HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township resident Teresa Buzzoni is one of five Somerset County 4-H members  selected to represent New Jersey at the 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference, now in its 58th year,at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland July 9-15. 

Other delegates include Melanie Quick from Flemington, Katherine Ann Gallagher from Bridgewater, Noah Rothenburger from Neshanic Station, and Alexander Gonzalez from Manville.

Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth 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.

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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 Carol Ward, 4-H Somerset County Agent.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station -Cooperative Extension, 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law.

For more information about the Somerset County  4-H Program visit the 4-H website atwww.4HisTOPS.org.