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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 Friday, January 15, 2016, with full application materials posted Tuesday, February 16, 2016.   

2016 Program Objectives

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

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 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.

  • CWF Application Support Form - Requires signatures from parent, youth delegate and program coordinator
  • CWF: A Call to Action background and support materials
  • CWF: A Call to Action Pay it Forward agreement- Requires signatures from adult mentor, youth delegate, and program coordinator

(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
  • CWF full application materials accessed on website. With a postmark date beginning February 16, all required application materials and $700 down payment due.
  • Check with your county 4-H program coordinator to find out if your county has other requirements for participation.

(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

May, 2016
  • Required participation on two pre-recorded webinars: 1) Logistics; 2) Understanding CWF: A Call to Action
  • Required completion of webinar evaluation
July 9, 2016
  • Completed conference evaluation (on bus). Includes identification of CWF: A Call to Action plan
December, 2016
  • CWF: A Call to Action plan progress or final report
  • (Optional) Final progress report March 2017, if needed


The approximate cost to take part in 2016 CWF is $1400; $700 is due with application.  Balance is due by March 28, 2016.   

Refund policy

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 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.

For promotional purposes

Citizenship Washington Focus Information Marketing flyer (PDF)


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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