About Leadership Washington Focus
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 sister program for middle school 4‑H'ers, Leadership Washington Focus. The program takes place at our conference center, conveniently located one mile from Washington, D.C.
- Build confidence and motivational skills to lead others in meaningful action
- Practice effective inter-personal communication skills through group discussions and public speaking
- Work with others to create and accomplish goals
- Develop a personal leadership style
- Exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4‑H'ers from across the nation
- Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C.
General questions: National 4‑H Conference Center
Contracts, dates, and rates: Ameena Chaudhry or call 301-961-2827
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
What Makes LWF Unique
Presented as the precursor to Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) has a similar “focus” of life-long civic empowerment and engagement for 4‑H members.
National and Local Viewpoints
LWF brings together 4‑H delegations from across the country to engage in civic discussions and problem solving, giving participants the chance to learn about different experiences and perspectives.
Licensed, Collegiate Facilitators
Youth are mentored and taught by highly trained and licensed Program Assistants, many of whom are 4‑H alumni.
Safety and security
Youth stay at the National 4‑H Conference Center. The Center is located on a 12-acre campus 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.
Tuition costs for Leadership Washington Focus is $606 per student/adult leader/chaperone (inclusive of tax); tuition includes:
- Lodging 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.
- 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
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.
Many of D.C.’s monuments and memorials were designed to be best viewed at night. Delegates will view our nation’s most treasured memorials during our signature Nightview event.
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 speaking 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.
Who Are You?
Delegates learn about their leadership style by studying the leadership styles of historical figures. Delegates will develop a better understanding of their own strengths and challenges as leaders, how to address their challenges, and how to work effectively with others who have different styles.
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.
Washington, D.C. Tours
LWF tours are more than just sightseeing in Washington D.C. Our licensed Program Assistants immerse delegates in the culture and history of our nation’s capital. Delegates use D.C. 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. Sites can include, but are not limited to –
- Our signature Nightview event, touring the most famous D.C. monuments and memorials at night
- A day on Capitol Hill – delegates see the U.S. Capitol, meet with elected officials from their state, and tour the Library of Congress and Supreme Court
- Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, and the Washington National Cathedral
- Delegation day, which may include Smithsonian Institute Museums, cultural events, or other notable sites in and around the District.