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Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth ages 14–18 that takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just one mile from Washington, DC.

Every summer, thousands of young people participate in the program, which provides opportunities for them to do the following:

  • strengthen their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills on a national level
  • understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders
  • exchange ideas, practice respect, and also form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds
  • experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, DC

CWF Participants Enjoy…

  • a behind-the-scenes look at our nation’s capital and the chance to meet members of Congress
  • motivational speakers, educational workshops, and assemblies that increase individual commitment to citizen involvement and also build lifetime skills for success
  • activities that encourage new and lasting friendships
  • an enthusiastic staff of young adults who work directly with them

Participants are immersed in the culture and history of Washington through on-site workshops at its most spectacular sights. Destinations include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The Capitol
  • Mount Vernon
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Presidential and war monuments and memorials
  • Smithsonian museums

How Much?

  • $500.00 (total)
    • $100.00 nonrefundable deposit due with application by December 9, 2019
    • $400.00 balance due by March 1, 2020 (payments can be made between December and March)

2020 Alabama Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be Senior Level 4-H (14-18 years of age) members.
  • The application for the 2020 CWF must be received in its entirety by December 9, 2019, through 4HOnline. The following pieces are part of that application process:
    • 4HOnline Application
    • My 4-H Story (There are two formats to choose from; please see guidelines below.)
    • Two reference letters, including one from Extension staff. Save the piece as PDFs and uploaded into 4HOnline. (Please see guidelines below.)

In addition, the decision of the selection committee is final. Delegates will be selected and announced by February 10, 2020.

My 4-H Story Format Guidelines

  • Written Format:
    • Use Arial or Times New Roman, 12-point font and one-inch margins. The story should be a maximum of 2000 words. Check your spelling and grammar. Save My 4-H Story as a PDF and upload into 4HOnline.
  • Digital Format:
    • You may submit My 4-H Story in a video format. The My 4-H Story video must not exceed five minutes and be on a DVD that will play on a standard computer. Mail your My 4-H Story to Joy Scott, 211 Duncan Hall–ACES, Auburn University, AL 36849. Postmark the DVD by December 9, 2019. No exceptions.

My 4-H Story Content Guidelines

  • Part I, Introduction: Introduce yourself. Include your interests. Tell why you joined 4-H and about your 4-H Club experience.
  • Part II, Leadership Achievement: Your 4-H story should give evidence of leadership, growth in your 4-H project, degree of involvement, cooperation, honesty, responsibility, and good judgment. Also describe how 4-H helped you become a leader.
  • Part III, Service and Citizenship Achievement: Your 4-H story should give evidence of you helping others in the community.
  • Part IV, 4-H Project Achievement: A good 4-H story talks about your triumphs and setbacks, challenges and opportunities, and any obstacles you experienced and how you overcame them. The focus should not be on prizes you have won, but on how your work has affected you as a person.

Guidelines for Letters of Reference

  • Two letters of reference are required.
    • One letter should be from an Extension staff member (4-H FREA, CEC, CEA, or 4-HAA).
    • Letters are not to be from family members.
  • A good letter of  reference is one that supports your achievements, skills, and service within 4-H. Save this document as a PDF and upload into 4HOnline.


Download a PDF of 4HYD-2267 CWF Fact Sheet.

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