Mentor Application - 2022 OYCC
Ohio Youth Capital Challenge (OYCC) is seeking dynamic, motivated college students with an interest in public policy to serve as mentors to youth delegates.

Applications will be accepted until November 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Program Overview
OYCC is a joint program of FFA, the Ohio Farm Bureau, and Ohio 4-H Youth Development. One of the key values that makes these organizations successful is exceptional community citizenship. Each year up to 40 youth delegates are selected for the OYCC where they explore the legislative process while developing and presenting policy changes to better their communities. Delegates work in assigned teams mentored by college students; up to ten students will be selected as mentors.

Mentor Position
The responsibility of the Mentors is to encourage and support the research process for youth delegates. Mentors are assigned to a team of 3-5 youth and are expected to meet regularly with teams, and ensure they stay on schedule. Mentors will assist delegates in understanding the curriculum covering civil discourse, policy creation, etiquette, public speaking, creation of bills, and research. The 2022 OYCC will be planned as a hybrid program, incorporating self-driven virtual components each week with scheduled in person activities. Mentors may be expected to work between 8-10 hours per month and will be required to complete a background check.

Timeline
January 2022 - June 2022

Desired Experience
Currently enrolled college students in their second year or beyond are encouraged to apply. We are seeking candidates with:
- Strong communication skills
- Experience working with youth
- Major/ Minor in Ag Communication, Public Policy, Agribusiness, Public Service, Community Leadership, or
related area
- OYCC, 4-H and/or FFA alumni are encouraged to apply

Compensation
Mentors are eligible to receive up to a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the program, pending their active engagement with their team, all program obligations have been met, satisfactory performance of their mentoring/coaching duties, and following a short evaluation and review with staff. This experience provides mentors with the opportunity to refine their communication, legislative, and leadership skills by motivating and coaching youth.

Diversity Statement
The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and its academic and research departments including Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), Ohio State ATI, and Ohio State University Extension embrace human diversity and are committed to ensuring that all research and related educational programs are available to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or veteran status. This statement is in accordance with U.S. civil rights laws and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Cathann A. Kress, PhD, Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean

Deadline
Applications will be accepted until November 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm and virtual interviews will take place between December 14-17, 2021.
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