Thursday, August 01, 2013

Four Newton and McDonald County 4-H’ers Attend Citizenship Focus Conference in Washington D.C.

Contact: Jeremy Elliott-Engel, 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Tel: (417) 455-9500

NEOSHO, MO. -- Four Newton and McDonald county 4-H’ers joined 26 other Missouri 4-H’ers who traveled across the nation to attend Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) a leadership conference June 29 - July 9 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, Washington, D.C.

Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H program for 4-H members ages 14-19. Youth attending from Newton and McDonald counties were: Jacob Boeglin, Preston Farmer, Cady Littlefield and Anthony Garnett.

CWF provided opportunities for young people to:  strengthen communication, leadership and other citizenship skills on a national level; understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders; exchange ideas, practice respect and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds across the United States.

Participants participated in forums, workshops, mock elections and congressional sessions.

The 4-H’ers met staffers with Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and received a tour of the U.S. Capitol tour from Missouri 4-H alum, Andrew Fisher who is interning this summer with Representative Sam Graves.

Missouri 4-H members also helped carry a 30 X 50 foot American flag in the Independence Day parade and spent the evening watching fireworks on the National Mall, overlooking the Reflecting Pool and Capitol.

As part of the conference, 4-H’ers  also toured historic and national sites in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City such as all of the National Monuments, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museums, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the Liberty Bell, Independence Square, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, and the 9/11 Memorial.

“Young people were able to see government in action and were able to immerse themselves in three of our Nations historic capitols all at the same time learning about the government process. I know that these young people learned so much and gained an appreciation for our government system,” said trip organizer Jeremy Elliott-Engel, a 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

For information on 4-H contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists in southwest Missouri: Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Velynda Cameron in Polk County at (417) 326-4916; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Amy Patillo in Howell County at (417) 256-2391; or Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500.

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