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Citizenship Washington Focus offers high school teens opportunities to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at our nation’s capital and the chance to meet their Congressional Representatives and Senators. Youth are immersed in the culture and history of Washington, D.C. through onsite workshops at many of the museums, memorials and other educational sites throughout the city and surrounding areas. Through educational workshops and assemblies, teens learn to increase their individual commitment to citizen involvement and build lifetime skills for success, such as decision-making, debate and public presentation, team-building and consensus. In addition, the youth delegates participate in activities that encourage new and lasting friendships with teens from their own states and across the country. 

Our next adventure begins July 4. You will travel to Washington, D.C. via bus or airline flight and stay at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. This is, no doubt, the highlight of many 4-H members’ careers. Walk the steps of this country’s great leaders as you meet new friends from around the country. Space is limited, so register today! Register before January 3 by clicking the link at the right.

Our estimated cost for the 2020 trip is $1,305. The Illinois 4-H Foundation has provided funds to help keep that cost as low as possible. A deposit of of $435 is due at time of registration. Final payments will be adjusted once expenses are finalized


Open to 4-H members 14 to 18 years of age as of May 1 in travel year


Youth may wish to get local sponsorship from their county Extension program. The Illinois 4-H Foundation provides funding to offset the overall cost of the trip.

Contact for More Information:

State Specialist
Patricia McGlaughlin
Photo of Citizenship Washington Focus Participants

Event Information

Jul 04, 2020 to Jul 11, 2020
National 4-H Center
7100 Connecticut Ave
Chevy Chase
Approximately $1,305

Registration Deadline:

January 03, 2020