National 4-H Council hosts inaugural national youth summit series

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Monday, December 2, 2013

National 4-H Council and its National 4-H Youth Conference Center will host a series of educational youth summits to engage youth and introduce and advance their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and healthy living programs. The events will take place at National 4-H Youth Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 in early 2014.

The National Youth Summit Series will attract high school students in grades 9 through 12 from across the country to participate in workshops and advance their skills and knowledge in robotics, agri-science, and health and fitness. Each event will provide an opportunity for a team of students, accompanied by an adult mentor or chaperone, to learn skills, participate in hands-on learning sessions and develop action plans to effect change in their community.

“4-H is excited to present such an impactful education series to engage youth,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “Through hands-on workshops and interactive sessions, students will be given the opportunity to learn from agri-science, robotics and healthy living field professionals.”

The STEM and healthy living conferences will provide a training ground for students to join together and create action plans to solve the problems facing their communities. After participating in the events, students will return to their communities and reteach the material to members of their community.

The first National Youth Summit Series on Geospatial Technologies took place in September where students explored technology related to geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS). Through the Samsung Summer Science Program which provides summer learning experiences for school-aged students in science, technology, engineering and math at colleges throughout the U.S., 127 underserved youth from the Washington, D.C. metro area were able to attend the summit.

Following are the dates of the National Youth Summit Series:

January 9 - 12, 2014 Healthy Living

January 16 - 20, 2014 Agri-Science (Sponsored by Merck)

February 13 - 17, 2014 Robotics

For more information on sponsorship and registration, visit

About National 4-H Youth Conference Center

National 4-H Youth Conference Center is Washington, D.C.’s premier youth hotel and conference center, just minutes from D.C.’s museums and historic sites. Designed as a center for youth development, National 4-H Youth Conference Center first opened its doors in 1959. Since then, the conference center has continuously expanded and now features hotel rooms for 800+ guests, flexible meeting space and a café with an all-you-can-eat dining buffet. Perfect for groups visiting or planning a Washington, D.C. event, the hotel is a rare gem situated on 12 beautiful acres in the upscale neighborhood of Chevy Chase, Maryland. National 4-H Youth Conference Center welcomes youth and leadership groups for overnight accommodations, meetings, events and Washington, D.C. tours. For more information, visit

About 4-H

4-H is a community of seven million young people around the world learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In the United States, 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension through more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, 4-H programs operate through independent, country-led organizations in more than 50 countries. Learn more about 4-H at