Southeast Nebraska 4-H members learned 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, Maryland.
“Better Citizenship Today, Better Leaders Tomorrow” was the theme of the 2017 CWF Conference.  
Attending the week-long conference June 18 through 24 were 43 4-H members from Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson counties, two sponsors, and two Nebraska extension educators, said Sarah Purcell, Extension Educator.
During this conference, the 4-H members toured Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area.  
Stops included: the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Library of Congress, the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Smithsonian Institute plus the Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, WWII, Korean, Vietnam and Martin Luther King Junior Memorials.  
The 4-H members enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Potomac experiencing the sites of D.C. at night.  
The 4-H members attended the Nebraska Breakfast with Nebraska’s Congressional delegation addressing the 4-H members and other Nebraska residents in the lower level of the Dirksen Senate Building.  
Nemaha County 4-H member Kaitlynn Simon and Otoe County 4-H member Maddie Werner led all in attendance in the 4-H Pledge at the request of Representative Fortenberry.  
4-H members met and had their pictures taken with Senator Deb Fisher, Senator Ben Sasse, Representative Jeff Fortenberry, and Representative Adrian Smith.
Government processes were learned back at the National 4-H Center through mock legislation. Youth drafted step-by-step action plans to address important issues in their communities.      
4-H members flew first to New York City, where they enjoyed “The Lion King” Broadway musical, the Empire State Building, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  
They toured Gettysburg National Military Park en route to the D.C. area.
For more information about 4-H and CWF 2020, contact your local extension office or Sarah Purcell, Extension Educator, at 402-269-2301.