Time for the 4-H Teen Conference 2013

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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 2013 Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.

The conference takes place at the University of Kentucky June 10-13 and is open to all 4-H’ers who have completed the freshman through their senior year of high school.

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, June 10, 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 Hoan Do (www.hoando.com) who will talk about “Succeeding in the Real World.”

Hoan Do is an engaging speaker who gives youth his perspective on how to be successful. All participants at this year’s conference will receive a free copy his book “Succeeding in the Real World:  What School Won’t Teach You.”

Different tracks and workshops centered on topics of interest are the week’s main focus. The tracks are two-day 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 officers also takes place on Wednesday so 4-Hers attending the teen conference can vote for representatives for the 2014 season.  

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.  The cost of the conference is $160 and is due with registration papers on May15.

For more information on the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference, contact the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service at 845-2811.