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Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

Citizenship Washington Focus is a leadership and citizenship program 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.  Pre-application materials will be posted Jan. 15, 2015, with full application materials posted Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Program objectives

Program objectives are met through speakers, workshops, pre-conference webinars, daily excursions to view national sites, day at the capitol with elected officials, delegate design and implement CWF: A Call to Action.

Dates for Minnesota CWF delegates

June 20, 2015 (Beginning at 9 a.m. into afternoon): Required pre-conference workshop at Farmington regional office

June 20, 2015: Leave via charter coach to Washington D.C. from Farmington regional office

June 21 - June 27: Citizenship Washington Focus Experience in Washington D.C.

June 27 evening: Arrive Back in Minnesota

Typical CWF week


Pre-workshop at Farmington regional office and travel via coach bus


Arrive at National 4-H Youth Conference Center, Washington, D.C; Congressional issues workshops, social time, opening ceremonies


Workshops, night view of Washington, D.C.


Workshops, Arlington Cemetery


Capitol Hill visits with elected officials and tour, national sites visits


Workshops and congressional session, national sites visits


Delegation day at the National Mall, closing ceremonies

Friday, 11:59 pm

Depart for home


Evening arrival in Minnesota

Youth delegates


County approved youth, grades 9-13 (see age requirements). ONE group of 55 (50 youth and 5 adult chaperone advisors).

Age requirement:

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.


The CWF program is full. A waiting list has been started for additional youth delegate applications. Contact Diane at for additional information.

Jan. 15, 2015

All pre-application materials accessed on website.

Feb. 17, 2015

  • CWF full application materials accessed on website.  With a postmark date beginning Feb. 17, all required application materials and $700 down payment due.   
  • Check with your county 4-H program coordinator if there are other requirements for participation.
  • CWF youth delegate application form (745K DOC) View PDF

Required pre- and post-conference

May 2015

Required participation on two pre-recorded webinars:  1) Logistics; 2) Understanding CWF: A Call to Action
Required completion of webinar evaluation.

June 27, 2015

Completed conference evaluation (on bus).  Includes identification of CWF:  A Call to Action plan

Dec., 2015

CWF:  A Call to Action plan progress or final report
(Optional) Final progress report March 2016, if needed


The approximate cost is $1400; $700 is due with application.  Balance is due by March 28, 2015.   

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

Refund policy

There is no refund policy in place after April 2, 2015, 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 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 and are not guaranteed.  There will not be any changes or refunds made after June 3, 2015.


The chaperone candidate pool is now closed.

Lead chaperones will be selected from the pool of staff applications.  Selection will be held on or around March 17. 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.  There will be a minimal charge for adult chaperones who attend.


Judith A. Conway
University of Minnesota Extension educator
Center for Youth Development
Work:   651-480-7792
Diane Lambrecht
University of Minnesota Extension
Phone:  651-480-7703

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