NH 4-H Teen Conference

Thanks to all who helped make 2022 Teen Conference an amazing conference!  Information will be coming soon for 2023!  Take a look at last year’s to get an idea of what this experience is all about.

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It's time to reach for the stars!

NH 4-H Teen Conference is a four-day, three night conference held at the University of New Hampshire, Durham campus.

4-H is open to all. Any teen interested in connecting with other teens, participating in a service-learning project to reduce food insecurity, and have days full of challenges, laughter, and learning is encouraged to attend.

The conference is designed by 4-H teens from New Hampshire in youth-adult partnership with advisors, to create an experience that will leave lasting memories.  Ever wanted to lip sync battle?   Come on down.    Ever want to learn how to create your magazine?   You can here.  Interested in learning about organic dairy farming?   We have you covered.

* Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Open to any teen ages 14-18. *Have to have graduated 8th grade.
  • Teen Conference is held at University of New Hampshire, Durham.
  • 4 days on campus, 3 workshop sessions, 1 dance, and 1 field trip.
  • A half-day service learning project to combat food insecurity in NH.
  • Experience dorm-living, a BBQ on the Upper Quad, and a final night banquet in Portsmouth NH.
  • Vote in the 2022-2023 NH State Youth Leadership Team.
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Teen Conference Schedule

Saturday, June 25
12 - 2pm                 Arrival
2:15pm                   Johnson Theater
2:30 -3:30pm        Orientation
3:45 – 5:00pm       Keynote/Team Bldg 
5:15 – 5:45pm       Floor Meeting
5:45 – 7pm             Dinner and Social
7:00 – 10:00pm    Talent Show/Activities

Sunday, June 26
6:15 - 6:45am        Fitness Fun
8:15 - 8:30am        Morning Assembly
9:00 - 12:45pm     Comm. Service                  
1:00 - 2:00pm        Lunch
2:30 – 4:30pm       Workshops
5:30 - 7:30pm        County Dinner 
7:30 – 9:30pm       Lip Sync Battle
9:30 - 10:30pm      Social/SYLT Campaigning

Monday, June 27
6:15 - 6:45am        Fitness Fun
8:30 – 8:45am       Morning Assembly
9:00-10:30am        Workshops
10:45 – 12:00pm  Career Fair
12:15pm                  Bus - Field Trip
4:15-5:15pm          Social Time       
5:45 – 8:00pm       Banquet & Awards
8:00 – 10:00pm     Dance
11:15 - 11:45pm   Ceremony       
12:00am                  Social Time

Tuesday, June 28
6:15 - 6:45am         Fitness Fun
7:15 - 8:00am         Breakfast
9:15 - 9:45am         Check-Out
10:00am                   Closing Ceremony
11:00am                   Departure
12:00pm                   Campus Tour (optional)

 2022 Teen Conference full Schedule

 2022 teen conference flier

2022 Workshops

Ready For Adventure on The Open Seas?  Tying Sailor Knots is Your First Stop!   This instructional workshop will teach you all the basics of tying sailing knots.  Be prepared for a swashbuckling good time! C.J. Sneath, UNH Theater and Dance, Technical Director          

Pack a Punch: Beginner Stage Combat - Have you ever wondered how movie battles look so realistic?  Try out this workshop to learn how to become beginner stage artists that pack a punch. Raina Ames, Theater and Dance Chair

Ride It, Fix It, Repeat - Interested in learning how to fix your bike if the chain popped off?  Or learn how to swap a tire?  In this workshop you will jump in on your own personal bike maintenance and then hop on for a tour of the UNH campus. *Bike and helmet needed* Brian Keegan, Oyster River Cycle and Sport

Time to Get Your Dance Moves Ready - It's time to shine!  Dust your dance moves off with this workshop to learn some new choreography to make the last dance count! Meghan Houlahan, Bellete Studio Owner

Learn to Lunge and Parry with the UNH Fencing Club - Fencing is not just for the 18th century.  Join the UNH Fencing Club to learn the basics of fencing.  This is a hands-on workshop so be ready to lunge, parry and shout "en garde". Leslie Brough, UNH Student

4-H Shooting Sports - Ready, Aim, Fire! Travel to a local shooting range for a day of sampling the terrific 4-H Shooting Sports curriculum activities. Hands-on? You bet! You’ll have a chance to try shotgun, archery, pistol, rifle, and muzzle loader as you learn about safe and responsible gun use. There will be something for everyone from the beginner to the expert.

Survive and Thrive in the Great Outdoors - Sometimes challenging yourself in the outdoor can lead to tough situations. Discover wilderness survival techniques to help you become more positive-minded, optimistic, and less stressed as you test yourself and gain confidence.  Jake King, Thrive Outdoors Adventure

Cut, Collaborate, and Celebrate in Art - Using mixed media and collage techniques participants in this workshop will work together to compile and format a DIY Magazine. {Zine} short for magazine or fanzine, a small circulation, self-published collection of original words and images. Cara Cabral and Caitlin Little, Arts in Reach

Level Up Your Robotics Knowledge - Work together to better understand and use robotic technology in this workshop.  Professor Begum focuses on using robotic technology and AI to help people with physical impairments, be a part of something big in this workshop! Momotaz Begum, UNH Computer Sciences

Internships 101: How Your Spark Can Ignite Your Future - Internships are a great way to connect and engage in your community. With UNHCE Internship Coordinator learn how an internship can empower you to spark change and develop your ideas in an interested industry. Megan Brabec, UNH Coordinator of Civic & Community Engagement

Similarity Awareness: Celebrate Similarities and Differences with Northeast Passage - Dive in with hands-on activities to promote discussion around the similarities we all share. Following a large group discussion, 4-Hers will explore the topic through activities and the opportunity to play a large group game in wheelchairs. We will conclude with a discussion based on any new ideas, facts, or questions. Amanda Bouchard B.S., CTRS/L, Program Specialist, Northeast Passage

My Digital Life - Managing your digital footprint and personal data. Learn how to utilize media and reap its benefits, while remaining safe and protected. Recognize how to identify specific behaviors that can have a positive and negative impact on your lives and reputation. Claire Garand, Education Program Manager, Media Power Youth

Public Speaking: Techniques and Tips for Creating 4-H Presentations - Public speaking benefits are almost too numerous to count, but perhaps the most important one is the confidence that you develop in yourself. Want to make it to The Big E next year? This is a great workshop to hone your skills for County, State and Big E presentations! Dan Holdridge, NH 4-H State Youth Leadership Team Advisor, Vice Chair, NH 4-H Foundation and CEO of Eagle Industries, Inc.

How to Budget, Balance, and Bring in the Big Bucks - Financial literacy, and knowing when to save, spend, or give is one of life's most important lessons.  Join this workshop to learn how to make the most of what you have and plan for your future. Robert Barry, Blue Water Mortgage Loan Officer


Having a Challenging Conversation Doesn't Have to Be a Challenge - Develop the skills to open your mind to converse with others about challenging topics. Learn how to communicate with others to learn about the differing backgrounds, communities, cultures, and experiences that surround you so that you can proceed with empathy and compassion. Michele Holt-Shannon, Director of NH Listens

Preparing For Your Next Step, One Step at a Time - Life can be daunting after high school. There are endless possibilities for things to do. Going to college? Learn how to apply for student loans! Looking to join the workforce? Learn how to apply for a job and where to look for them! Corinne Alfeld, Ph.D., Research Analyst/Program Officer, National Center for Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

Promoting Wellness: How to Support Yourself and Others - Join this workshop to learn more about mental health signs and symptoms, and what to do when you ask, "Are you okay?" and the answer is "No". This workshop will also give you the chance to practice skills and techniques to care for yourself and others.  Kendra Lewis, UNHCE Youth and Family Resiliency State Specialist and Kristin Eberl, UNHCE Youth Behavioral Health and Wellness Field Specialist

Computer Sciences and Technology - Peter Lamonica, Chair of Computer Science at Manchester Community College Computer Sciences and Technology

University of New Hampshire Admissions Department - Karoline Goulart and Richard Haynes, Associate Director of Admissions, University of New Hampshire Admissions Department

University of New Hampshire Theater and Dance Department - C.J. Sneath, UNH Theater and Dance, Technical Director, University of New Hampshire Theater and Dance Department

Nonprofit Management and Advocacy - Bryan Bessette, President and Executive Director of The Freedom Café Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

University of New Hampshire Theater and Dance Department - David Kaye, Professor of Theater, UNH Theater and Dance, University of New Hampshire Theater and Dance Department

Brand Elevation and Human Resources  - Danielle Conlin, Human Resources, Matter, Brand Elevation Agency and Human Resources Professional

University of New Hampshire Athletic Department - Michelle Bronner, Deputy Athletic Director, University of New Hampshire, Athletics

Southeast New Hampshire (SENH) Habitat for Humanity - Jessica Hamilton, Development Manager at Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity, Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity

University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture - Ryan Courtright, University of New Hampshire Organic Dairy Farm Manager University of New Hampshire, Organic Dairy Farming

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension - Ken LaValley, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Dean, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

University of New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems - Liz Brock, Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems, University of New Hampshire, Large Animal Veterinary Science

A Photographer's View of Cultural Diversity - Becky Field, Immigrant Photographer and Author,  and Documentary Photographer

Trade School and Professional Field - Jason Eberl, Instructor of Architectural/Mechanical Engineering Teacher, Richard Createu Technology Center

Nonprofit Management and Funds Development - Avery Adam, 4-H Foundation Executive Director, Non-profit Management and Funds Development

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Lu Butterfield-Ferrell, Associate Director, Beauregard Center for Equity, Justice and Freedom, Advocate and Community Educator, Equity, Justice and Freedom