University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

4-H Issues Conference

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I've Got Issues! 

What about you?

Nov. 21-24, 2013

4-H Clover

Do you want to:

  • Learn how you can make a difference in your community?
  • Gain valuable skills and information on forming youth adult partnerships that address important issues?
  • Make friends, have fun and take part in an outstanding learning and living experience?

What is 4-H Issues Conference?

The Kentucky 4-H Issues Conference  is a four-day gathering of top student leaders from across the Commonwealth. The conference is held annually during the fall. It is open to high school students (preference is given to those in 10th & 11th grades) who display leadership potential and who will make a commitment to implement what they learn back home.  While at the conference, delegates participate in a mock process where they identify an important community issue, develop a plan and process for addressing the issues and present their proposal for grant money in front of a fiscal court.  While the money and court are fiction, the problems are real!  Delegates recieve valuable skill development in how to make a difference in their community!

Photos from the 2013 4-H Issues Conference!



What do we do at 4-H Issues Conference?

While at the Kentucky 4-H Issues Conference, you will break out into action groups related to important issues that impact every community.  These are diverse and range from topics such as Environmentalism to Teen Stress!  In these groups, you will learn how to identify key assets and liablities in the community, formulate a plan to address issues of concern and develop a presentation requesting (imaginary!) funding from a fiscal court.  It's not all work, however!  Once this is finished you will have a chance to take part in the talent/variety show, enjoy the Saturday evening dance and relax during the recreate time. 


CONTINUING FOR 2013!  We again have an opportunity for past Issues Conference participants to take part in a "level 2" conference at the same place and time!  If you are committed to making a difference, contact your 4-H agent for more information or email Mark Mains, State Specialist!


Where is 4-H Issues Conference Held?

Delegates at 4-H Issues Conference stay at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Center which is a lodge like setting on beautiful Lake Cumberland.  Delegates stay in lodge style rooms with 3-4 beds and private bathrooms.  All meals on-site are provided in the cost of the registration fee.


How do I sign up?

Contact your county 4-H agent for more information.  You do not need to be a current 4-H member to take part in this program.  You can find the contact information for your agents at this link.


Grant Opportunities

Each year, the Kentucky 4-H Foundation provides several $500 grants to support the efforts of 4-H Issues Conference attendees in making a difference in their communities.  These grants are usually do in January and are only available to those youth who attended the Issues conference the previous November.  Please contact your 4-H agent for more information.  The grant forms are:


Planning Committee Opportunities

Issues conference delegates who attended the 2013 Issues Conference (either as Issues I or Issues II delegates) are eligible to apply for one of the committee member positions.  The requested paperwork is listed below.  ALL meetings should be attended so please make sure you are willing to make this committment before completing an application.


4-H Issues Conference Picture - Cafeteria Enjoy delicious meals at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Center!
These are just a few of the many "action groups" in which you participate at 4-H Issues Conference!