Photo: 4-H Delegates from New Jersey including Cape May County 4-H representatives Victoria McCann, 3rd from the left in the front row and Annabella Halbruner, 6th from the left in the back row, on Capitol Hill during the Citizenship Washington Focus Conference.
Cape May Court House - New Jersey 4-H Members learned about government 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 Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The New Jersey 4-H delegation of 19 youth and 2 adult chaperones attended Week 6 of the conference from July 9-15.
The delegates attending this year’s conference included Victoria McCann,17 years old from Cape May, a member of the Shore Blazers and Teen Ambassadors 4-H Clubs and the 2016 Cape May County 4-H Senior Equestrian of the Year and Annabella Halbruner, 17 years old from Ocean View, a member of the Wranglers and Teen Ambassadors 4-H Clubs and a Cape May County Senior Outstanding 4-H Member in 2016.
For the past 58 years, the National 4-H Youth Conference Center has invited 4-H members from across the country to travel to Washington, DC 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.
During CWF, youth get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s capital while meeting with Members of Congress to learn more about how their government works. At the end of the program, youth develop action plans to address important issues in their communities.
“CWF is a great opportunity for young people to come together, discuss the problems they see in their communities, and identify solutions to make their communities stronger. The experiences that young people gain during CWF gives them the proper tools and confidence to become successful, articulate leaders in the future.” said Jeannette Rea Keywood, State 4-H Agent, Department of 4-H Youth Development.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station-Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law.
For more information about the Cape May County 4-H Program visit cmc4h.com.