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.
2015 Citizenship Washington Focus is full. Details regarding 2016 CWF will be available in October, 2015.
2015 Delegate/parent required webinar
Due to the numerous requests to find an alternative way to view the manditory CWF Youth Delegate and Parent Orientation that was to be held on Thursday evening, May 21, we've decided instead to provide you a link to a pre-recorded UMConnect presentation. This presentation is about 35 minutes in length and can be watched as a youth delegate and parent at a time that is convenient to your busy schedules. Please view this recording before June 3.
PLEASE NOTE: THE THURSDAY, MAY 21 LIVE UMCONNECT ORIENTATION HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THIS TAPED ORIENTATION IS TO BE VIEWED AT YOUR CONVENIENCE BUT PRIOR TO JUNE 3.
After you view this orientation, and prior to June 3, please answer the two surveys that are listed below. These surveys will indicate that you have watched the orientation and will give you an opportunity to ask any additional questions you have.
- Survey number one - This survey serves as verification that you watched the orientationm and gives you an opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have.
- Survey number two - This survey asks if the orientation met your needs to help the youth delegate be successful in this CWF experience.
2015 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 plan. More.
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.
- Enhancing the 2015 CWF Experience: Top 10 recommendations
- Guidelines and process to request delegate drop-off - Mall of America - June 27, 2015.
- Updated Citizenship Washington Focus: A Call to Action Information and Community Action Plan. (Available on June 1, 2015)
- Updated CWF: A Call to Action Adult Mentor Job Description. (Available on June 1, 2015)
- About CWF (1-page flyer used for 2015 CWF promotion.)
- 2015 Minnesota 4-H Delegate Handbook (This is original handbook that was mailed to delegates in March.)
2015 Dates pre-, during and post-CWF
- Pre-conference webinar, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m (participation required)
- Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
- Pre-conference begins at 9 a.m.
- Pre-conference workshop at Farmington regional office (participation required)
- Leave via chartered coach to Washington, D.C. from Farmington regional office
June 21 - June 27
- Citizenship Washington Focus Experience in Washington D.C.
- Complete conference evaluation (on bus) including identification of CWF: A Call to Action plan
- Arrive back in Minnesota (evening)
- Citizenship Washington Focus: A Call to Action community action plan due
- CWF: A Call to Action plan final evaluation (sent to delegate via email)
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. Up to four adult volunteer chaperones are 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
University of Minnesota Extension