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4-H'ers attend Citizenship Focus in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Brynna Baumhover, Storm Lake; Megan Christiansen, Newell; Chyann Smith, Storm Lake; Kelsey Brake, Rembrandt.
4-H youth from Buena Vista County recently returned from a 4-H Citizenship Focus experience in Washington D.C. and sightseeing in the area including Gettysburg, Pennsylvania , and the Agricultural Research Center at Beltsville, Maryland. The week-long Citizenship Washington Focus program coordinated by the National 4-H Council is a proven program helping 14-19 year --olds from across the country learn and practice skills that promote "Better Citizens Today, Better Leaders Tomorrow". Participants learn by attending workshops, committees, social events, and field trips to sites in the Nation's Capitol.

Buena Vista County 4-H members who traveled to Washington D.C. during June included: Kelsey Brake, Rembrandt, Chyann Smith, Storm Lake, Megan Christiansen, Newell and Brynna Baumhover, Storm Lake. The National 4-H Center staff plays a key role in the implementation of the Citizenship Washington Focus program by leading workshops, assemblies and guiding youth through the process of drafting a bill and promoting its passage into legislation in a mock house and senate debate. 4-H members from the north central area of Iowa plus Nebraska were also in attendance during the same week.

While on Capitol Hill the delegation met with Senators on the steps of the Capitol. The group traveled through the nation's capitol touring sites in addition to the Capitol including: Pentagon, Mount Vernon, memorials including the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, World War II, Iwo Jami, Korean Conflict, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Vietnam Veterans, Washington Monument, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery, Holocaust Museum, National Cathedral, National Archives, and the Smithsonian Museums.

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