Five Collier County 4-H members attended the 2018 Florida 4-H Legislature (LEG) in June. This event provides an unparalleled hands-on opportunity for young people to learn how the state legislative process works. The participants plan and run the event, which takes place at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee. Each student plays the role of a lobbyist, a state senator, a state representative, or media correspondent during the event.
Before arriving in Tallahassee, the participants work hard studying proposed bills and how the legislative process works, to help them prepare for their roles. During the event, the senators and representatives speak for or against bills, and they learn how to debate, negotiate, and participate in legislative committees. The lobbyists have to convince the senators and representatives to support their points of view, and the media correspondents capture all the news of the event.
This year’s Collier County participants were:
- Bess Granholm – State Senator and Senate Education Committee Chair
- Gen Granholm – State Senator
- Quinn Silic – State Senator
- Alyssa Martinez – State Representative
- Demario Brody-Harris – State Representative
Awards are presented to the most outstanding participants at the end of the week. Three Collier County 4-H youth were nominated for awards. Both Quinn Silic and Bess Granholm were nominated for the Chris Allen Award for “Most Outstanding Senator,” and Quinn Silic won the award. Demario Brody-Harris was nominated as “Most Outstanding Representative.” Gen Granholm served on the selection committee for the awards.
Participants stay in dorms at Florida State University during 4-H Legislature and have many opportunities to get to know other 4-H members from across Florida.
For more information about this innovative program, see http://florida4h.org/programsandevents_/leg/.