Citizenship Washington Focus

June 20 – 27, 2024

We have reserved space for fifteen delegates. There will be an orientation for Maine delegates prior to the trip. Please anticipate receiving this date and location by the end of March, once delegates have been selected; it is highly recommended youth attend the orientation in order to go on the trip. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. If this will be an issue, please contact Heidi Palmer, State Activities Coordinator to discuss.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth, ages 14-18, from across the country. Take your 4-H experience to another level through Citizenship Washington Focus, a six-day intensive summer citizenship program for youth.  CWF delegates learn about the democratic process and their role as citizens while they experience our nation’s capital. Get the inside scoop about how government really works from prominent guest speakers and interact with Maine’s state senators and representatives and/or their staffers. Program fellows lead bill writing workshops, as well as a national issues forum and mock elections. There are congressional sessions that prepare youth for leadership now and in the future. Non-4-H and mature 14-year-old youth may attend this event with approval from the county office they represent.  Generally, this is a one-time experience, but youth may attend more than once but they will pay the full participation price. The 4-H Foundation does not provide scholarships to non 4-H members.

For more information, visit Citizenship Washington Focus for a National trip overview. Contact your local UMaine Extension county office or Heidi Palmer, State Activities Coordinator for more information.