Submitted by Katie Martin – UT Extension Agent:

L to R: Shelbie Manus and Grace Harville

Grace Harville and Shelbie Manus spent July 8-14, 2018, learning about political processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD.

For more than 50 years, National 4-H Conference Center has invited thousands of young people from across the country to travel to Washington, DC and participate in civic workshops, committees and field trips before returning home to make positive changes in their own communities. 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. 

During CWF, youth get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s capital while meeting with members of Congress to learn more about how their government works. Grace and Shelbie enjoyed touring many museums and memorials, seeing Mama Mia, and attending workshops during their time at CWF. 

The 4-H Youth Development Program delivers programs through cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, and public and private sector volunteers. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades 4-12, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

For further information concerning the many opportunities that 4-H has to offer the youth in Smith County, call 615-735-2900.