4-H Curriculum We the People

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We the People curriculum provides the facilitator with a cohesive educational plan to guide intentional learning experiences with youth that will prepare them with the knowledge and competencies to become active and engaged citizens. We the People is especially designed to prepare youth for a meaningful capstone event, such as the 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus conference. 

The curriculum consists of six lessons, which include experiential learning activities and inquiry-based learning to support the National 4-H Citizenship Mission Mandate. The curriculum highlights the key focus areas of citizenship as defined by the National 4-H Headquarters. These areas include:

Civic Education
Civic Engagement
Personal Development
Service Learning

Each lesson is supported with four different facilitator and student pieces:

  • We the People Lesson Plan
  • Lesson PowerPoint® Presentations
  • Lesson Agenda
  • Capstone Event Newsletter

Learning Outcomes

  1. Strengthen communication, leadership and other citizenship skills on a local, state and national level.
  2. Understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders.
  3. Exchange ideas, practice respect and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world.


Several places throughout the curriculum refer back to this website to find additional resources to help facilitate different activities. Below you will find links to view or download these additional resources. 

Lesson 3 Resources

Martin Luther King, "I have a dream" Speech

Excerpt (5 min) Full (17 min)

John F. Kennedy Political Ad on Healthcare (Excerpt)

Nebraska Congressional Photos

Lesson 4 Resources

Cultural Activity Photos

Lesson 5 Resources

Service Learning Project Example


If you have questions about the curriculum please contact us.

Cathy Johnston | Linda Dannehl