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 considering a 4-5 week, once a week virtual program, where 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.
  • The program will be delegate-focused, with an action plan process.
  • Workshops will have elements of current CWF curriculum, as well as possible additions from the CWF:PI program.
  • Final pricing has not been set; however, CWF will most likely be in the $150-200 range.
  • Registration will open in January 2021.

Youth Registration

Registration will open in January 2021.