AMES, Iowa--More than 1,000 teenagers will converge on the Iowa State University campus June 26-28, 2007, for three days filled with speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, and community service activities.
The teens will be attending the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, the flagship event of the Iowa 4-H Youth Council, working in partnership with Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
“The conference is one way the 4-H program builds leadership skills in young people,” said Chuck Morris, director of the ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development program. “4-H is about building leadership, citizenship and communication skills. Youth learn those skills when they are given the opportunity to practice them in real life situations and in partnership with caring adults.”
4-H state council members, a group of 40 high school juniors and seniors, spend a year planning and preparing for the event. During the year, they organize committees, outline the conference schedule, select and contact speakers, obtain financing and donations and promote the event locally and statewide. During the conference they work as emcees, guides, activity leaders and workshop hosts.
Program plans for this year’s conference, “007: License to Succeed,” are complete, according to Brenda Allen, 4-H program specialist. “Now the competition begins as council members from different areas of the state challenge each other to register the most conference delegates.”
Enthused about the program, conference co-chair Elizabeth Hill said, “You will get to experience campus life, and meet new people from across the state. You will have fun while learning by doing, dancing the nights away and serving the community. You will gather new ideas to take back to your community and school, and in the process you might even discover something new about yourself. You also will have opportunities to share your talents with the rest of the delegation through small group discussion and a talent show.”
“You don’t even have to be in 4-H to attend, “ conference co-chair Jon Kempf said. “If you’ve completed eighth grade, you can come. Conference can be three of the most incredible days of your life. Where else can you attend great workshops, awesome dances, hear inspiring speakers, do some community service, and meet over 1,000 other people?”
Youth with a specific interest in animal science or crop production can register for one of two special tracks: Round-up or CSI: Crops.
For more information about the 2007 conference or to register, contact the local county office of ISU Extension. Information also is available online at www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/StateConference/index.htm