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Iowa 4-H Youth Conference

5/26/2009

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa teens can take a “Voyage to Greatness” at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, June 30 to July 2 at Iowa State University. Register by May 30 to get the early registration rate of $125. After May 30, the registration fee increases to $145.

All Iowa teens who have completed eighth through 12th grades are eligible to attend. Contact your Iowa State University Extension county office or go to the conference Web site, www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/stateconference/, for registration materials.

“Teens who embark on this Voyage to Greatness will enjoy three days of workshops and community service,” said Brenda Allen, ISU Extension 4-H youth development specialist.

The workshops cover everything from engineering to agriculture, along with design, fitness, communication, clothing, food science and safety. The topics were developed by the State 4-H Council, a group of teens who made sure that the workshops would cover issues that young people care about, Allen said.

On July 1, conference delegates will participate in community service projects in Ames and surrounding communities.

“They may be helping senior citizens with yard work, painting or cleaning up in city parks, helping at daycare centers or the Iowa 4-H Center, or organizing books in a library. Many service projects are outdoors,” Allen said.

Delegates also will hear from three keynote speakers.

  • Patrick George addresses facing fears and leadership challenges.
  • Harriet Turk believes it takes incredible enthusiasm and energy to make it through life and encourages people to believe in themselves.
  • Dan Wendt, a former 4-H’er, talks about creating opportunities for day-to-day greatness.

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Contacts :

Brenda Allen, 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1567, bsallen@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu