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.
Citizenship Washington Focus informational flyer (PDF to print and share)
Dates for 2016 Minnesota 4-H CWF delegates
Please note that this conference begins with the pre-workshop held in Farmington and ends with the delegatin 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.
9 a.m. - noon Required pre-conference workshop at Farmington Regional Office.
12 p.m. Leave via charter coach for Washington, D.C. from Farmington Regional Office
July 3 - 9
Citizenship Washington Focus experience in Washington, D.C.
July 9 (evening)
Arrive back in Minnesota
- 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.
Citizenship Washington focus brings together 4-H members from across the country. Read more about the experience.
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: 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 - 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.
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.
- Citizenship Washington Focus chaperone application will be available February 16.
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.
Full application materials will be available on this website on February 16. The following documents are available prior to February 16 to allow enough time to get signatures. These signature forms are to be submitted along with a down-payment with the full application that will be posted on February 16. Do not submit these forms separately.
- CWF Application support form (PDF) - Requires signatures from parent, youth delegate and program coordinator.
- CWF: A Call to Action pay-it-forward agreement (PDF-updated January 21, 2016) - Requires signatures from youth delegate and parent/legal guardian.
- CWF: A Call to Action background and support materials (PDF) - Information only, no action needed at this time.
- CWF: A Call to Action adult mentor job description (PDF) - Information only, no action needed at this time.
Additional application materials
- CWF youth delegate application form will be available on February 16, 2016.
- Check with your county 4-H program coordinator to find out if your county has other requirements for participation.
All required application materials and $700 down payment must be submitted together with a postmark date beginning February 16.
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.
Required pre- and post-conference
- Required participation on two pre-recorded webinars:
- Understanding CWF: A Call to Action
- Required completion of webinar evaluation
July 9, 2016
Completed conference evaluation (on bus), including identification of CWF: A Call to Action plan.
- 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.
- 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.
No refund of any portion of the payment is guaranteed after April 1, 2016. If a youth delegate is unable to attend the CWF experience and if there are Minnesota youth on a waiting list who 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. Any such changes will need to be approved by Judith A. Conway, University of Minnesota Extension educator at firstname.lastname@example.org and are not guaranteed. There will not be any changes or refunds made after June 3, 2016.