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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

Saturday

Pre-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

Workshops, night view of Washington, D.C.

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

Delegation day at the National Mall, closing ceremonies

Friday, 11:59 pm

Depart for home

Saturday

Evening arrival in Minnesota

Youth delegates

Numbers:

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.

Application

Jan. 15, 2015

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 contract: Requires signatures from adult mentor, youth delegate and program coordinator

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.

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

Cost

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.

Chaperones

Adult volunteer chaperone applications will be found online beginning Feb. 17, 2015.  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.

Contacts

Judith A. Conway
University of Minnesota Extension educator
Center for Youth Development
Work:   651-480-7792
conw0076@umn.edu
-or-
Diane Lambrecht
University of Minnesota Extension
Phone:  651-480-7703
lambr031@umn.edu

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