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.