CWF: Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a 4-H leadership and civic engagement program for high school youth (completed grades 9-12 at the time of the trip). Each summer teens gather at the National 4-H Conference Center to learn what it means to be a strong leader in their community, country, and world. 

Objectives for the program are: 

  • Strengthen communication, leadership, and other 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 form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of our nation’s capital city, Washington, D.C.

These objectives are met through pre-trip education, speakers, workshops, daily excursions to view national sites, a day at the Capitol with elected officials, and a delegate designed and implemented action plan.

Citizenship Washington Focus brings together 4-H members from across the country. Read more from the national CWF website. 


2021 Virtual Experience

  • For summer 2021, National 4-H Council is planning a 5 week, once a week virtual program, for a couple hours each of those days (exact dates TBD)
  • Delegates will take part in workshops and simulations with the group and work with their delegations or workshop groups throughout the week offline on various activities and projects.
  • Theme is Youth Voice and topics included: Civil Discourse, Informed Decision-Making, Media Literacy, Assessing Community Needs, Action Plans
  • Registration will be limited to 30 Iowa delegates (could increase at later date)
  • Workshops will have elements of current CWF curriculum, as well as possible additions from the CWF:PI program.
  • Registration fee will be under $300 per youth and is open to current 14-19 year old 4-H members.
  • Registration will open in March 2021.

Youth Registration

Registration will open in March 2021.