Baton Rouge, La. – Dr. Tiffany Franklin, 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Coordinator at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus, and Ms. Tara Hollins, accompanied a delegation of six youth to the 2017 CWF in Washington D.C., July 10 -14.
One of the CWF participants Michael Wicker, a student at the Southern University Laboratory School, filmed and edited a video as part of a national competition for the program. The concept of the video was to reduce underage drinking and teen smoking among youth in his community.
The video can be viewed on YouTube here.
Citizenship Washington Focus is an educational conference for youth ages 15 to 19. The program is hosted at the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C. and provides youth the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine the civic engagement skills they need in order to become outstanding leaders.
The youth delegates get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s capital while meeting with members of Congress to learn more about how government works. At the end of the program, youth draft step-by-step action plans to address important issues in their communities. The youth have developed a plan that will provide a hands-on, engaging seminar with other community youth, while discussing the negative effects of underage drinking and smoking.
Other delegates participating in the 2017 CWF program were Michael Boudreaux and Tyliya Pitts, from the SU Lab School, along with Jaymya Jouber, A'mya Thomas, and Coby Pittman, from Park Ridge Academic Magnet School.