Two Middlesex County 4-H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference.
Delegates Julianna Ezzo from South Brunswick and Joshua Jerzak from Old Bridge will attend Citizenship Washington Focus, a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. Delegations from across the country attend this six-day program aimed at enriching young people’s lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world.
Participants attend workshops, committee meetings, field trips and social events, giving them hands-on opportunities to learn and grow. They learn and practice skills that will make them better citizens and more successful individuals.
This conference, now in its 55th year, will be held July 6-12 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
During the week, program participants will also have the opportunity to visit local Washington, D.C. landmarks including the Capitol, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, Presidential and war monuments and memorials, as well as Smithsonian museums.
“The conference provides opportunities for young people to identify issues that are important to them and to meet with lawmakers to explore possible solutions for a brighter future,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee.
“We are very proud of our delegates, Julianna and Joshua, and know that they will represent our County well at the conference,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.
Financial assistance for travel and tuition costs was provided by the State 4-H Association, Middlesex County 4-H Association and the 4-H Teen Council.
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 Middlesex County 4-H Program call the 4-H Office at 732-398-5261 or visit the 4-H website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/