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Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference 2012

Lloyd G. Saylor, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development

With summer just around the corner, it is time for Kentucky 4-H teens to register for the 2012 Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.

The conference takes place at the University of Kentucky June 11 - 14 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 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 youth 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.  He has spoken to thousands of youth and will be returning to the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference this year. 
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 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 the Butler County Extension Office by May 11th.

For more information contact the Butler County Extension Office at 112 E GL Smith Street, Morgantown or call 526-3767.

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


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