Citizenship-Washington Focus is a wonderful opportunity that helps youth ages 15-19 identify and understand their active role in society. This unique 4-H youth program combines educational workshops and operational simulations with educational field trips and professional consultations. Topic highlights include youth issues, the U. S. Constitution and the federal government.
History of Nez Perce County 4-H CWF
The Nez Perce County 4-H Citizenship: Washington Focus group formed in 1961 with the first delegation attending Citizenship Washington Focus--National 4-H Conference in 1964. During the three years between trips, the groups plan the trip, raise money, and learn more about our government and the nations' capital.
In the summer of the trip, usually in June, we fly to the east coast and visit places that are important to our nation's history and government. We stay at the 4-H Center in Washington, D.C., for one week and talk with other 4-Hers from different places in the U.S. Some of the places we are hoping to visit are the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Arlington Cemetery, the Tombs of the Unknowns, the Women in Armed Services Memorial, the Library of Congress, the Vietnam Memorial, the Holocaust Museum, Mt. Vernon, Monticello, the Smithsonian and various other places.
Meet the Delegates
The CWF Delegates learned more about all levels of Government and the nation's history during the three-year project and while on their trip to Washington, D.C., in 2012. There were 19 delegates enrolled in the project. They made many new friends with the other delegates from around the country.
Fundraisers for CWF
Everyone helps when we do the fundraisers. The CWF members are working hard to raise enough money for this trip. We are making enchiladas twice a year, once in October and once in March. Each of us sell at least 60 pans of enchiladas. The enchiladas are $15 a pan. The enchiladas are made with beans, meat, tortilla shells, cheese, olives, and sauce. Get your order in early as they are good and they sell fast. We also collect pine boughs in November and make Christmas wreaths. We sell these for $20 each. The CWF members are also doing additional fundraising events throughout the project. If you would like to purchase enchiladas or wreaths, contact the Extension Office at (208) 799-3096 to put you in contact with a CWF member.
What we're doing now
The 18th Nez Perce County Delegation have one year of meetings and learning about government--who, what and why--under their belts and are heading into their second year.
Watch the website, your 4-H newsletter, or contact Kerry Sanford
if you are interested in joining or would like more information.