BRANCHBURG, NJ - a Hillsborough resident is one of three Somerset County 4-H members who will travel to the nation's capital to represent New Jersey at the 2016 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference.

Delegates from Somerset County attending this year’s conference are Kirsten Clerico from Hillsborough, Kara Johnson from Skillman and Wil Staats from Bridgewater.

The conference will be held July 10-16 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. 

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Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. Delegations from across the country attend this six-day program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C.

The program is aimed at enriching young people’s lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world.  Participants attend workshops, committee meetings, field trips and social events, giving them hands-on opportunities to learn and grow.  They learn and practice skills that will make them better citizens and more successful individuals.

During the week, program participants will also have the opportunity to visit local Washington, D.C. landmarks including the Capitol, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, Presidential and war monuments and memorials, as well as Smithsonian museums.

“The conference provides opportunities for young people to identify individual citizenship rights and responsibilities; identify issues facing youth and explore causes and possible solutions; establish communication with law makers; witness government in action; and develop a personal citizenship action plan” said Lisa Rothenburger, Somerset County 4-H Agent.

Financial assistance for travel and tuition costs was provided by the State 4-H Association and the Somerset County 4-H Association

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station -Cooperative Extension Service.

For more information about the Somerset County 4-H Program call (908) 526-6644.