Youth DRIVE the State Leadership Conference

Aug 10, 2017

Youth DRIVE the State Leadership Conference

Aug 10, 2017
Logo for 2017 SLC - Drive-Find your place on the map

Over 200 youth participants attended State Leadership Conference (SLC) on July 20-23 at UC Davis. The SLC Planning Committee came up with the theme, "DRIVE-Find your place on the map." The focus of the conference was on finding what is important to you, making a plan and getting there.

Alumni join the Opening Kickoff

The 4-H Foundation invited alumni and friends to an Alumni and Friends Nite Out just before the start of SLC. After an early dinner at a nearby restaurant, they joined the youth delegates at the Opening Kickoff. Socializing and networking between youth and alumni was a highlight for both sides!

Alumni & Friends Nite Out

Alumni & Friends Nite Out


Alumni and Friends at dinner before SLC

Keynote Speaker: Houston Kraft

Houston gave a dynamic presentation on "Making Kindness Normal" to our young leaders. Houston is a professional speaker, leadership consultant, and kindness advocate who speaks to middle schools, high schools, colleges, and businesses across the country. He has spoken to nearly a half a million people nationwide at nearly 500 events and counting. He believes that real change comes through more than just motivation, so he has created tools like CharacterStrong and conversations like the Choose Love Movement to make sure that his work isn't just about good feelings or a positive message - it's about making real, practical, sustainable change. 

Covering topics ranging from Mindfulness to Bullying Prevention

Participants attended assemblies, workshops, and recreational events while networking with 4-H'ers from all across California. Workshops covered topics like mindfulness, robotics, bullying prevention and more. All of the workshops and activities were planned entirely by youth volunteers on the SLC Planning Team. 

Daily Newscasts

The Education Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC) summarized each day's events with their "newscasts":

For more photos and to see video highlights of the event, see the SLC event page.


Planning for SLC in 2018 is starting!

Interested in having a part in planning SLC? Apply for the 2018 SLC Planning Team! Applications are open now - apply by September 29th. For more information check the SLC Planning Team page.


By Suzanne Morikawa
Author - YFC Marketing and Communications Specialist