Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
Citizenship Washington Focus is a leadership and citizenship program for high school youth from across the United States. Learn about the government process, meet with elected officials and their aides, and visit the many national monuments and historical sites of Washington D.C. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center during the weeklong trip. The application will be posted Wed., Feb. 13, 2014.
Dates for Minnesota CWF delegates
- June 29 - July 5, 2014 - National 4-H Conference Center, Washington, D.C.
- Leave: June 28 (time TBA) - from Farmington Regional Office
- Return: Either evening of July 5 or morning of July 6 (TBD)
- Drop off at two locations - Mall of America and Farmington Regional Office
- County approved youth, grades 9-13 (see age requirements)
- ONE group of 55 (50 youth and 5 adult chaperone advisors)
- First-come, first-served basis.
- Interested youth must be enrolled in the 4-H Youth Development program.
- Interested youth must have completed the ninth grade by June 29, 2014 and be at least 14 years old. If graduated from high school in the spring of 2014, the applicant must be age 19 or younger through July 7, 2014.
The application needs to be filled out by youth with assistance and signed-off by a parent/guardian and a county 4-H program coordinator or regional Extension educator. Blank application forms will be available here on Feb. 13, 2014.
Completing the following will be considered a completed application.
- The 2014 application support form can be downloaded and completed beginning Jan. 15, 2014. Parent signature and county 4-H program coordinator, regional Extension educator or assigned designee should sign the form. Applicants should save and return the form with the full application beginning Feb. 13.
- Beginning Feb. 13, a full application will be available for completion and can be downloaded here.
- With a postmark date beginning Feb. 13, mail the following completed application materials to Diane at the Farmington regional office:
- Completed 2014 CWF application
- Completed and signed 2014 application support form
- $700 down payment (payable to the University of Minnesota)
- Check with your county 4-H program coordinator if there are other requirements for participation.
Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, meeting all down payment and application instructions as indicated on the application form. No exceptions. Open spaces generally fill very quickly.
- U.S. Congressional District: (www.house.gov)
- Name of Congressperson: (www.house.gov)
- Give some thought to how you will share new knowledge gained at CWF 2014. At the conference, young people will be engaged in the process of how to create an action plan identifying issues that are important to them back in their home state and then generating action plans to identify solutions and action steps. Think about an adult who would mentor you through this process.
- County 4-H program coordinator, regional Extension educator or assigned designee must sign off on the application.
ChaperonesAdult volunteer chaperone applications will be found online beginning Feb. 13, 2014. Lead chaperones will be selected from the pool of staff applications. Four adult volunteer chaperones will be selected from the pool of adult chaperone applications. Each accepted adult volunteer must be screened according to the University of Minnesota Extension 4-H Youth Development volunteer screening policies. There will be a minimal charge for adult chaperones who attend.
Mode of transportationCurrently, the mode of transportation will be via coach bus. The cost of the trip is dependent upon the transportation mode. Preliminary figures for cost are approximately $1400. If for some reason air flight costs are within financial reach, changes would be identified on the website by Feb. 13, 2014, if the transportation mode will be changed.
CostThe approximate cost is $1400, which includes coach bus transportation from pick-up and drop-off locations, registration, housing, some site events and most meals. Delegates will pay for approximately six meals enroute and while in D.C.
- Deposit: A down payment of $700 is due with the youth delegate application beginning Feb. 13, 2014.
- Final payment: Mar. 28, 2014 is the date for final payment from all sources, including personal and other sources. Organizations agreeing to pay a portion of the participant's cost must postmark payment on or before Mar. 28, 2014.
Refund policyThere is no refund policy in place after Apr. 2, 2014, if a youth delegate is unable to attend the CWF experience. However, if there are Minnesota youth on a waiting list that agree to attend in the absence of the original delegate, every effort will be made to put another delegate in the absentee delegate spot so that a refund can be made, but it is not guaranteed. All changes, if possible, would need to be approved by Judith A. Conway, University of Minnesota Extension educator at email@example.com and are not guaranteed. There will not be any changes or refunds made after June 3, 2014.
Highly encouraged conference calls for youth delegates and adult chaperonesDelegates, parents and chaperones will be highly encouraged to attend one of two conference calls. The dates for those calls will be listed on this site at a later date. Youth identified to be in a leadership role, and adult chaperones, will have one or two additional conference calls. There will be additional opportunities through technology utilizing UMConnect for pre-conference preparation.
Future 2015 CWF
Discussions are currently being held about the possibility of changing the dates that Minnesota CWF normally have attended CWF. Discussions are also being held on changing the application and selection process for the 2015 CWF experience.
Judith A. Conway
University of Minnesota Extension educator
Center for Youth Development
Volunteer and Partnership Development
1-651-480-7792 or firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Minnesota Extension
1-651-480-7703 or email@example.com
For further information on the CWF experience, visit the Citizenship Leadership Washington Focus website.