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Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

Citizenship Washington Focus is a leadership and citizenship event for high school youth from across the United States.  This week-long conference is held in Washington, D.C.  Youth delegates and adult chaperones will stay at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center.  

Dates: June 24 departure - July 1, 2017

Please note that this conference begins with the pre-workshop held in Farmington and ends with the delegation returning from Washington, D.C. via bus transportation. All youth delegates and chaperones are expected to follow this itinerary; other departure dates and travel arrangements will not be accepted.

CWF Overview

CWF Objectives

  • Strengthen communication, leadership, and citizenship skills on a national level.
  • Understand the importance of developing civic and social responsibilities as it relates to the  development of better citizens and leaders.
  • Exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C.
  • Learn essential civic leadership skills to explore and engage in real change in their communities.

Program objectives are met through speakers, workshops, pre-conference webinars and workshop, daily excursions to view national sites and Day at the Capitol with elected officials.

Download this CWF informational flyer to share with friends.

Important dates for CWF 2017

May-June: Required

  • Youth delegates will take part in two pre-recorded training webinars that will be available for viewing on the 4-H events website under CWF.

June 24

  • Registration/check-in 8:30 a.m. followed by required pre-conference workshop at the Farmington Regional Extension Office
    Please note that this conference begins with the pre-workshop held in Farmington and ends with the delegation returning from Washington D.C. via chartered bus.  All youth delegates and chaperones are expected to follow this itinerary.  Other departure dates and travel arrangements will not be accepted. 
  • Leave via charter coach to Washington D.C. from Farmington Regional Office

June 24-July 1

  • Citizenship Washington Focus experience in Washington D.C.

July 1

  • Evening arrival back in Minnesota

A typical CWF week is packed with the following events and activities.

Saturday: Pre-conference workshop at Farmington Regional Office and travel via coach bus
Sunday: Arrive at National 4-H Youth Conference Center, Washington, D.C.; Congressional issues workshops; social time; opening ceremonies
Monday: Workshops; Nightview of Washington, D.C.
Tuesday: Workshops; Arlington Cemetery
Wednesday: Capitol Hill visits with elected officials and tour; national sites visits
Thursday: Workshops and Congressional session; national sites visits
Friday: Delegation Day; workshops; closing ceremonies - 11:59 p.m. Depart for home
Saturday: Evening arrival in Minnesota

How to participate

Youth delegates

Age requirements

In addition to being currently enrolled in Minnesota 4-H (active enrollment in 4HOnline), youth applying to take part in CWF must have completed the ninth grade by June 24, 2017 and be at least 14 years of age. If graduated from high school in the spring of 2017, the applicant must be age 19 or younger through July 1, 2017.

Minnesota delegation numbers

The number of individuals (including youth, chaperones and a University staff member) in the Minnesota CWF delegation will be adequate to fill one charter bus. Applicants approved by their counties will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


A lead chaperone will be selected from the pool of staff applications. Selection will be held on or around March 24, 2017. Four adult volunteer chaperones will be selected from the pool of adult chaperone applications. Each accepted adult volunteer must be screened according to the University of Minnesota Extension 4-H Youth Development volunteer screening policies. Chaperones will receive additional training via webinar. There will be a minimal charge for adult chaperones who attend.

How to apply

The following forms must be completed and submitted together, along with a $700 deposit on or after February 22, 2017. Do not send forms separately. Applications submitted without the deposit will not be accepted. The first two forms are available prior to February 22 in order to allow time to obtain the signature of your 4-H program coordinator. Do not mail any application materials before February 22!

  1. CWF Application support form - Requires signatures from parent/legal guardian, youth delegate and program coordinator
  2. CWF: A Call to Action pay-it-forward agreement - Requires signatures from youth delegate and parent/legal guardian
  3. CWF Youth Delegate application form - Requires signatures from youth delegate and parent/legal guardian

Check with your county 4-H program coordinator to find out if your county has other requirements for participation.

Applications will be accepted until the program is full or until April 28, 2017, whichever is earlier.

Additional application requirements and comments

Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, meeting all down-payment and application instructions as indicated on this website and on the application form. No exceptions. Open spaces generally fill up very quickly.

Requirements pre- and post-conference

May, 2017

  • Required participation on two pre-recorded webinars:
  • Required completion of webinar evaluation

July 1, 2017

  • Completed conference evaluation (on bus).

December, 2017

  • Final evaluation sent to participants.


The approximate cost is $1400; $700 is due with application.  Balance is due by March 28, 2017.   

  • Cost will cover program registration ($816 includes housing and some meals); charter bus transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and full week of travel around Washington, D.C.; fees to Holocaust museum; special evening event with Minnesota delegation; shirt, program and chaperone support.  Delegates will have additional responsibility of approximately six meals.  

Refund Policy

There is no refund policy in place after April 1, 2017, if a youth delegate is unable to attend the CWF experience.  However, if there are Minnesota youth on a waiting list that agree to attend in the absence of the original delegate, every effort will be made to put another delegate in the absentee delegate's spot so that a refund can be made; however, it is not guaranteed.  All changes, if possible, would need to be approved by Judith A. Conway, University of Minnesota Extension Educator at and are not guaranteed.  There will not be any changes or refunds made after June 1, 2017.


Judith A. Conway, Extension educator, or 651-480-7792

Diane Lambrecht, executive administrative specialist, or 651-480-7703

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