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Citizenship Washington Focus

For more than 50 years, thousands of high school youth from all across the country have traveled to Washington, DC each summer to partake in the preeminent 4-H citizenship experience – Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF). CWF is a national program designed for 4-H members and teen leaders ages 14-19. Sessions are offered throughout the weeklong program held throughout June and July each year. CWF provides youth with opportunities to:

Program registration costs vary. Nebraska 4-H sends several regional groups each year that spend time visiting additional educational locations on the way to CWF. For more information, please contact your local Extension office.

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Managing Your Citizenship Washington Focus Funds-Extension Staff

With the University’s movement to a Recovery Cost Management (RCM) model, there are new policies around funds coming into cost objects. While Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) funds had been exempt from the 5% fee, that will no longer be the case and that fee may raise. In order to best serve our 4-H families, we have explored other strategies for managing those funds and the Nebraska 4-H Foundation as graciously agreed to be the fiscal agent.

Beginning December 2019, Citizenship Washington Focus will be managed by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Current account balances in UNL Cost Objects will be transferred to Nebraska 4-H Foundation accounts.

Those counties/multi-county units who do not currently have dollars in the UNL CWF Cost Object will need to set up a fund with the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. These funds will be managed in a separate account from other foundation funds.

There are no charges to county offices to establish a Citizenship Washington Focus Fund with the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Nor will the Nebraska 4-H Foundation assess fees on transactions related to these accounts.

Process to Establish a Fund

  1. A representative from the County Extension office must send an email to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation requesting that a Citizenship Washington Focus Fund be established for their county/multi-county unit. Please send the email to Stuart Shepherd at
  2. County offices are responsible for collecting CWF funds and sending them to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Checks should be payable to Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Mail to:
    Nebraska 4-H Foundation
    PO Box 4500
    Lincoln, NE 68504
  3. The Foundation will keep a file for each county fund. All checks and county communication will be copied and filed.
  4. Funds will be managed by Union Bank and Trust. Counties are welcome to call or email the Foundation to obtain reports on the balance of their fund. The Foundation will not be sending financial reports to counties.

Process to Utilize Funds

  1. Many/most expenses will be incurred by the Travel Agency Coordinating the trips. They will work with vendors (museums, tour sites, group meal locations) on contracts and payment processes.
  2. For other expenses (separate meals), the Nebraska 4-H Foundation will issue pre-paid VISA cards to 4-H’ers for the total amount of these of expenses. This card will need to be managed by the 4-H’er (good experience in budgeting)!

Trip Choices

Beginning in 2021, all 4-H sponsored Citizenship Washington Focus Trips will include National 4-H Council’s Citizenship Washington Focus experience and the Nebraska 4-H pre-trip curriculum.

Additionally, Nebraska 4-H will be utilizing one Travel Agency for the statewide coordination and management of CWF trips. There will be 3-4 Models from which to choose; counties can then select their Model and dates to best meet local needs. There will also be some choices to be made at the local level within each of those models. The model will also allow for different price points. Example models may include:

  1. CWF Program at National 4-H Headquarters only.
  2. CWF Program at National 4-H Headquarters with three days of side trips to New York/Philadelphia/etc. – flying.
  3. CWF Program at National 4-H Headquarters with three trips to New York/Philadelphia – bus.
  4. CWF Program at National 4-H Headquarters with one side trip.

In order to best determine what models would best suit your needs, please complete the CWF program survey. Based on your feedback, we will work to secure the best choices and rates.

CWF Program Survey