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.
We currently travel in June during odd-numbered years and July during even-numbered years. Our next adventure begins July 7, 2018. You will travel to Washington, D.C. via bus or airline flight (depending upon our number of delegates) 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. 1, 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. That includes a generous donation from the Illinois 4-H Foundation, Inc.. Delegates will make three payments - the initial $325 due with registration by December 1; $450 due February 1; and $425 due May 1. The final payment will be adjusted once we can finalize our expenses in early 2018.
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.