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Setting The Stage For Success


High school students from across the state are invited to set their stage for success and fun on the Iowa State University campus, June 29- July 1.  The Iowa 4-H Conference hopes to welcome 1,000 students for the three-day convention. This exciting event offers a wide variety of new experiences and opportunities to today’s youth.

“The Iowa 4-H Youth Conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for teens from around the state to meet others like themselves as well as those who are different and learn from their hands-on opportunities,” said Brenda Allen, Iowa State University Extension 4-H youth development specialist.

To be a part of the fun you must have completed 8th-12th grade. Delegates do not have to be in 4-H to attend this conference, but all teens must register through their county extension office.

“One of the most exciting things about the Iowa 4-H Conference is that it’s planned for teens by their peers,” said Allen. “The State 4-H Council has designed a conference that they want to attend themselves.”

Explore New Career Paths
During the conference, delegates will attend workshops each day that showcase opportunities for their future. Workshops will be different each day and there are over 50 to choose from allowing everyone to find something that fits their personal stage. Those interested in animal science or agronomy have a special opportunity to learn more with ROUNDUP and CSI: Crops.

ROUNDUP allows youth to explore modern concepts and technologies in animal agriculture.  The workshop is broken down by species of interest and explores career opportunities within specific fields.  It is also a great way to meet the Animal Science department faculty.

CSI: Crops gives youth hands-on experience with concepts and technologies in agronomy. Youth will conduct a crop science investigation for diseases, bugs and other threats using GPS technology.  They will also be exposed to career opportunities in agronomy.

Showcase Your Talents
The State 4-H Conference annually hosts a talent show; however, in 2010 the talent show will be judged and prizes will be awarded to top placing acts. Delegates must submit a demo for their act and the top six to ten will perform during the conference.  A panel of celebrity judges will decide who ends up on top.

Have fun creating new connections
The Iowa 4-H Youth Conference is packed with opportunities for fun like dances, swimming and even a casino night. The conference also welcomes speakers to present on topics important to youth. This year three outstanding speakers will be present. 

Albert Mensah is a native of Ghana, Africa, and came to the United States to play college soccer. Mensah shows people who are born into opportunity the options they take for granted. His goal is to help people seize and maximize their opportunities.

Adam Steen is a former 4-H member and currently serves as the CEO of 25 Connections. By creating a positive urgency, Steen hopes his audience will take a calculated approach to improve the area around them. Steen focuses on promoting networking, leadership skills and intrapreneurship.

Aaron Davis is a former Nebraska football player and has used that experience to become a successful author and businessman. Davis believes in making the most of leadership opportunities and realizes it’s simple but not always easy.

Serving Others
Iowa 4-H Youth Conference is also a great opportunity for youth to give back to the community. Youth will participate in a variety of community service projects in both Story and Boone Counties. Projects include: making posters, creating teaching kits and promotional materials, organizing food pantries and storage closets, planting flower beds, picking up trash, painting or staining.

To register for this event, contact your county extension office.  Registrations must be postmarked from the county offices by May 28, 2010.

About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth are involved in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations and fees. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.

Contacts :

Brenda Allen , Youth Campus Director, (515) 294-1567, bsallen@iastate.edu

Kassi Williams, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, kassi8@iastate.edu