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Citizenship Washington Focus offers high school teens opportunities to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at our nation’s capital and the chance to meet their Congressional Representatives and Senators. Youth are immersed in the culture and history of Washington, D.C. through onsite workshops at many of the museums, memorials and other educational sites throughout the city and surrounding areas. Through educational workshops and assemblies, teens learn to increase their individual commitment to citizen involvement and build lifetime skills for success, such as decision-making, debate and public presentation, team-building and consensus. In addition, the youth delegates participate in activities that encourage new and lasting friendships with teens from their own states and across the country. 

Our next adventure begins July 7, 2018. You will travel to Washington, D.C. via bus or airline flight and stay at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. This is, no doubt, the highlight of many 4-H members’ careers. Walk the steps of this country’s great leaders as you meet new friends from around the country. Space is limited, so register today! All registration is due Dec. 8, including a $325 deposit. You can register for the 2018 Citizenship Washington Focus Trip here.

Our estimated cost for the 2018 trip is $1,200. The Illinois 4-H Foundation has provided funds to help keep that cost as low as possible. You will make three payments - the initial $325 due with registration by December 8; $450 due February 1; and $425 due May 1. The final payment will be adjusted once we can finalize our expenses in early 2018.


Open to 4-H members 14 to 18 years of age as of May 1 in travel year


Youth may wish to get local sponsorship from their county Extension program. The Illinois 4-H Foundation provides funding to offset the overall cost of the trip.

Contact for More Information:

Extension Youth Development Specialist
Debra Stocker
Photo of Citizenship Washington Focus Participants

Event Information

Jul 07, 2018 to Jul 14, 2018
National 4-H Center
7100 Connecticut Ave
Chevy Chase
Approximately $1,100

Registration Deadline:

December 08, 2017