Free Mini-Conference

New to homeschooling? Considering homeschooling? Join us Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 2:30-5:30 PM for a free pre-convention mini-conference with three workshops selected especially for you. Free of charge and no registration required to attend the "Considering Homeschooling" mini-conference. There will be two additional ticketed tracks available Thursday at the same time - one on homeschooling high school and one for homeschooling children with special needs. $10 per person.
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Workshops

Each year, we invite a fantastic line-up of speakers to teach workshops on a wide variety of topics from encouragement and vision to practical, how-to workshops, new homeschoolers, high school, special needs, and so much more! Our 2016 Keynote Speakers are Zan Tyler and J. Michael Smith. We are pleased to announce there will be a high school track, a special needs track, and an early education track ... 8 sessions on each topic. Plus a variety of workshops covering many other topics!
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Exhibit Hall

Exhibitors are a key part of our convention and we encourage you to plan time to visit the exhibit hall at the Arizona Home Education Convention Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 2016. With over 200 booths in more than 80,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, you will find an array of some of the finest homeschool resources. We are bringing back the Buy It Here! program to encourage on-site shopping from our vendors. A number of cash prizes will be given away along with numerous donated items from our exhibitors. See it here, buy it here, keep 'em here!
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CONVENTION FAQ

Be sure to read through the CONVENTION FAQ page to get answers to the most commonly asked questions about our conference.

SCHEDULE

Daily schedule Friday and Saturday unless otherwise noted:

8:00 am
Registration Opens
8:45 am
Worship in Ballroom
9:00 - 10:30 am
Keynote Session
10 am - 6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Hours
11 am - Noon
Workshops
Noon - 1:30 pm
Lunch Break
12:15 - 1:15 pm
Sponsor Workshops
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Workshops
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Workshops
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Workshops
7:00-9:00 Friday
Ladies' Night Out Event
6:40 pm Saturday
Prize Drawing

ARTICLES

 

CONTACT US

CONVENTION - GENERAL QUESTIONS
convention@afhe.org

CONVENTION - EXHIBITORS
vendors@afhe.org

CONVENTION - YOUNG ENTREPENEURS
vendors@afhe.org

CONVENTION - VOLUNTEERS
volunteers@afhe.org

CONVENTION PROGRAM ADVERTISING
convention@afhe.org

 

SPEAKER INQUIRIES

Speaking at the AFHE Convention is by invitation only. Speakers at the AFHE Convention are carefully selected who fit AFHE's philosophy, vision, and mission, and do not conflict with the AFHE Board of Directors' biblical worldview.

As part of the speaker selection process, we will review speaker packets that are sent to us. Speaker packets are reviewed in August for the following year's convention and selections are finalized in the fall.

Speaker packets should include biographical information, workshop titles and descriptions, and a recording or two of the speaker teaching for our review. If we are interested in having you speak, we would contact you in October or November.

AFHE Convention
Attn: Speaker Coordinator
P.O. Box 2035
Chandler, AZ 85244-2035

Email: convention@afhe.org

33RD ANNUAL ARIZONA
HOME EDUCATION CONVENTION

Make plans to join us for AFHE’s 33rd annual Arizona Home Education Convention ... the largest gathering of homeschoolers in Arizona!

Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center
, South Building
33 S. 3rd Street
, Phoenix, AZ 85004


See map at the bottom of this page.


SAMARITAN MINISTRIES: GRAND CANYON LEVEL SPONSOR

Sick of health insurance? Join more than 61,000 households sharing over $17 million in medical needs monthly - one household to another. Experience the blessing of Christian community as members pray for those in need, bearing one another's burdens both physically and spiritually. Visit booth #808 to learn more. Samaritan Ministries will also have a table at the "Considering Homeschooling" Mini-Conference Thursday, July 14, 2:30-5:30 PM.

Learn more about all of this year's AFHE Convention sponsors

 

PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

Enjoy and share this short AFHE Convention promo video, highlighting this very special gathering of homeschooling families in Arizona! [Produced by Yox Film Co.]

 

AFHE members will have the opportunity to pre-register for the convention at a discounted admission rate. Current AFHE membership is required to participate in the early registration discount.

PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 25, 2016

Register early and save!
REGISTRATION


THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2:30-5:30 PM
CONSIDERING HOMESCHOOLING
FREE MINI-CONFERENCE

FREE MINI-CONFERENCE DETAILS

ADD-ON TICKETED SEMINARS THURSDAY

At the same time the free "Considering Homeschooling" Mini-Conference is taking place, there are two additional tracks to choose from in 2016 ... a high school track and a special needs track. The additional track options do require registration and are $10 per person. DETAILS


JOIN THE CONVENTION FACEBOOK GROUP

Join us in the AFHE Convention Facebook group where we are sharing information, quotes from speakers, speaker highlights, exhibitor highlights, and much more! Speakers and exhibitors will be interacting with us on our AFHE Convention Facebook page as we get closer to the convention as well.

www.facebook.com/groups/AFHEconvention

NAME BADGES

Your name badge is your admission to all areas of the convention and must be worn at all times while at the AFHE Convention. Name badges may not be shared or transferred to someone else. First and last names are required on all name badges.

NAME BADGES WILL NOT BE MAILED OUT

For those who participate in early registration, your name badges will be available for pick-up on-site at the Pre-Registration Table in the South Lobby of the Phoenix Convention Center. Those who register at the door will be issued a name badge at on-site registration.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Discount rates are available at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, just a short two-block walk from the Convention Center South Building. To receive the group rate, make your RESERVATION ONLINE or mention Arizona Families for Home Education when making your reservation by phone. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is available for an additional charge. Reservations must be made no later than Wednesday, June 29. Rooms are limited. Parking is not included and costs $19 per 24-hour period for overnight self-parking with in-out privileges. Valet parking is $28. Check-in time is 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 PM.

The Hyatt is offering a 25% discount on self-parking at the Regency Garage for AFHE Convention attendees registered at the Hyatt with our group rate booking. In addition, the Hyatt is providing one complimentary wireless Internet connection per paid guestroom. And one added bonus, the room rate is the same for up to 4 people staying in the room. (No additional charge of $25 per person for the third and fourth guests in a room this year.)

2016 GROUP RATE

$99 plus taxes and any hotel service fees - up to quadruple occupancy (current tax rate 12.57%)

HYATT REGENCY PHOENIX

122 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix
888-421-1442
ONLINE RESERVATION LINK

 

FOOD / DINING OPTIONS

Food is available for purchase from on-site concessions during convention hours for your convenience. In addition, numerous fast food locations and restaurants are within walking distance. A map can be picked up at the Phoenix Convention Center information desk just inside the South Building main lobby entrance.

PCC’S FOOD POLICY: The Phoenix Convention Center does not allow convention attendees to bring in outside food unless they are individual meals. So, if you purchase food at a nearby fast food restaurant or you bring in your own sack lunch, you must have one sack/package/beverage per person. PCC will not allow families to bring in lunch orders for multiple people in one sack/package. Please, no family picnic baskets, ice chests, large pizzas, case water, etc.


PARKING

Parking is plentiful near the Phoenix Convention Center. Parking downtown costs approximately $10-$15 per day.

OVERSIZED VEHICLE PARKING
Oversized vehicles can be parked in several places:
1) City Garage on 5th street and Washington is very large and almost always has oversize spaces available.
2) Collier Center on Washington and 3rd street. They have just over 8’ clearance.
3) Jefferson Street garage if you enter on 4th street just north of Jefferson Street.
4.) You can park at any open lot like the one on 2nd street and Washington, directly across from Chase Field.

Downtown Phoenix Website

Visit www.downtownphoenix.com for an interactive map with parking, restaurants, and road construction updates.

DISCOUNT PARKING AT JEFFERSON STREET GARAGE

The Jefferson Street Garage has generously offered discount parking for AFHE Convention attendees again in 2016 for just $5 Friday and Saturday before noon and Thursday all day. (No in and out privileges.) No coupon or flier needed to get the $5 rate. This discount will be the posted rate Thursday and before noon Friday/Saturday.

 

2016 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The AFHE Convention offers a fantastic opportunity for exposure to new and veteran homeschooling families, allowing qualified businesses and organizations to showcase your products and services. Our Sponsors receive outstanding brand exposure and exclusive benefits before, during, and after the convention. Check out the numerous sponsorship levels in the 2016 packet. Contact sponsors@afhe.org with any questions. We are open to negotiating custom sponsorship packages as well. 2016 AFHE CONVENTION SPONSORSHIP PACKET (pdf)

 

EXHIBIT HALL ONLY PASS

We are offering an exhibit hall only pass again this year for those who have limited time and just want to come shop. The pass is $25 per adult and is good Saturday, July 16 from 3:30-6:30 PM only. Exhibit hall only passes may be purchased on-site starting at 3:15 PM Saturday. Passes may not be shared or transferred. AFHE membership is not required nor included with this option. Children and teens age 19 and younger who accompany an adult purchasing the exhibit hall only pass will be charged $10 admission each.

 

LADIES' NIGHT OUT

Ladies, invite your friends! An Evening of Real Refreshment is a fun and encouraging two-hour women's only event led by Rachael Carman and the Real Refreshment team, including Zan Tyler and Elizabeth Smith. This special evening is all about pouring back into moms so you are edified and strengthened for the important work of raising and educating your chlidren for the glory of God! Join us for an evening of fellowship, games, prizes, laughter, relaxation, prayer, and much, much more! Includes beverages and dessert.

LADIES' NIGHT OUT DETAILS AND TICKETS

 

PRE-CONVENTION TICKETED SEMINARS

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK - $10 PER PERSON

HSLDA High School Consultant, Carol Becker, and graduated homeschool mom and AFHE Convention speaker, Colene Lewis, will present a 3-hour mini-conference to encourage and equip you for homeschooling your teens. We'll wrap up with a Q&A panel discussion.

SPECIAL NEEDS TRACK - $10 PER PERSON

HSLDA Special Needs Consultants, Krisa Winn and Joyce Blankenship, will present a 3-hour mini-conference to encourage and equip you for homeschooling a child with special needs. We'll wrap up with a Special Needs Panel discussion.

CONVENTION EXTRAS - PRE-CONVENTION TICKETED SEMINARS

VIP CONVENTION EXPERIENCE

SPECIAL VIP CONVENTION EXPERIENCE

We have an outstanding, brand new opportunity for a couple of very special donors who have some discretionary income and a desire to support the work of AFHE all while enjoying a deluxe convention experience with exclusive benefits. This special offer has never been offered before!

Learn more about the Elite Convention Admission Package



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CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS

  • INSPIRATION, ENCOURAGEMENT, IDEAS, AND MORE!
  • WORKSHOPS ... A variety of excellent SPEAKERS & WORKSHOPS for veteran homeschoolers and parents new to homeschooling alike.
  • EXHIBIT HALL ... Come browse and shop the vast array of curricula and resource vendors in 80,000 square feet of exhibit hall space. See details on the EXHIBITORS page.
  • EXHIBITOR WORKSHOPS ... Workshops taught by exhibitors sharing information about their products or services. See EXHIBITORS page for workshop schedule and descriptions.
  • FIRST-TIME ATTENDEE DISCOUNT ... As a means to reach those who have never before registered for the AFHE convention, we are once again offering a first-time attendee discount admission for the first 500 who request a coupon code by April 30, 2016. See details on FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES page.
  • MENTORING MOMS BOOTH ... Experienced homeschooling moms available to answer question throughout the weekend. Located inside the exhibit hall entrance on the left.
  • COMMUNITY ... See old friends and make new ones. With over 5,000 people in attendance, you will definitely get a sense that you are not alone in this journey of home education!
  • GOODY BAG ... Each family will receive a goody bag filled with brochures, catalogs, and pamphlets from a wide variety of companies and services. (One per family while supplies last.)
  • HANDOUTS AVAILABLE ONLINE ... Download handouts for the workshops you plan to attend from the AFHE website after July 1 on the SPEAKERS page.
  • YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ... Homeschooled students and graduates ages 12-23 share their talents and creations in the exhibit hall. See YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS page for details.
  • FREE PRE-CONVENTION "CONSIDERING HOMESCHOOLING" MINI-CONFERENCE ... Those new to homeschooling are invited to this free mini-conference Thursday afternoon. See details on MINI-CONFERENCE page. Free of charge and no advance registration required.
  • TEEN PROGRAM ... Youth age 12-18 are invited to participate in a special two-day teen program. Limit: 500 registered teens. TEEN PROGRAM