FREEHOLD, NJ -Monmouth County 4-H member, Alicia Muench of Middletown, has been selected to represent New Jersey at the 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference. This conference, now in its 58th year, will be held July 9-15 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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” says Virginia Krzyzanowski, 4-H Program Associate.

Financial assistance for travel and tuition costs was provided by the State 4-H Association and the Monmouth County 4-H Volunteer Association and the Monmouth County Board of Agriculture.

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 or visit the 4-H website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/.