Local 4-H'ers will visit Washington, DC Eighty-one 4-H youth leaders from throughout South Dakota, excelling in 4-H activities, were selected within their respective counties to attend Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) in Washington, DC.
Clay County participants are Daniel Nelson of Vermillion and Evan Peterson of Wakonda.
According to Kathy Reeves, Extension Youth Development and 4-H Specialist, the individuals were chosen based on their 4-H involvement, leadership, activities, and commitment and service to their communities.
Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth, ages 15-19, from across the country.
Every summer, thousands of young people stay at the National 4-H Conference Center, near Washington, DC, to participate in the week-long program.
For 38 years, CWF has provided life skill opportunities for teenagers by giving them experience to broaden appreciation and practice respect for themselves and others in their world; increase individual commitment to citizen involvement; understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders; practice fitness and have fun.
Participants will get a look behind the scenes at the nation's capital, see how the federal government works and meet their senators and representatives.
In addition, the week-long conference contains a schedule of motivational speakers, workshops and assemblies that increase individual commitment to citizen involvement, build lifetime success skills and encourage new and lasting friendships.