Mahaska 4-Hers Boost Leadership Skills in D.C.

Mahaska County 4-H members, Grace Marshall and Charlize DeArmond learned about political processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md. The two attended the conference earlier this summer.

 “This was a trip of a lifetime. My mom still remembers going on this trip as a 4-Her,” said Marshall. “Getting to see all of the monuments was like a dream come true for me. It is so cool to see a place in D.C., like the Capitol, on TV and be able to say, ‘I’ve been there.’ I highly recommend going on this trip.” 

For 60 years, National 4-H Conference Center has invited thousands of young people from across the country to travel to Washington, D.C. and participate in civic workshops, committees and field trips before returning home to make positive changes in their own communities. CWF not only strengthens young people’s understanding of the government’s civic process, but it also boosts their leadership skills, communication skills and overall confidence.


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