Iowa 4-H Youth Conference
2016 Theme: Dive to New Depths
Dates: June 28-30, 2016
Every June, almost 1000 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities.
If you've completed 8th grade, you're eligible to attend. You don't even have to be in 4-H to attend this conference! You will get to experience campus life and meet new people from across the state! You will be having fun while learning by doing, dancing the nights away, and serving the community. You will get to learn new things to take back to your community and school, and in the process you might even discover something new about yourself! There are opportunities for you to share your talents with the rest of the delegation through small group discussion, the Conference Chorus, and a Talent Show!
If you have a specific interest in animal science, you might want to look into becoming part of the ROUND-UP track! There are also workshop tracks that span all 3 days for certain topics if you'd like to study something in more depth. Or, you can choose different workshops each day to get more variety while you're on campus.
If you'd like to be part of the team to capture the Conference in photos, join our Iowa 4-H Youth Camera Corps, and bring your camera. We're doing things a little differently this year and you'll get to learn photo skills and put them to work through the workshop series.
Please join us in June for the most incredible three days of your life at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference!
Iowa 4-H Youth Conference 2016 Registration is now open. You can register between now and June 1 for the regular registration cost of $175. Between June 2 and June 10 the rate goes up to $200. All registration closes on June 10. Check out financial aid applications, due April 25 to the Iowa 4-H Foundation. All of the registration information and links are in the right-hand column.
We will continue to update this site as we confirm new workshops and have additional information about the Conference.
2016 Dates to Remember:
- June 1, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference Registration due for regular registration fee of $175
- June 10, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference LATE Registration due with $25 late fee; no refunds on cancellations after this date
- June 10, Requests for Early Arrival by county staff are due
- June 23, Talent Show and Banquet Speaking Applications are due
- June 27, Early Arrival--arranged by county staff with chaperones for $30 per person
- June 28-30, 2016 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, ISU, Ames
This video was created by the 2015 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference Camera Corps, led by Samantha Whitaker and Marcy Sander. The camera corps was made up of 16 conference delegates who captured the activities and special of conference throughout the 3-day event. They also chose which photos to highlight and put this video together, which was shown during the closing session of the 2015 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. It also gives those considering attending the 2016 event an idea of what they might see and expect.
Attention All Communication Participants!
The 2015-2016 State 4-H Council included two guest speakers to share their inspirational 4-H stories for this year’s 2016 State 4-H Conference Banquet. This could happen again. Be thinking of your 4-H story.
Each speaker had a five minute opportunity to take the stage in front of special guests and all the delegates Wednesday night.
Another Opportunity for participants at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference
(June Deadline in Conjunction with Iowa 4-H Youth Conference--see state 4-H council web page for more information)
2016 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference registration is now open. Registration is handled through ISU Registration Services. You will need to create a password to get into the system; if you have registered for other ISU conferences before, you can use the same password. Payment for Conference registration will still be handled at your County Extension & Outreach Office, so your registration acceptance will be pending based on payment to your county. Please be sure to make payments by the June 1 registration deadline. Below the On-line registration link, find the basic forms for registration and workshop descriptions to prepare you in advance. Additionally, you will find applications for Talent Show as well and Banquet Speaking.