Thirty 4-H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the 2015 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference. This conference, now in its 56th year, will be held July 5-11 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Citizenship Washington Focus 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 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.
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 delegates representing 10 counties attending this year’s conference are:
Atlantic County: Tatum Henry
Bergen County: Domenick Ciminiello and Frank Ciminiello
Burlington County: Olivia Bowman, Lauren Guest, and Emma Pestritto
Cumberland: Nikayla Hetzell, Samantha Newkirk and Jason Nestler
Gloucester County: Madison Ginotti and Catherine Tistan
Hunterdon County: Ashlyne Bacorn, Teresa Coppola, Rachel Czerna, Isabella Razzano, Emily Szmul, and Eva Rose Tillett
Middlesex County: Hallie Baum and Kellie VonThun
Monmouth County: Kymora Clarke, Gabrielle Kozlowski and Rebecca Carmeli-Peslak,
Somerset County: Christine Arcoleo, Madara Dias, James Meier, Julie Pirro, and Tracy Wang
Sussex County: Garrett Hollar, Noah Maruska, and Michelle Teitsma
“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; and witness government in action,” said Jeannette Rea Keywood, 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 New Jersey 4-H Program visit the 4-H website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu.