4-Hers encouraged to join citizenship program

Young people who are involved in University of Vermont Extension 4-H programs have the opportunity to participate in a nationwide summer citizenship program this summer. Under the name Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), it offers youth ages 14-19 the opportunity to learn about the democratic process close up and personal. Prominent guest speakers deliver the inside scoop on how government really works. College-age program fellows lead bill writing workshops, a national issues forum, and mock elections. Youth also attend congressional sessions. During their stay, young people are immersed in Washington's culture and history with the opportunity to visit the nation's Capitol building, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, presidential and war monuments and memorials, and the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and see the area's illuminated historic sites by night. Participants will stay at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD. The cost for the session is approximately $900 to $1,200, with scholarships likely available through county 4-H foundations. Some expenses are still to be determined. The fee includes lodging, program activities, and most meals. Applications, due January 25, are available through local 4-H educators and online at www.uvm.edu/~uvmext/4hyouth. For more information, call Lauren Traister, University of Vermont Extension 4-H educator, (866) 260-5603 x 103 or e-mail lauren.traister@uvm.edu .

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