AMES, Iowa - This summer, approximately 500 teens are expected to converge on the Iowa State University campus over the course of three consecutive days for speakers, educational workshops, cultural exploration and service learning. The 2021 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, “Quest to Be Your Best,” will take place June 29-July 1.
After canceling this annual youth conference in 2020 due to COVID-19, the State 4-H Council is excited to host the event for 4-H members this year.
“The State 4-H Council is a group of leadership-driven high school youth that plan this annual event. The State Council makes decisions on everything from the theme and keynote speakers to food, participant materials and schedule of events,” said Haley Jones, conference coordinator and 4-H youth program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “State Council members are able to consider their own experiences and interests as they think about what their peers who attend the conference would enjoy, making the Youth Conference a truly unique experience.”
Youth who attend the conference will get to dive into their own passions, discover career opportunities and learn about life on a college campus all while meeting other youth from across the state. They also will participate in two educational workshops, hear from a keynote speaker, participate in a service-learning opportunity and bring back new ideas to their community.
“This in-person event will look different than the traditional Youth Conference as the State 4-H Council works to make this event both impactful and safe for all participants,” Jones said.
The Youth Conference will be held as three, one-day events, rather than an overnight event. 4-H members must register for the date set aside for their area of the state – western, central or eastern – and registrations are capped at 130 youth from each of the three areas.
The Animal Science Round Up event will take place concurrently with the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. Youth can register for one of eight tracks in the Round Up; each track is a one-day event at Iowa State University June 29 or June 30. Tracks include horse, beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, dog, and meat and food science. Each track is capped at 12 youth participants.
Transportation options will be provided in the form of charter bus routes from each area of the state to assist in transporting youth to and from Ames for this one-day experience.
All 4-H members who have completed eighth grade are invited to register for either the Youth Conference or Animal Science Round Up. Online registration is now open through 4H Online. Youth must register by June 1 and the registration fee is $50.00. Financial assistance is available online through the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
For more information about State 4-H Council or to register for the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, please visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/iowa4hyouthconference.
[PHOTO] A youth participates in an educational workshop at the 2019 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. (Photo Credit: Ed Lyon with Reiman Gardens)
[PHOTO] Youth participate in service learning with Reiman Gardens at the 2019 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. (Photo Credit: Ed Lyon with Reiman Gardens)