The conference takes place at the University of Kentucky June 14 through 17 and is open to all 4-H’ers who have graduated eighth 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 tracks and workshops and meet new friends from across the state.
The conference kicks off Monday with a picnic and a chance to meet the candidates campaigning for state 4-H office. Entertainment escalates into the evening with a keynote address from motivational speaker Justin Laipply. Laipply is the creator of the wildly popular
"The Evolution of Dance," an internet sensation that drew over 10-million views in just two weeks. Laipply’s presentation will feature the energetic performance.
The Teen Conference charity campaign for 2010 supports local organizations for disabled persons. This year, teens are collecting formal dresses, suit coats, sport coats and ties. They will donate the items to several Lexington organizations that organize proms and dances for disabled adults. Anyone with "prom" type dresses suitable for young adults or teens, ties or suit coats are welcome to drop them off at their local Cooperative Extension office.
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 officers also takes place on Wednesday so 4-Hers attending Teen Conference can vote for representatives for the 2011 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 $150 and is due with registration papers by May 1.
For more information on the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference, contact Logan County Extension Office.