AMES, Iowa – Iowa 4-H’ers have two opportunities to participate in Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), a national 4-H leadership program for high school youth, says Jeff Macomber, a 4-H youth development program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Macomber, who was named the statewide CWF coordinator this spring, has planned two trips for summer 2012. Registration is currently open for 4-H youth. This statewide approach is new for Iowa, he said.
Typically, multiple counties came together to plan a CWF trip for local 4-H’ers, so a lot of the planning was replicated across the state, Macomber explained. The position was created to make planning simpler for everyone involved.
“My job is to figure out all the details of the trip,” Macomber said. “I want to make sure that everyone, from chaperones to 4-H’ers, has a good time and an educational time.”
Iowa 4-Her’s can choose between two weeks to attend CWF. The first session is June 8-16, and the second is June 15- 23. The buses leave on the Friday before each session and return to Iowa on the Saturday following the session.
The CWF program provides students with the opportunities to learn about civic and social responsibility and to form lasting friendships.
“CWF is a great experience for 4-H’ers to have an immersion in understanding civic engagement,” Macomber said. “This isn’t just sight seeing; they also have the opportunity to learn about the process of government.”
Students will visit many locations in the nation’s capital, including Mount Vernon, Capitol Hill and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
For more information about the Iowa CWF trips and how to register, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/cwf. Registration closes on Dec. 15, 2011.
Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth, in grades 10 through 12, from across the country. Every summer, nearly 1,600 young people stay at the National 4-H Conference Center, near Washington, D.C., to participated in this weeklong program.
Approximately 150 Iowa 4-H youth will have the opportunity to attend this leadership program held at the National 4-H Center.