CWF 2017

Week 1: June 4 - 10

Week 2: June 11 - 17

Week 3: June 18 - 24

Week 4: June 25 - July 1

Week 5: July 2 - 8

Week 6: July 9 - 15

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What's Your Focus?

What does it mean to be a good citizen or a leader? Are you being a strong civic leader for your community, country and world?

For more than 50 years, thousands of high school youth from all across the country have travelled to Washington, DC each summer to partake in the preeminent 4‑H citizenship and leadership experience—Citizenship Washington Focus.

CWF is more than just another DC field trip – 4‑H'ers learn essential civic leadership skills and leave with the tools that will allow them to bring about real change in their communities.

Registration for 2017 NOW OPEN!

Click the “Register for CWF” button at the top of the page to complete your registration form.

Are you interested in bringing a delegation but not sure how it all works? Contact your state office to see if your state currently has a delegation. If not, contact Maria McNeely for information on how you can experience these life changing events for yourself!

About CWF

Every summer, thousands of young people participate in the program to strengthen their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills on a national level; understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders; exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds; and experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, DC.

CWF participants enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at our nation’s capital and the chance to meet Members of Congress; motivational speakers, educational workshops, and assemblies that increase individual commitment to citizen involvement and build lifetime skills for success
activities that encourage new and lasting friendships; and an enthusiastic staff of young adults that work directly with them.

Contact Us

General questions: National 4‑H Conference Center

Contracts, dates, and rates: Stephanie Collins or call 301-951-3064

Rooming lists, transportation or t-shirts: Jeunice Salita-Lim or call 301-961-2892

Programming or educational opportunities: Maria McNeely or call 301-961-2812

Program Assistants or the application process:  Kelsey Conklin or call 301-961-2810

Educational Workshops

Participants are immersed in the culture and history of Washington through educational workshops, facilitated by our highly trained collegiate program assistants.  Workshops start with the basics of good citizenship and culminate with action planning for their own communities.

Citizenship Toolbox

Delegates begin to explore and define what it means to be a good citizen and learn how to use their individual skills to become leaders in their own communities.

Congressional Issues

Open dialogue and varying perspectives are the critical elements for this workshop as delegates discuss several national issues that our country is currently facing to gain an understanding of how similar issues relate to every citizen.

Issues have included: Youth Labor in Agriculture, Food Labeling, Renewable Resources, Regulations on School Lunches, College Tuition Rates and Federal Funding for Arts Programs in Schools.

Bill Writing

Delegates receive in-depth instruction about the bill writing process that takes place in the House of Representatives and use this knowledge to compose a bill of their own that addresses current issues facing their country and communities.

Strategy

Delegates will learn and put into practice the skills of teamwork, consensus building, gathering support, persuading others, and public speaking as they plan and implement their strategy behind supporting (or not supporting) and lobbying for public opinion for different bills.

Action Planning

Putting practice into action. Using all that they have learned, delegates will discuss issues important to their communities and develop Action Plans to take home to their schools and communities.

Capitol Hill Orientation

Delegates learn about varying resources on Capitol Hill and prepare for their day of speaking to their members of congress about issues important to their constituencies.

Washington, DC Youth Tours

CWF tours are more than just sightseeing in Washington DC. Our licensed Program Assistants, many of whom are outstanding 4‑H alumni, immerse delegates in the culture and history of our nation’s capitol. Delegates don’t just “see” various monuments and memorials; they instead use DC as a living classroom, learning about the history of our nation, the leaders who have shaped it, and their own role in civic affairs both nationally and locally.

Their Focus Helped Rebuild a Library

Georgia 4‑H delegates joined forces at Citizenship Washington Focus to help a local community after Fort Valley State University’s public library in Twiggs County, Georgia burned down as a result of a lightening strike.

Through their efforts, the group was able to raise more than $1,200 that went toward getting new books and furnishings for the library. The 4‑H’ers efforts helped support the rebuilding of the library which will provide the people of the county with the resources lost in the fire.

What Makes CWF Unique?

Citizenship Washington Focus isn’t just another school sightseeing trip to Washington DC. Our “focus” is life-long civic empowerment and engagement for 4‑H members. It truly is a program unlike any other you will find.

National and Local Viewpoints

Using Washington, DC as a living classroom, youth learn about the history of our nation, the leaders who have shaped it, their role in civic affairs both nationally and locally, and how they can apply these invaluable lessons when they go home to bring about real change in their own communities and the world. CWF also brings together 4‑H delegations from across the country to engage in civic discussions and problem solving, offering youth a viewpoint very different from their own.

Licensed, Collegiate Facilitators

Youth are mentored and taught by highly trained and licensed facilitators. We are one of the only programs to utilize collegiate facilitators, many with 4‑H backgrounds, who can best relate to and share experiences with high school age students.

Safety and security

Youth stay at the National 4‑H Conference Center, a facility uniquely designed with the safety, security, and educational needs of youth in mind. The Center is located on a 12-acre campus-like setting just one mile from the Washington, DC border. Unlike many hotels, no alcohol is allowed on the property, and security guards monitor the campus 24 hours a day.

Exclusively 4‑H focused

CWF is a 4‑H tradition that dates back more than 50 years, and is the only such national citizenship and leadership program designed for and offered exclusively to 4‑H members. And as a nonprofit organization, our Center is not about the bottom line. Our profits are put back to work in the 4‑H movement nationwide, assisting 4‑H in developing the next generation of leaders by supporting clubs and volunteers.

Register Your CWF Delegation

What’s a delegation? Typically, states or counties arrange for groups or “delegations” of 4‑H members to attend CWF. 4‑H members do not register with us individually, instead they work with a CWF coordinator within their state to do so.  Registration deadline is January 27, 2017.

CWF 2017 Costs

Inclusive of all taxes.

Youth:  $840 per person (based upon quad occupancy)

Adults:  $880 per person (based upon double occupancy)
Transportation package: $169 per person

Fees Include

  • 6 nights lodging and 14 meals at National 4‑H Youth Conference Center
  • Citizenship Washington Focus polo Shirt and lanyard
  • Arrangements and logistical support
  • Curriculum materials
  • Various tours and workshops
  • Admission and ticket fees to sites on CWF itinerary (not trips arranged by delegation)
  • Facilitation by our highly trained and licensed collegiate program assistant team

Souvenir Packs

Souvenir packs include a backpack, water pouch and sunglasses.  (additional $12 per person)

 

Promotional Resources

One Page Handout

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Press Release Template

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Logo Download

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Registration Announcement

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Planning Materials

How to Plan a CWF Delegation

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Coordinator Handbook

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Delegate Orientation Slideshow

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2017 Tentative Schedule

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2017 Tentative Schedule- Week 5

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Emergency Guidelines

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Delegate Packing List

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Weather

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Fundraising Ideas

American Legion Sample Solicitation Letter

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Corporate Sample Solicitation Letter

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Family Sample Solicitation Letter

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Religious Community Sample Solicitation Letter

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Forms

Transportation Form

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Health Form / Emergency Contact

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Code of Conduct / Media and Information Release Form

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Group Photo Order Form

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Transportation and Directions

6-Day DC Bus Permit

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Map and Directions

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What Can You Expect from Your CWF Experience?

Discover and develop your own leadership style

Through a series of speakers, interactive workshops, field trips and social events, you are given the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine skills needed to be an outstanding leader.

Customize your experience through committee work

Choose to serve on the health, communication, talent, government, open mindedness or responsibility committee.

Make new friends from across the country

Nearly 1500 youth from more than 35 states will be in attendance this summer.

Experience national treasures

See famous locations and landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial, the National Archives and the new MLK Jr. Memorial.

Be a part of the tradition

CWF dates back more than 50 years and is the only such national citizenship and leadership program offered exclusively to 4‑H members.

Meet Your Program Assistants

Nosa Akol

New York, State University of New York

Ariana Campbell

South Carolina, College of Charleston

Elizabeth Galbreath

Maryland, Virginia Tech

Mark Miller

Wisconsin, University of North Dakota

Phillip Nunes

California, College of the Sequoias

Amber Roberts

Montana, Montana State University

Gabriela Valentin

Florida, University of Florida

Karlie Wade

Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University

Lukas Wymer

Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin – Platteville

Ashton Yarbrough

Arkansas, University of Arkansas

Promotional Resources

One Page Handout

Download

Press Release Template

Download

Logo Download

Download

Registration Announcement

Download

Planning Materials

How to Plan a CWF Delegation

Visit Online

Coordinators Handbook

Download

Delegate Orientation Slideshow

Download

2016 Tentative Schedule

Download

2016 Week 5 Tentative Schedule

Download

Emergency Guidelines

Visit Online

Delegate Packing List

Download

Weather

Visit Online

Fundraising Ideas

American Legion Sample Solicitation Letter

Download

Corporate Sample Solicitation Letter

Download

Family Sample Solicitation Letter

Download

Religious Community Sample Solicitation Letter

Download

Forms

Transportation Form

Download

Health Form / Emergency Contact

Download

Code of Conduct / Media and Information Release Form

Download

Group Photo Order Form

Download

Transportation and Directions

6-Day DC Bus Permit

Visit Online

Map and Directions

Visit Online

Become a CWF Program Assistant

A National 4‑H Council Program Assistant will become a licensed Class B Tour Guide for the District of Columbia metro area and will facilitate National 4‑H Council’s educational curricula to groups of youth from across the country. These job functions are accomplished in collaboration with each group’s coordinator as well as Council program staff and planning staff.

National 4‑H Council programs are intense and exciting learning experiences for youth and adults from all over the United States and the world. Program Assistants make these programs successful by using their skills and knowledge to help the participants have the most educational and fun experience possible in Washington DC and at the National 4‑H Youth Conference Center. The hours of a Program Assistant are very long, usually between 50-60 hours a week, and often include evenings, weekends and holidays.
Program Assistants for the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) and Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) programs must be able to successfully fulfill the requirements of the D.C. Tour Guide License.

Applicants Must

  • Have experience in leadership roles, public speaking, and presenting
  • Be flexible and work well under pressure and with others
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, with education beyond high school preferred. Courses in political science, communications, history, and education preferred
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be able to read, write and speak the English language
  • Pass a satisfactory background check
  • Successfully complete the tour guide exam and meet the medical and physical requirements of DCRA

Specific Program Assistant Roles

Tour Guide

Program Assistants lead trips into the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and provide commentary on points of interest throughout the city, so that participants learn from these educational opportunities. PA’s are the primary liaison between the National 4‑H Youth Conference Center and each group during their stay at the National 4‑H Youth Conference Center.

Program Facilitator

Program Assistants lead educational workshops conducted at the National 4‑H Youth Conference Center. This role may include checking the arrangements for room-set-up, audio-visual, entertainment, speakers, transportation, field trips, workshops, recreation, and developing specific curriculum for ongoing programs. PA’s facilitate educational curriculum focusing on civic engagement and citizenship. PA’s must also meet with adult and group leaders where they assist and orient groups as they arrive, help to provide recreational and other free-time activities for participants, facilitate workshops, and other program needs.

Terms of Employment

The agreed upon salary is $300 per week. PA’s are required to reside in provided housing, at The National 4‑H Youth Conference Center, Gertrude Warren Hall, group housing. Dates of employment are May-August. Travel to and from Washington is at the PA’s own expense.

National 4‑H Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Downloads

CWF Program Assistant Job Description

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LWF Program Assistant Job Description

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CWF & LWF Program Assistant Application

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CWF & LWF Program Assistant Timeline

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