Two teen 4-H members have been selected to represent Middlesex County at the 2015 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference.
Citizenship Washington Focus, now in its 56th year, is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. Delegations from across the country attend this six-day program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C.
The program is aimed at enriching young people’s lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others. Participants attend workshops, committee meetings, field trips and social events, giving them hands-on opportunities to learn and grow.
The Middlesex County delegates attending this year’s conference in July are Hallie Baum from East Brunswick and Kellie VonThun from South Brunswick.
“The conference provides opportunities for young people to identify individual citizenship rights and responsibilities; identify issues facing youth and explore causes and possible solutions; establish communication with law makers; witness government in action; and develop a personal citizenship action plan” says Laura Bovitz, Middlesex County’s 4-H Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
“The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders is always invested in opportunities for our County’s youth,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I know that our County’s delegates will learn a lot from a trip to Washington. But at the conference itself, they will learn and practice skills that allow them to enter the adult world with a better understanding of the nature of others, and of the nature of citizenship and success. My thanks to the 4-H Youth Development program for helping give them a unique learning experience.”
“It’s important for young people to participate in activities that are not only interesting and educational, but also beneficial for their development,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. “Learning to communicate with others is an integral part of growing up. Learning one’s rights and responsibilities as a citizen prepares young adults for independence, and to voice their own opinions on the problems they face today.”
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.