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4-H'ers learn leadership skills in Washington D.C.

Published: 08/09/13 12:29PM
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Eight 4-H club members pose with Congressmen John Lewis and Fort Valley State University's interim 4-H program leader, Woodie Hughes Jr., while attending the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) in Washington D.C. July 17. 

A recent trip to the nation's capital may be the first of many contributions that shape eight middle and south Georgia teens in becoming future leaders. From July 14-20, 4-H club members representing Peach, Terrell and Telfair Counties participated in the Citizen Washington Focus (CWF) Program held in Washington D.C.

4-H is a community of more than six million young people across the U.S. learning about life skills, leadership and citizenship. Fort Valley State University, a state and land grant institution offers a 4-H program to youth in Georgia.

For a week, these students attended CWF. CWF is an annual summer leadership program for students 14-19 years-old. Thousands of 4-H'ers from across the U.S. gather in D.C. to learn about leadership, civic engagement and citizenship.

"This opportunity is not only a cultural experience, but one that will help transform these young people into college graduates and leaders in their communities," said Woodie Hughes Jr., FVSU's interim 4-H program leader. Hughes, who has traveled with students to CWF for the past four years said the 2013 CWF emphasized taking action.

Hillary Fobbs-Glenn, a 14-year-old 4-H'er who participated in CWF is already planning to take action in her hometown of Fort Valley. "I learned how to develop a community action plan to better help things that go on in my community. That's why I chose to do a community action plan that will create a back to school program in my community for next year," Hillary said.

In addition to developing action plans, students attended sessions on topics such as healthy living, bill writing and citizenship. They also visited historical monuments such as Capitol Hill, Arlington National Cemetery, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the White House.

To learn more about FVSU's 4-H program, and CWF contact Woodie Hughes Jr., at (478) 825-6219 or send an e-mail to hughesw@fvsu.edu.