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Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference, June 11-14

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By Cathy Toole

With summer just around the corner, it’s time for Kentucky 4-H teens to register for the 2012 Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.
The conference will be June 11-14 at the University of Kentucky, and is open to all 4-H’ers who have completed the ninth grade through the age of 18.
During the conference, 4-H members have the opportunity to experience dorm life in UK residence halls, attend educational and recreational workshops and meet new friends from across the state. 
The conference kicks off Monday with a picnic and a chance to meet the 4-H members who are candidates campaigning for a state 4-H office.  Entertainment escalates into the evening with a keynote address from motivational speaker Grant Baldwin.   Grant is an engaging speaker who helps give students a “Reality Check” using his book of the same name. All participants at this year’s conference will receive a free copy of the book.
Different tracks and workshops centered on topics of interest are the week’s main focus.  The tracks are two-day educational classes focusing on subject matter from the Kentucky 4-H core project areas. One-session workshops emphasize fun activities, crafts and basic skill building.
Each night features a program highlighting 4-H involvement. A mainstay event at teen conference is the fashion revue. Youths who have completed a fashion project and won at their district shows work all week preparing for 4-H fashion revue on Wednesday night.  During the revue, a number of music and variety acts will showcase 4-H talent. The election of state
4-H officer elections also takes place on Wednesday so 4-Hers attending Teen Conference can vote for representatives for the 2013 season.
Staff from UK and the Kentucky Department of Education will offer information about attending a college or university, applying for scholarships and being successful away from home.
Throughout the week, 4-Hers develop leadership and citizenship skills, become acquainted with the land grant university and meet new people. The Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference is planned by the Kentucky State 4-H Teen Council, the state 4-H office and county extension agents.  Participation from keynote celebrities is made possible through the Kentucky Soybean Foundation. The cost of the conference is $160 and is due with registration papers to your county 4-H office by May 10.
For more information on the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference, contact your Henry County Cooperative Extension Service by calling 845-2811 or email ctoole@uky.edu.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.