Iowa 4-H Youth Conference
Every June, almost 1000 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. Registration will open in mid-March and typically closes approximately June 1. You can also check out financial aid applications, due April 25 to the Iowa 4-H Foundation. More information and links are in the right-hand column and will continue to be updated in the coming months.
We will continue to update this site as we confirm new workshops and have additional information about the Conference.
4-H Animal Science Roundup - Applications Due March 15!
2017 Dates to Remember:
- March 15, 4-H Animal Science Roundup Application Deadline. Apply here.
- June 1, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference Registration due for regular registration fee tentatively set at $175
- June 10, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference LATE Registration due with $25 late fee; no refunds on cancellations after this date
- June 10, Requests for Early Arrival by county staff are due
- June 22, Talent Show and Banquet Speaking Applications are due
- June 26, Early Arrival--arranged by county staff with chaperones for $30 per person
- June 27-29, 2017 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, ISU, Ames
Iowa 4-H Youth Conference Promotional Video
The 2015-2016 State 4-H Council included two guest speakers to share their inspirational 4-H stories for this year’s 2016 State 4-H Conference Banquet. This could happen again. Be thinking of your 4-H story. As opportunities come up, we'll continue to use this space to share.
Each speaker had a five minute opportunity to take the stage in front of special guests and all the delegates Wednesday night.
They also provided opportunities 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!
(June Deadline in Conjunction with Iowa 4-H Youth Conference--see state 4-H council web page for more information)
Iowa 4-H Youth Conference registration goes from mid-March to June 1. Check here for updates. Registration is handled through ISU Registration Services. You will need to create a password to get into the system; if you have registered for other ISU conferences before, you can use the same password. 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. Below the On-line registration link, find the basic forms for registration and workshop descriptions to prepare you in advance. Additionally, you will find applications for Talent Show as well and Banquet Speaking.
2017 On-line Registration not open yet
These are 2016 materials to give you an idea of what to expect. This section will be updated in February.
Check out details below to learn more about Conference--and to promote it to others! These pieces are from 2016 to provide ideas to get a better understanding of the conference.
(Staff Only-Conference Handbook)