4-H members learn about local government in Mifflin County

Students meet with Mifflin County officials

On Thursday March 21, 17 Mifflin County 4-H members spent the day at the Mifflin County Courthouse visiting with many of our local government officials. These 17 4-H members dedicated their day to learning about what who our county officials are and what they do in their job, how they impact Mifflin County as a community and how they can get involved.

They visited offices like the Mifflin County Sheriff’s Office, the Geographic Information Systems Office, Veteran’s Affairs, Public Safety Office and the Mifflin County Commissioners’ Office. We also had visits from our district attorney, county detective, court reporter, common pleas judge and our state Senator Jake Corman and State Representative John Hershey.

The 4-H members were tasked with investigating the ins and outs of each official’s job and offices. They were able to learn about our 911 call center, events that happen in their communities, how a court room operates and is conducted, how our state representatives advocate for our rights at a state level and learn how they map our county geographically using drones. The Mifflin County 4-H is proud to offer opportunities for our 4-H members to become civically engaged in their county and learn new ways they can give back and get involved in opportunities these offices offer. Through 4-H civic engagement programs, youth learn about civic affairs, build decision-making skills and develop a sense of understanding and confidence in relating and connecting to other people. These life skills help grow 4-H youth into true leaders. If you want to learn more about how you can get involved in the Mifflin County 4-H program, call the Mifflin County Extension Office at (717) 248-9618.

The Mifflin County 4-H would like to thank the following offices and staff members for taking time out of their day to support the program and the youth who were in attendance: James Drayer and the Mifflin County Sheriff’s Office, Laura Simonetti and the GIS Office, Christine DeArment and the Veteran’s Affairs Office, Phil Lucas and the Public Safety Office, Aaron Gingrich Common Pleas Judge, Alice Marshall-Arnold Court Reporter, District Attorney Chris Torquato, County Detective Craig Snyder, Mifflin County Commissioners Rob Postal, Kevin Kodish and Steve Dunkle and Sentaor Jake Corman and State Representative John Hershey.

Administered in Pennsylvania by Mifflin County 4-H-Penn State Extension, 4-H is a community of more than six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Penn State Extension 4-H youth development educators in all 67 counties throughout the commonwealth administer local 4-H programs through non-formal education and outreach. To find your local program, visit the Penn State Extension website at https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h.”