4-H Youth Development members attended Teen Conference June 10-13 on the University of Kentucky campus. To accommodate teenagers’ active, busy schedules, the conference is held over a four-day format instead of five days. The four days were packed full of exciting events and activities. Floyd County had five teens to participate this year. They were Sonjia Meade, Latracia Burchett, Katelyn Handshoe, Dakota Collins, and Brad Ousley.
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 kicked off Monday with a picnic and a chance to meet the 4-H members who are candidates campaigning for a State 4-H Office
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 showcased 4-H talent. The election of state4-H officers also takes place on Wednesday. 4-Hers attending Teen Conference voted for representatives for the 2013 season.
Staff from UK and the Kentucky Department of Education offered 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.
For more information on this and other 4-H programs in Floyd County contact Heather J. Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org), County Extension Agents for 4-H Youth Development, at (606) 886-2668 or visit her at the Floyd County Cooperative Extension Service Office at 921 South Lake Drive Prestonsburg. Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
Picture: Left; 2013 4-H Teen Conference Delegetes: Latracia Burchett (BLHS), Sonjia Meade (PHS), Brad Ousley (PHS), Dakota Collins (PHS) and Katelyn Handshoe (BLHS)