Hey everyone…

I have a couple of announcements from Erin Menchhofer, our 4H extension agent, for some 4H events going on in the near future that you kids may be interested again…

4-H Day at the Capitol is Tuesday, February 17, 2015. 4-H Day at the State Capitol provides opportunities for 4-Hers to learn more about state government, meet local legislators and encourage civic engagement.  Last year there were hundreds of 4-H members, parents and volunteers visiting legislators for 4-H Day at the Capitol.

Space is limited as always, so please have youth RSVP to Erin Menchhofer  as soon as possible. We only have a few spaces left. We rent minivans and only have 2 this year. Sweater vests will be provided to new participants again this year (and any that might have outgrown their vest from last year).

We typically leave the 4-H office around 6am and return around 5pm. I will provide a school excuse letter to participants as well.

Deadline to register: January 22


Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) and Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) National 4-H Trips

There are 2 national trips that your 4-Hers are eligible to apply for. Citizenship Washington Focus, and Leadership Washington Focus. CWF is for those entering grades 9-12. It is a great trip, we have had Va Beach attendees many years. I chaperoned the Virginia delegation in 2013, and it was a great trip. LWF is new, for those entering grades 7-9. It is similar to CWF, for the younger crowd.

More information on each is below. For registration paperwork, please email Erin. I did not want to crowd your inbox with all the documents.

I HIGHLY recommend either of these trips. Please share with your 4-H members that might be interested. I will need applications by February 15 to ensure they are correct and sent on to the State 4-H Office. Contact me for the registration packets.

(They are currently still looking for chaperones too if you are interested).

2015 Citizenship Washington Focus is slated for Virginia the week of July 5-1, 2015.  CWF is a tremendous opportunity for senior 4-H members.  Applications are due to the State 4-H by Friday, February 20, 2015.

NEW FOR 2015 – The Virginia 4-H Foundation is offering one FULL scholarship per district.  More than one youth per district can apply to attend, however only one youth per district will be awarded a scholarship.   All applicants must submit the $200 deposit with their application.  If awarded a scholarship, it will be refunded following the trip to ensure attendance.  Youth will be notified mid-March.  Please see the application for more information.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth ages 14-19 that takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just 1 mile from the Washington, DC border.

Every summer, thousands of young people participate in the program, which provides opportunities for them to:

  • strengthen their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills on a national level
  • understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders
  • exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds.
  • experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, DC.

CWF participants enjoy:

  • a behind-the-scenes look at our nation’s capital and the chance to meet Members of Congress
  • motivational speakers, educational workshops, and assemblies that increase individual commitment to citizen involvement and build lifetime skills for success
  • activities that encourage new and lasting friendships
  • an enthusiastic staff of young adultsthat work directly with them

Participants are immersed in the culture and history of Washington through onsite workshops at its most spectacular sights.

Destinations include, but are not limited to:

  • The Capitol
  • Mount Vernon
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Presidential and war monuments and memorials
  • Smithsonian museums

The cost of the trip is $940.00.  Many delegates recruit sponsorship from local civic groups.  National 4-H has created templates for scholarship letters.  Please visit fundraising section on the site below for templates.

http://www.4hcenter.org/youth-conference-center-overview/educational-programs/citizenship-washington-focus/information-planning-resources/

Delegates are responsible for getting themselves to/from the center.  Upon arrival, transportation for the week is included in the cost of the trip.

Now for Leadership Washington Focus:

LWF is a 4-H leadership program for youth entering grades 7 through 9. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just 1 mile from the Washington, D.C. border. For more than 50 years, thousands of 4-H’ers have participated in our high school program, Citizenship Washington Focus and now we are happy to introduce its precursor for middle school 4-H’ers, LWF.  The program is slightly shorter than CWF but runs fairly similar.

NEW FOR 2015 – The Virginia 4-H Foundation is offering one FULL scholarship per district.  More than one youth per district can apply to attend, however only one youth per district will be awarded a scholarship.   All applicants must submit the $150.00 deposit with their application.  If awarded a scholarship, it will be refunded following the trip to ensure attendance.  Youth will be notified mid-March.  Please see the application for more information.

Middle school 4-H delegates will:

  • Build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action
  • Practice effective communication with others through group discussion and public speaking
  • Work with others to create and accomplish goals
  • Develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style
  • Exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-H’ersfrom across the nation.
  • Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C.

General LWF Information : http://www.4hcenter.org/youth-conference-center-overview/educational-programs/leadership-washington-focus/

Planning Resources (Includes templates for fundraising, press release, info flyer):  http://www.4hcenter.org/youth-conference-center-overview/educational-programs/leadership-washington-focus/information-planning-resources/

Virginia has 5 youth slots and 1 adult chaperone slot available  The deadline to submit an application and a deposit it February 20, 2015.

An application will be consider complete when the following are received:

  • VA LWF Application
  • Deposit of $150.00
  • Virginia Health History Form
  • Code of Conduct and Media Release Form

I HIGHLY recommend either of these trips. Please share with your 4-H members that might be interested. I will need applications by February 15 to ensure they are correct and sent on to the State 4-H Office. Contact me for the registration packets.

Thanks!

Erin Menchhofer
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Virginia Cooperative Extension- Virginia Beach
2449 Princess Anne Road
Municipal Center, Building #14
Virginia Beach, VA 23456