Thirteen select Georgia 4-H’ers joined 4-H’ers from around the nation last week to participate in Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), 4-H’s premier leadership and citizenship program for high school students. CWF is more than a Washington, D.C. field trip – it’s an opportunity for 4-H’ers to learn how to be citizen leaders and make a difference in their communities. This year's Georgia CWF delegates hailed from Evans, Chattooga, Upson, Henry, and Walker counties.
The program is held in the living classroom of the nation’s capital and at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. During CWF, youth get a behind-the-scenes look at our federal legislative process while meeting with members of Congress to learn more about how their government works. This year's delegation was honored to meet with Congressman Rick Allen, Congressman Drew Ferguson, representatives of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, and with U.S. Senator David Perdue (pictured above at center). 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. They participate in civic workshops, serve on committees, and attend field trips.
At the end of the program, youth draft step-by-step action plans to address important issues in their communities. This year’s Georgia delegation has designed a program to raise awareness about human trafficking and the youth it impacts. We are proud of our 2017 CWF delegation and look forward to seeing what they accomplish over the coming year.
This year’s delegation included: Front Row (from left to right): Emily Seckinger - McDonough, GA; Adie Boyette - Claxton, GA; Elizabeth Cowart - Claxton, GA; Lauren Pike - LaFayette, GA; Middle Row: Crystal DeLoach (chaperone) - Reidsville, GA; Stephanie Myers (chaperone) - Claxton, GA; Hannah Summers - Claxton, GA; Abby Cowart - Claxton, GA; Payton Haddon - Statesboro, GA; Miranda DeLoach - Reidsville, GA; Tori Lowrance - LaFayette, GA; Back Row: Jacob Gassett - Yatesville, GA; Jacob Myers - Claxton, GA; Thomas Scarboro - Claxton, GA; Hamp Thomas - Summerville, GA; and Jason Estep (chaperone) - Athens, GA. U.S. Senator David Perdue of Georgia is pictured at center.
For additional information about Citizenship Washington Focus check out http://georgia4h.org/public/edops/washingtonfocus/ & http://4-h.org/parents/citizenship-washington-focus/.
Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org & www.georgia4h.org.
Jason Estep, UGA Extension 4-H Specialist, 706-542-8919, firstname.lastname@example.org