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 Friday, January 15, 2016, with full application materials posted Tuesday, February 16, 2016.
2016 Program 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.
- Practice what is learned about engaged citizenship by developing and implementing a CWF: Call to Action community action plan.
Program objectives are met through speakers, workshops, pre-conference webinars and workshop, 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 4-H CWF delegates
|July 2, 2016, 9 a.m. - noon||Required pre-conference workshop at Farmington Regional Office|
|July 2, 2016||Leave via charter coach to Washington, D.C. from Farmington Regional Office|
|July 3 - July 9, 2016||Citizenship Washington Focus experience in Washington, D.C.|
|July 9, 2016 (evening)||Arrive back in Minnesota|
Typical CWF week
|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||Delegation Day at the National Mall|
|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||Workshops, closing ceremonies|
|Friday, 11:59 p.m.||Depart for home|
|Saturday||Evening arrival in Minnesota|
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 July 1, 2016 and be at least 14 years of age. If graduated from high school in the spring of 2016, the applicant must be age 19 or younger through July 9, 2016.
ONE group of approximately 50 members (approximately 45 youth actively enrolled in Minnesota 4-H and 5 adult chaperone advisors, including one University of Minnesota staff member) will take part in 2016 CWF.
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.
|January 15, 2016||
All pre-application materials accessed on website.
(This information is available prior to February 16 to allow enough time to get signatures. The signature forms are due with the full application that will not be available on the website until February 16.)
|February 16, 2016||
(Since this is a first-come, first-served acceptance based on program requirements, full application is available on February 16 to allow for equal opportunity for submission. Please send pre-application materials that require signatures with this full application.)
Required Pre- and Post-Conference
|July 9, 2016||
The approximate cost to take part in 2016 CWF is $1400; $700 is due with application. Balance is due by March 28, 2016.
- 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; CWF polo shirt, program and chaperone support. Delegates will have additional responsibility of approximately six meals.
- 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.
There is no refund policy in place after April 2, 2016, 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 at email@example.com and are not guaranteed. There will not be any changes or refunds made after June 3, 2016.
Adult volunteer chaperone applications will be found online beginning February 16, 2016. Lead chaperone will be selected from the pool of staff applications. Selection will be held on or around March 16, 2016. 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.
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Judith A. Conway
University of Minnesota Extension educator
Center for Youth Development
University of Minnesota Extension