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Baton Rouge and Baker high school students, front row from left, Tyliya Pitts, Jaymya Joubert, A'miya Thomas, Louisiana State Rep. Garrett Graves, Michael Wicker and Coby Pittman; and second row, Michael Boudreaux III, Tiffany Franklin, 4-H Citizen Washington Focus Coordinator at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus; and Tara Hollins, CWF chaperone. The students visited the Nation’s Capital from July 10-14 to participate in the 4-H CWF program.

High school students Coby Pittman, Jaymya Joubert and A’miya Thomas, of Park Ridge Academic Magnet School; and Michael Boudreaux III, Tyliya Pitts and Michael Wicker, of Southern University Laboratory School, learned about political processes in the living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus, an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high school youth held at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The six youth, along with Tiffany Franklin, 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus coordinator at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus, and Tara Hollins, chaperone, participated in the program from July 10-14.

While in D.C., the students were given the opportunity to tour the House and Senate chambers, where they met Rep. Cedric Richmond, of Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District, and had a personal night tour of the Capitol with Rep. Garret Graves, of Louisiana’s 6th District.

“I will impact my community, using what I learned from CWF, by connecting with my people and creating a program that could help them with their problems," Pitts said. "Being involved in the CWF program meant a lot to me and I would love to return.”

For more than 50 years, the National 4-H Conference Center has invited thousands of young people from across the country to travel to Washington, D.C., and participate in civic workshops, committees and field trips before returning home to make positive changes in their own communities. The program strengthens young people’s understanding of the government’s civic process, and it also boosts their leadership skills, communication skills and overall confidence.