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National 4-H Conference

Join Us for 2023 National 4-H Conference

Bringing hundreds of 4-H’ers to the nation’s capital each spring, National 4-H Conference is the flagship youth development opportunity of USDA, hosted by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). From April 14-19, 2023, the nationally recognized event is developing the next generation of leaders alongside more federal partners than ever before. Experience unparalleled discovery, learning, professional development, and networking with 4-H’ers from around the world. The event features Conference roundtable sessions, Youth Career Fair exhibitions, live “cool job” panels, community service, special events, assemblies and much more.  

Register early and find more planning resources in our National 4-H Conference Delegate Handbook, including schedule overview, challenge questions, community service opportunities, chaperone roles and travel logistics. 

Registration is Now Open

Register today for 2023 National 4-H Conference to share your voice with federal agencies and congressional committees from April 14-19 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Registration rates are $810 for youths (double occupancy room) and $1,300 for adults (single occupancy room). Registration closes at 8 p.m. ET on March 8.   

Download the Registration Form ahead of time to collect needed information before registering your delegation online.  

All registered adult chaperones must attend an online chaperone orientation on Wednesday, March 22, at 4 p.m. ET. 

Policies

National 4-H Conference is administered by the USDA-NIFA in cooperation with S. Stewart and Associates, Inc. S. Stewart and Associates, Inc. handles registration, payment policies, hotel reservations, cancelation penalty deadlines, transportation, and other logistics. Please email Susan Stewart and Ged Matthews if you have questions.  

The National 4-H Conference Guidebook for 1862, 1890 and 1994 Staff and Volunteers was developed by USDA-NIFA to help adult chaperones and volunteers understand their role in Conference. For questions contact National4-HConference@usda.gov

Accessibility Requests

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Annie Ceccarini, National Program Leader, at annie.ceccarini@usda.gov no later than 14 days prior to the event. Language access services, such as interpretation or translation of vital information, will be provided free of charge to limited English proficient individuals upon request. If you need interpretation or translation services, please visit NIFA language services or contact Lois Tuttle, Equal Opportunity Specialist, at Lois.Tuttle@usda.gov or (443) 386-9488 no later than 14 days prior to the event.

Virtual Participation

The National 4-H Conference offers two programming formats – in-person and online – that empower attendees to learn, discover and connect. Make the most of your experience by understanding which of these formats will work best for you. In-person attendees will get the full experience of keynotes, assemblies, Youth Career Fair, meet ups, roundtables, presentations, community service, federal agency visits and tours in Washington, D.C. Virtual attendees will participate in roundtables, career panels and select assemblies. Email National4-HConference@usda.gov, subject line “Virtual National 4-H Conference,” if interested in the virtual option.  

Scholarships

We are pleased to offer financial assistance to 4-H youth and adult chaperones to maximize who otherwise would not be able to attend Conference. For more information, email Maurice Smith and Christopher Petty at National4-HConference@usda.gov, subject line “National 4-H Conference Scholarship Program”.  

Peer Leadership Model

A key component of National 4-H Conference is amplifying youth voice. One way we do this is through a peer leadership model. The Youth Leadership Team (YLT) is made up of six high school students and two adult advisors. They are assembled to provide youth voice in conference planning and implementation. 

Youth Leadership Team Adult Advisors
Tiffany Franklin, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Morgan Beaty, University of Tennessee Extension 

The Collegiate Facilitator Team is made up of 20 college students and two adult advisors. This group is assembled to host and facilitate youth roundtable groups. 

Collegiate Facilitator Adult Advisors 
Earl McAlexander, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Brian Luckey, University of Nevada, Reno Extension

Lead Collegiate Facilitator 
Cade Duran, Montana State University

Information Session

Missed the National 4-H Conference Information Session in December 2022? Watch the recording below. The PowerPoint slides can be found on the National 4-H Conference Resources.  

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