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4-H members on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

4-H has always placed emphasis on the importance of young people being engaged, well-informed citizens. 4-H Citizenship programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world. By providing them with opportunities to connect to their communities and adult leaders, youth gain a clear understanding of their role in civic affairs and are able to build their decision-making ability. This solid foundation helps youth understand and acquire the skills that will allow them to become astute leaders for the 21st Century.