Teen delegate will attend Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

FREEHOLD, NJ –Local 4-H teen delegate McKayla Tyrrell of Freehold will represent Monmouth County at the 2013 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference next week.

“The conference provides opportunities for young people to identify individual citizenship rights and responsibilities,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County’s Cooperative Extension Service that includes the 4-H program. “Youth who attend this long standing conference work to identify issues facing youth while exploring causes and possible solutions. They also meet with law makers, witness government in action and develop a personal citizenship action plan.”

During the week, Tyrell and other delegates 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.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. Delegates from across the country attend this six-day program 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.

The 54th annual conference will be held July 7 through 13 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. 

Financial assistance for travel and tuition costs is provided by the Monmouth County 4-H Association and the State 4-H Association.

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 Monmouth County 4-H Program call the 4-H Office at

732-431-7260 ext. 7264 or visit the 4-H website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/.