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4-H Youth Development

Kansas State 4-H Office
201 Umberger Hall
1612 Claflin Road
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5981 fax

National 4-H Conference

What: The National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults, at the invitation of the Secretary of Agriculture, assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development programs nationally and in their communities. This event brings together youth, volunteer leaders, and state and county Extension Staff members from across the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the Canadian Providences.

When: March 28-April 2, 2020; April 10-15, 2021

Where: Washington D.C.

Who: Youth 15-18 Years Old by January 1 of the year of the conference

Registration: Each Extension unit should encourage ANY teens to apply for this opportunity! Up to six Kansas youth may be selected to attend the conference. A panel will screen the written applications and top applicants will be invited to interview at Rock Springs during Kansas Youth Leadership Forum. Nominees must register and attend the Kansas Youth Leadership Forum. Final selection of delegates will be made on the basis of the written application and interviews.

One adult chaperone will also be selected to accompany the delegation. Chaperones must be at least 21 years old and must be a registered volunteer. Interested adult volunteers and Extension Staff should complete the same application as the youth. 

Registration Fee: Approximately $1400. 4-H clubs, 4-H councils, local 4-H Foundations and local service groups have helped many delegates with this fee. Additional conference fees are sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association and the Kansas 4-H Foundation.

Conference Objectives

  • Learn – Provide youth a broad- based learning experience in which they will acquire practical knowledge and skills to reinforce the attitudes and motivation that will give them a heightened sense of responsibility and capacity to connect as active members of their communities, nation and world.
  • Practice – Engage youth in hands-on educational activities in which they explore, practice and master existing and newly developed skills/knowledge in civic engagement, civic education and personal development.
  • Apply – Facilitate direct opportunities for youth to apply what was learned in real world experiences in which they develop leadership skills using their voices, work, ideas and/or behavior to make a difference in their community, country and world.

Registration Deadline: Applications and letters of reference are due in the State 4-H Office no later than 11:59PM (Central Time) October 1, 2019.

Check with your local Extension Office for local deadlines. 


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2019 Youth Council Applicant Info 

This Application Process is for both Youth Council Representative and National Conference Delegate. 

This Application Process is for both Youth Council Representative and National Conference Delegate.