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 April 25 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 (click here) -- WILL OPEN IN MARCH 2018
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.
The 2017-2018 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 2018 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 application and submit with a video, audio file, or YouTube link for our review to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 21.
2018 Dates to Remember:
- April 25, Iowa 4-H Foundation financial assistance form due
- March 15, 4-H Animal Science Roundup Application Deadline. Apply here.
- June 1, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference Registration due for regular registration fee set at $180
- June 11, 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 21, Talent Show and Banquet Speaking Applications are due
- June 25, Early Arrival--arranged by county staff with chaperones for $30 per person
- June 26-28, 2018 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, ISU, Ames
These are the 2017 materials to give you an idea of what to expect.