Pepin County 4-H Boosts Leadership Skills and Civic Engagement through 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus: Presidential Inauguration

Last week, Lauren Hendel, Jordin McMahon, and Claire Raethke had the opportunity to join over 500 young people from across the country to learn about political processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus: Presidential Inauguration (CWF-PI), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD.

This 4-H citizenship program for youth, ages 14-19 is aimed at enriching young people’s lives by broadening their knowledge and understanding of the Executive Branch of Government as well as developing their role in citizenship through service, civic education, and engagement.  Lauren, Jordin, and Claire alongside their peers, learned the meaning and importance of the Democratic process; explored the history of the Presidency, the election process, and the role of the press; discovered the intricacies of the Executive Branch of Government; and explored careers in politics.

During the week, conference delegates also had the opportunity to visit memorials, historical sites and museums in Washington, D.C., and experience the Inaugural Day events of the 45th President including the Oath of Office, Presidential Address and Inauguration Parade.

For more than 50 years, National 4-H Conference Center has invited thousands of young people from across the country to travel to Washington, D.C., and participate in civic workshops, committees and field trips before returning home to make positive changes in their own communities. CWF not only strengthens young people’s understanding of the government’s civic process, but it also boosts their leadership skills, communication skills and overall confidence.

4‑H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4‑H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4‑H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4‑H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4‑H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.

Learn more about Pepin 4‑H at http://pepin.uwex.edu/  or call Marie Ritscher at 715-672-5214.