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2020 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference will be held June 30-July 2, 2020.

Every June, almost 900 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!

Check here for continued updates regarding the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. Regular registration for a fee of $180 closes on June 1 with late registration for $200 available until June 11.  You can also check out financial aid applications, due May 1-June 15 to the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

We will continue to update this site as we confirm new workshops and have additional information about the Conference.


Conference Registration is OPEN! Register here!

Click here for: Animal Science 4-H Round Up Applicant Results and Registration Information

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.

2019 Keynote Speakers

John Beede

In his johnwickedly entertaining lifestyle, 31 year old professional speaker, author, and adventurer John Beede has been struck by lightning, attacked by a 5-foot iguana, swam with a whale shark, nearly fell 800 feet to his death, once did the hokey-pokey in the eye of a hurricane, and has reached his lifelong goal of climbing the tallest mountain on every continent.  John’s recent climb to the summit of the Mount Everest was featured on TV’s 60 Minutes and earned him the nickname, “The Climber Guy”. Today he’s going to show you how to climb on to your highest levels of peak performance and leadership.

Brazilian Twins (Banquet Entertainment)

twinsB2wins. Short for Brazilian Twins, this high energy entertainment group continues to captivate audiences worldwide with its unique sound and engaging live show.  Led by charismatic Twin brothers from Rio de Janiero, their live show is a hybrid mix of rock concert, jam session and dance party. Combing a plethora of genres and sounds, in an infectious live show, the B2wins offer something for everyone while taking audiences on a vacation.  Fans describe it as like seeing your new best friends in concert. Growing up in the violent, impoverished slums of Brazil, the Twins began playing classical music on violins their father made by hand. They used music as an escape from their reality and began teaching  others in their neighborhood. After their orchestra was featured on NPR, the Twins were invited to the US on full ride music scholarships. Flash forward 10 years, they now tour the United states full time, on a mission to change the world through their music, one smile at a time.

John Noltner

johnAward-winning photographer John Noltner drove 40,000 miles across the United States asking people from diverse backgrounds the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?” In a world that asks us to focus on the things that can separate us, his resulting multimedia arts project called A Peace of My Mind, encourages us to rediscover the common humanity that connects us. John has been telling stories with words and images for 25 years for national magazines , Fortune 500 companies and non-profits. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Magazine, Midwest Living, and the New York Daily News, among other publications. Having worked on three continents, John carefully arranges details and builds relationships with his clients, using humor, understanding, and compassion to craft compelling and insightful stories. He has spoken at the Nobel Peace Prize Conference, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Ghandi-King Conferenceon Non-violence, the Soujourners Summit for Change to name a few. John shares his belief that art and storytelling have the power to transform our hearts as well as our communities.

Peggy Whitson

peggyNASA Astronaut and Iowa 4-H Alum, Peggy A. Whitson (Ph.D.) flew on Expedition 50/51 and participated in four spacewalks, bringing her career total to ten. With a total of 665 days in space, Whitson holds the U.S. record, placing eighth on the all-time space endurance list.  The Iowa native also completed two six-month tours of duty aboard the station for Expedition 5 in 2002, and as the station commander for Expedition 16 in 2008 where she accumulated 377 days in space between the two missions, the most for any U.S. woman at the time of her return to Earth.


The 2018-2019 State 4-H Council invites two youth guest speakers from among the Conference delegates to share their inspirational 4-H stories for this year’s 2019 State 4-H Conference Banquet.  Be thinking of your 4-H story and apply to speak at the banquet. To apply to be a youth guest speaker at banquet, fill out this form and submit with a video, audio file, or YouTube link for our review to:

There is also an opportunity for youth to share their talents with their fellow delegates through performance.  This could be dance, song, acting, or stand-up comedy, to provide a few examples. Check out the application expectations from last year below to get you thinking about this opportunity for the upcoming year. We'd love to have you share your skills with the state! Talent Show Application

Applications for these opportunities are due to the State 4-H Office by Thurs., June 20.

2019 Dates to Remember:

  • April 15, 4-H Animal Science Roundup Application Deadline. Apply here.
  • May 1-June 15, Iowa 4-H Foundation financial assistance form due
  • June 1, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference Registration due for regular registration fee set at $180
  • June 10, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference LATE Registration due with $20 late fee; no refunds on cancelations after this date
  • June 11, Requests for Early Arrival by county staff are due
  • June 20, Talent Show and Banquet Speaking Applications are due
  • June 24, Early Arrival--arranged by county staff with chaperones for $30 per person
  • June 25-27, 2019 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, ISU, Ames

These are the 2019 materials to give you an idea of what to expect.

Registration Packet

Health Form

Talent Show Application

Banquet Speaking Application

Workshop List

Workshop Descriptions

Financial Aid Application--due May 1-June 15



4-H/Extension Resources

Promotion Resources

Check out details below to learn more about Conference--and to promote it to others!

Conference Brochure

Round-Up Information


Orientation Materials for 2019

Conference Schedule

Chaperone Letter

Frequently Asked Questions

Map for Check-in

Orientation Information

Hints for New Conference Attendees