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Democracy Camp

Built on the public service ideals of Sen. John Glenn for Ohio high school students who want to make a difference.

Explore ways to engage in the democratic process while advocating for your priorities and serving your community.

Join us on July 24, 2024 for Democracy Camp

This year, Democracy Camp is a one-day conference packed with conversation and education about local government, voting and hot policy topics. Engaged high-school students will also learn from public service professionals and Glenn College instructors. The conference is open to rising high school juniors and seniors and is offered free of charge. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from campus.


The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs 1810 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210

Application Opens: February 1

Apply (click on this link) by June 1 at 11:59pm

Be prepared to provide the following:

  • An overview of your current extracurricular involvements
  • Answers (300 words or less) to the following prompts:
    • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
    • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
    • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • Senator Glenn was believed to be the ideal public servant having dedicated his life to public service and working "across the aisle" to make change. Who is your ideal public servant? What makes them ideal?



  • Network with current elected and appointed government officials
  • Meet with Ohio State Admissions representatives to learn about the college application process
  • Ohio State application fee waivers will be provided to program participants
  • Light breakfast and lunch provided