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Get ‘license to succeed’ from 4-H

Iowa 4-H Youth Conference

About 950 Iowa teens will earn their “license to succeed” at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 26-28.

“You don’t even have to be in 4-H to attend,” said Jon Kempf, an 18-year-old 4-H’er from Guthrie County and conference co-chair. “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…. You will not be bored.”

The annual event gives Iowa teens a glimpse of life at Iowa State. It’s for teens, by teens -- planned by the Iowa 4-H Youth Council, a group of 40 high school juniors and seniors.

Kempf has his own license to succeed well in hand, and he credits 4-H: “4-H is the perfect organization to help kids grow up to be a positive impact and become our society’s future leaders. With 4-H, kids learn great characteristics such as leadership, citizenship and communications skills.”

This article appeared in June 2007 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter