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Know Your Government

Program Contact: Jenny W. Loyd, 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 574-1600 •

An opportunity for teens to experience hands-on learning by focusing on different aspects of government such as passing a bill, the judicial system, lobbying, the election process, creating a budget, and aspects of county, state, federal, and international government. Youth learn through relevant curriculum and culminate their experience by participating in the annual Washington 4-H Know Your Government Conference.


  • Understand legislative processes
  • Experience parliamentary procedures
  • practice responsible citizenship/participation in democracy
  • develop skills in debate, persuasive speaking, conscientious listening, and leadership
  • acquire knowledge of state legislative districts and the issues that affect them

4-H Government Curriculum

Available through the Extension office or online.

Washington 4-H Records, Forms, and Guides

For youth members

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For adult helpers and club leaders

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State 4-H Citizenship Project Resources

Helpful Resources

Activity Ideas

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Washington Specific Reference Material

Your Government – Washington State

How our government works should be transparent and accessible. Read reports and data on our state’s budget and debt management, and learn more about our legislature, courts, corrections department, local and tribal government, and military. Get informed and involved through voting and elections or volunteering with a state agency.

Other Reference Material

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A shield shaped logo for the Know Your Government program. Upper left, the 4-H four leaf clover; upper right, a domed capitol building; lower left, justice scales; lower right, a quill and paper. Title "4-H Know Your Government" arches above, "WSU Extension" arches below

Know Your Government

Know Your Government (KYG) is a civic education program with a four-year rotating topic: The Legislative System, The Judicial System, Elections and Party Platforms, and Politics and the Media. It is important to remember though, that KYG is much more than learning about how the Legislative process works. In fact, one could argue that it is little about that.

Purpose: To bring high school students from across the state to share ideas, concerns, and potential solutions to problems; to learn about Washington State government and how to become a positive contributing citizen; and to strengthen the connection between youth and our political and social networks through education, experience, application, and inspiration.


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