At Citizenship Washington Focus this summer, one team each week was selected by program sponsor, Farm Credit, to receive $500 to implement a plan that addresses community challenges, and to put the plan into action. We’re excited to recognize and congratulate each of these outstanding delegations and the work they’re doing in their communities.
Week 1: Kentucky 4‑H
The Kentucky delegation centered their project around addressing the low literacy rate among citizens in Louisville, Ky. They will partner with local school systems, clubs and organizations to provide programming designed to improve the literacy rates in adults.
Week 2: Alabama 4‑H
The Alabama delegation developed a leadership program consisting of community service, leadership workshops, and fundraising to benefit local communities. The delegation will partner with extension, local high schools and colleges, recreation centers, and community members to develop this program.
Week 3: Oklahoma 4‑H
The delegation of the Northeast District of Oklahoma created a career planning program for youth, ages 15-18, who will soon age out of the foster care system. The group plans to work with a local shelter and local government services in Tulsa, Okla., to establish this program.
Week 4: Kansas 4‑H
The Kansas delegation developed a program to teach community members how to grow their own food, select the right food from a food pantry, and cook healthy meals. The program will also focus on teaching about the agriculture industry. The Kansas delegation also received an additional $500 mini-grant for having the most outstanding overall community action plan.
Week 5: South Carolina 4‑H
The South Carolina delegation will establish a program for elementary and middle school students from low-income families to receive school supplies. The delegation will work with other community partners to promote the program and gather needed supplies.
Week 6: Ohio 4‑H
The Southeast Ohio delegation will create a program to provide resources to the homeless. The delegation will hold a competition between 4‑H Clubs to bring in non-perishable items, clothing and personal hygiene products.