University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-Hers learned about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD.
Nineteen youth represented Maine 4-H, representing districts across the state, including Thorndike, Stetson, Old Town, Windham, Gorham, Freeport, Limington, Union, Acton, Sabattus, Avon, Farmington and Ellsworth.
For more than 50 years, National 4-H Youth Conference Center has invited 4-H members from across the country to travel to Washington, DC and participate in civic workshops, committees, and field trips before returning home to make positive changes in their own communities. CWF, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer, not only strengthens young people’s understanding of the government’s civic process, but it also boosts their leadership skills, communication skills, and overall confidence. During CWF, youth get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s capital while meeting with members of Congress to learn more about how their government works.
“CWF is a great opportunity for young people to come together, talk about the problems they see in their communities, and identify solutions to make their communities stronger,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council President and CEO. “The experiences these young people gain during CWF gives them the proper tools and confidence to become successful, articulate leaders in the future.”
4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of National 4-H Headquarters (USDA). The 4-H programs are implemented by the 106 Land Grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country.
Maine 4-H spends day on Capitol Hill. Right to Left FRONT ROW Amanda (Union), Jordan (Sabattus), Brent (Union), Sadie (Avon), Aryn (Gorham), Victoria (Farmington) MIDDLE ROW Lisa (Sabattus), Brianna (Ellsworth), Sara (Windham), Alex (Thorndike), Brittney (Freeport), Kayla (Stetson), Kristy (Lisbon), Audrey (Orono), Justin (Mariaville), Kate (Gouldsboro), Senator Collins BACK Catherine (Phillips), Steven (Stetson), Ben (Limington), Eben (Gorham), Ben (Acton)