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4-H clover Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a 4-H civic engagement experience for high school youth. 

Every summer teens from across the country gather at the National 4-H Conference Center, near Washington, D.C., to learn what it means to be a strong leader in their community, country and world. 

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

This experience is open to enrolled Minnesota 4-H youth who are at least 15 years of age, but not older than 19, and finished with their first year of high school at the time of travel (late June).

Approximately 45 teens from Minnesota will attend. This trip is first come, first serve, and spaces usually fill quickly. If a trip does not receive enough participants, it will be canceled.

Minnesota 4-H will attend CWF from June 25-30, 2023, not including travel dates. An additional trip may occur June 18-23 if there is significant interest. Those wanting to join the wait list for this trip should fill out this form.


Randi Schwartz, schw1553@umn.edu - Registration and payment questions
Jacquie Lonning, jlonning@umn.edu - Overall program and educational content questions

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