-line so that youth will be able to understand it, and feel more comfortable.  There will be programs in place to educate youth on how to proceed through the election process, and why it’s so important that they do.

    ~Skagit KYG

    Spokane County

    Spokane County has fund raised over $5,000 and are still working on it. Our talent show brought in over $2,000. It was a great night of talent, dessert and amazing auction items. We had 5 acts--all the kids are 4-H members in Spokane County. The cost for each of us to go to KYG is $20 each !!!!! We're bringing 17 delegates and 9 chaperone's this year. 

    Spokane County

    Wahkiakum County

    Wahkiakum County
    Today we heading into the BIG city to purchase some materials for our campaign with our county coordinator. Our campaign departments started on different areas today for their related jobs. We made a menu for breakfast and look forward to our trip to Costco in Olympia before KYG. Our county afternoon out activity will be fun and we look forward to hanging out as a group.
    Abby, Maria, Shanna, Zach, Dylan, Ben, and Reuben
    Lisa Frink, 360-560-3570
    Wahkiakum 4-H Afterschool Youth Mobilization Coordinator

    Dress Code Video

    Hello fellow KYG members,

    Who is looking forward to KYG? I know I am.  With KYG in just under a week I know you are thinking of what to wear.  My county has come to the rescue. King county has come up with their own idea of the dress code Hope you like it.
    Chris Sechrist 
    A Man Among Boys, A Leader Among Followers.

    Wahkiakum County

    Wahkiakum County Update
    We picked our candidate!!! His name is Ben Vasion. He a junior at Wahkiakum High School and and newly elected SA. He is active in wrestling and track. Ben looks forward to his campaign and his KYG experience.
    We recently had a successful fundraiser at the Pioneer Community Association Encore Concert providing refreshments. Our next fundraiser begins this week with selling items at our local middle school for Valentine's Day. This fundraiser and has been successful in the past and we look forward to its continued success.
    We are looking to schedule a meeting with our local county commissioner to get insight into the campaign process. We recently assigned roles to our delegation for our campaign.
    We look forward to seeing familiar faces at KYG 2012.

    KYG Resolutions Are Posted

    Links to the KYG Resolutions have been posted on the "Link List" on the Right Side of this Blog.
    It includes:
    • All Resolutions (Download all at once)
    • Economy Resolutions
    • Education Resolutions
    • Election Reform Resolutions
    • Energy Resolutions
    • Environment Resolutions
    • Health Care Resolutions
    • Immigration Resolutions
    • Safety and Security Resolution
    KYG Team

    Spokane County

    We have finally confirmed the last of our legislative visits. Because Spokane County has 5 districts, we have scheduled meetings with 9 of our legislative representatives. We will be busy Monday Afternoon! This week our guest speaker was Spokane County Commissioner Todd Milke. Commissioner Milke is a former state representative and was legislative advocate. He spoke to us about his experience in government, the relationship between county and state governments, and gave us a few suggestions on how to run an effective political campaign. This weekend is our biggest fund raiser, the 4-H Youth Talent Night, Dessert, and Silent Auction. (You should come, it will be fun!)

    Grant County

    Delegates from the Grant County KYG will be facilitating the Grant-Adams 4-H Super Saturday on February 11. We plan on holding a silent auction to raise money for the conference, and all of the delegates are are getting excited the closer the conference gets here.

    Grant/Adams Area

    The Magic Skagit: Day 5

    We are sitting at the Standwood County Living Expo doing a bake sale to raise money for our KYG campaign. We are looking forward to heading down to Olympia next month. Stay tuned for more magical updates.

    ~Skagit KYG

    Collect Pop Tops

    Hi County Coordinators! Know Your Government Training was a great weekend!

    The Conference Facilitators worked well with the Planning Team to plan an awesome weekend. We have a feeling that this will be a great year at KYG. Just a reminder, we are doing the pop tabs again so if you could let your county know to be collecting tabs up until the conference. You can bring the tabs to the conference where the Conference Facilitators will be weighing the tabs and the county with the heaviest weight will win a prize. I am also attaching the dance flyer for this year's theme at KYG, be sure to tell your county delegates to dress up! I cannot wait to see you all at the conference with your delegates and what your candidate and their team has prepared. If you have any questions let Jan or I know.
    Thank you,
    Melissa Brooks, Collegiate Facilitator

    Spokane is ready for action

    We have picked our Candidate and turned in our information. Spokane's Candidate is our very own Elizabeth Wright!!!!

    Planks are also turned in. We have some very interesting topics this year. Hope you're ready for a good debate!

    Also our fund raiser has been moved to Feb 4th due to snow. If you're the area come support us.
    The 4-H Talent Show and Silent Auction will be at the Opportunity Presbyterian Church at 4:30pm. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!!!
    Spokane County