About Leadership Washington Focus
Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) takes place at the National 4‑H Youth Conference Center, just 1 mile from the Washington, D.C. border. For more than 50 years, thousands of 4‑H’ers have participated in our high school program, Citizenship Washington Focus and we are happy to offer its precursor for middle school 4‑H’ers, LWF.
Middle school 4‑H delegates will:
- Build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action
- Practice effective communication with others through group discussion and public speaking
- Work with others to create and accomplish goals
- Develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style
- Exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4‑H’ersfrom across the nation.
- Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C.
Tuition costs for Leadership Washington Focus is $588 per person (inclusive of tax); tuition includes:
- Lodging at the National 4‑H Youth Conference Center for the duration of the program
- All meals during the program
- All site visits during the program
- Transportation during the program (this does not include travel to or from the Center)
- Souvenir pack including: LWF bag, LWF T-shirt, and LWF water bottle
Participants Will Enjoy
- Motivational speakers and educational workshops that increase individual leadership capability and build lifetime skills for success
- Activities that encourage and form new lasting friendships with other 4‑H youth
- An enthusiastic staff of young adults that work directly with them
Participants are immersed in the culture and history of our nation through on-site workshops at D.C.’s most spectacular sights.
Destinations include, but are not limited to:
- White House and Lafayette Park
- Ford’s Theatre
- National Archives
- Presidential and war monuments and memorials
- Smithsonian museums
- and more!
One of the week’s signature events, called “Nightview,” is a spectacular evening tour where delegates will reflect on the different types of leadership conveyed through the symbolism of our national monuments and memorials.
Between tours, youth can relax at the National 4‑H Youth Conference Center, Washington, D.C.’s premier youth and leadership hotel . The hotel is situated on a 12-acre campus, minutes from downtown D.C., featuring a hotel café all-you-can eat buffet, 24-hour uniformed security, a fitness center, full-court basketball and volleyball court, recreation room with pool tables and arcade games, free parking, and more.
*Some aspects of the program are subject to change.
A spin-off of the traditional 4‑H Pin Trade, delegations will decorate clothes pins to represent their home state or region as well as bring items to swap with other delegates from across the country. Try to get as many different clothes pins as you can, because the delegate with the most clothes pins from across the country will win a special prize!
Did you know that many of D.C.’s monuments and memorials were designed to be best viewed at night? Delegates will view many of our nation’s most treasure memorials during our signature “Nightview” event. Delegates will use their experience learning about our Country’s leaders and the moments that drove them to greatness throughout the week as inspiration for finding their own leadership style and voice.
Speak Up! Speak Out!
This interactive multi-media presentation will introduce delegates to concepts of public speaking and communication using famous speeches and first-hand accounts of leaders throughout our nation’s history. Delegates will then break-out into small groups to dive deeper into public speak techniques and better communication practices.
A fully immersive learning experience, this capstone activity will challenge delegates to lead each other and work as a team to accomplish goals and put their freshly honed leadership skills to the test. Leadership is not a competition, it’s a Quest!
Who Are You?
During this interactive leadership inventory activity, delegates will gain greater insight into their unique leadership style using the traits of many of our nation’s most revered leaders. Through this experience delegates will develop a better understanding of their strengths and challenges as leaders, how to address their challenges, and how to work effectively with others who have different styles.
With great power comes great responsibility…and little rug cutting on the side. Delegates will have the chance to share a formal catered dinner with their teammates as they close out the week’s events. Following the dinner delegates will get down to the hits as they dance into the night ahead of closing ceremony.
What kind of leader are you?
Whether your 4‑H’ers have already discovered their leadership style or are just discovering that there are different styles of leadership, LWF is a life changing opportunity that is perfect for your youth! Participants at LWF will learn and explore how they can personally make a difference in their lives, their friends’ lives, and the lives of those in their communities. Leaders at LWF start developing and honing their own skills while discovering how to utilize those skills when collaborating with other leadership styles.
What's different about Leadership Washington Focus?
Presented as the precursor to Citizenship Washington Focus, LWF has a similar “focus” of life-long civic empowerment and engagement for 4‑H members. LWF is so much more than just a Washington, D.C. sightseeing program. Instead of just seeing their government in action while in Washington, D.C., participants at LWF are introduced to the skills and ideas necessary to sharpen that focus and inspire them to become active and engaged members of their government and communities.
Team building, across the nation!
Participants are able to meet and work with other youth from across the nation in addition to the youth that they came with. While developing their own leadership style, participants problem solve and think critically through teambuilding activities, challenges, and throughout other activities that are designed to build participants’ confidence, as well as their collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills. The young Leaders explore history by looking to current and past leaders through the living classroom of Washington, D.C.
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. These facilitators are from all over the country and can therefore relate to the delegates, but also provide unique perspectives from across the country.
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, D.C. 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
Just as we are working to develop the next generation of leaders through the Leadership Washington Focus Program, 4‑H is as well. 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. We offer the only national citizenship and leadership program for middle school 4‑H members.
Register Your LWF Delegation
What’s a delegation? Typically, states or counties arrange for groups or “delegations” of 4‑H members to attend LWF. 4‑H members do not register with us individually, instead they work with a LWF coordinator within their state to do so. Registration deadline is January 27, 2017.