AMES, Iowa — This summer, 500 teens are expected to meet on the campus of Iowa State University for three consecutive days filled with guest speakers, educational workshops, cultural exploration and service learning. The 2022 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, themed Building the Future, will take place June 28-30.
All youth, regardless of previous 4-H involvement, who have completed eighth grade are encouraged to register for the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. Registration is $180 and is now open in 4HOnline. Registration will increase to $200 on June 2. Registration closes June 10.
“Young people who attend the conference will be able to immerse themselves in their own passions, discover career opportunities and learn more about life on a college campus while meeting other attendees from across the state,” said Haley Jones, Conference Coordinator and 4-H Youth Program Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
For attendees with an interest in animals, the Animal Science Round Up event will take place in conjunction with the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. Youngsters can register for one of six tracks: horse, ox, dairy cow, sheep, pig and dog. Animal Science Round Up participants will explore different areas of animal science through workshops, tours, and hands-on learning experiences.
New for 2022, the first 4-H Career Pathway Academy will begin at the same time as the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. Young people will explore pathways to college and career readiness at the launch event and continue to engage monthly with skills development, hands-on learning opportunities and apprenticeships in their local communities.
“Everything from the theme, keynote speakers, banquet entertainment, service plan and event schedule is decided by the members of the State 4-H Council,” Jones said. “The State 4-H Council is a group of leadership-driven high school youth who are able to consider their own experiences and interests when considering what their peers who attend the conference would enjoy, making this conference young people a truly unique experience. ”
“Planning the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference has been an amazing learning experience as I worked on multiple committees to make this the best conference yet. I can’t wait for June to show our efforts for Iowa youth across the state!” shared Jayce Reed, State 4-H Council Member, Monroe County.
Keynote speakers at this year’s event are Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf Dan Meers and decorated U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot Elizabeth McCormick. Young people will be able to choose three educational workshops to participate in during the conference, ranging from “Camera Corps” and “Real Money, Real World” to “World Dance Party”, “A Biochemistry Whodunit” and more.
“I hope our young participants leave the three-day event with more knowledge about something, whether it’s a workshop or a keynote speaker,” explained Nate Scott, Member of the Council of Boone County State 4-H. “I also hope they leave with a new friend because friends are necessary to build a future.”
For more information about the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference or to register, please visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/iowa4hyouthconference.
- Conference attendees fill care bags with hygiene products for young people in foster care in Iowa. [Shareable photo: 4-H service project]
- Members of the State 4-H Council perform a skit during the Youth Conference opening session for conference attendees.