Christian Teen Program


Homeschooled students age 12-18 are invited to participate in the 2016 AFHE Convention Teen Program. Attendance is limited to the first 500 teens that register.
Visit the Convention REGISTRATION page for more information and to register your family before June 25. At-the-door registrations for the Teen Program will be accepted provided space is available.

Teens participating in the Teen Program must register with their parents for the convention or have another adult that will be on-site during the convention who will be responsible for each teen. The Phoenix Convention Center is a public building in Downtown Phoenix. Parents or a designated adult are responsible for the well-being and safety of their children and teens during the convention, not the AFHE Board of Directors, Convention Committee, convention volunteers, teen program presenters.
NOTE:Teen Program participants do not need to pay the $10 child/teen admission fee on top of their $20 registration.

Although we are not staffed to assist students who need special assistance, we would invite a parent, older sibling, or aide to attend the teen program with a student who needs assistance. Please email us at to discuss any special circumstances that may impact a student’s ability to participate in the teen program. The teen program is primarily lecture style.

$20 per student includes this two-day program along with admission to any of the workshops during the convention and admission to the exhibit hall.

Name Badges
Students registered for the Teen Program will have special name badges that must be worn at all times, and may not be shared or transferred to others.

This year’s Teen Program is being sponsored by Trine University and International Baptist College and Seminary. We are grateful for their support and participation. Each of these sponsors will be giving a 4-minute presentation at the start of one of the Teen Program sessions during the 2016 AFHE Convention.

Teen Program Description

We have three exciting segments during this year’s Teen Program. Below you’ll find details about each segment. The Teen Program will take place in room 164-166 at the Phoenix Convention Center, South Building.

Taught by Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History

Friday, July 15
11:00 AM – Noon
Unleashing the Power of World History!
Have you been shackled by world history studies that were boring, irrelevant, depressing, or secular? It need not be!  Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for ideas on unleashing the power of world history through inspiring stories of triumph and tragedy from the New Testament to present day and beyond.  (Spoiler alert: In the end, God wins!)

Friday, July 15
1:30 – 2:30 PM
What Teens Should Know about WWI
From trenches and truces on the Western Front to famous flying aces in the sky, let Linda Lacour Hobar walk you through a multi-faceted visual presentation of what tweens and teens should know about World War I.

Friday, July 15
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Bad Boys of the 20th Century!
Who are the worst of the worst dictators of the 20th century? Opinions may vary, but we will learn about the chilling rise to power of Vladimir Lenin, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler. No previous knowledge needed to consider what should be learned from history – and avoided – as our world capitulates on the brink of World War III!

Linda Lacour Hobar

Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, is a passionate follower of Christ, a genuine people-person, and a fan of comfortable high heels. Through homeschooling and missionary service, she discovered a deep love for world history and a clear call to write. In its 13th year of worldwide circulation, The Mystery of History has been well received by all ages for its warmth and readability. A native-born Texan, Linda holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, where she first fell in love with world history. She resides in Tennessee where she continues to obsess over matters big and small.

What Does Homeschooling Mean to YOU?

Saturday, July 16, 11:00 AM – Noon
What Does Homeschooling Mean to YOU?
As a homeschooled teen you probably have some helpful insights and opinions about your home education experience. There are many reasons that parents choose to homeschool and many benefits to this model of education. This session will encourage students to think more deeply about why homeschooling is the choice your parents have made for your education and help you better understand the incredible value of homeschooling as an education model.

Hal and Melanie Young

Hal & Melanie Young are the award-winning authors of Raising Real Men and My Beloved and My Friend: How to Be Married to Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses. They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and popular conference speakers internationally, known for their Christ-centered focus and practical, real-life stories. They are the parents of six real boys (four grown!) and two real girls and live in noisy, messy happiness in North Carolina.

Join speakers Steve & Sharon Rodriguez and a host of MoezArt Productions’ talented actors for an afternoon of instruction, entertainment, and inspiration. Explore the use of the arts, speaking, comedy, and drama to effectively engage the world.

Saturday, July 16
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Make ‘Em Laugh: Improvisation and Comedy
Consider the power of laughter to break down walls and open people up. Laughter is a gift from God but so often people look for laughs in all the wrong places. Learn how to make people laugh in a way that is both Christ-honoring and down-right hysterical.

Saturday, July 16
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Going Solo:
Public Speaking and Monologues
Public speaking may be the #1 fear of Americans, but it can be a powerful tool. Personal performances can provide opportunities to relate, inform, educate, and inspire. Learn to utilize the dramatic arts in speaking.

Saturday, July 16
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Drama for Impact:
Engage the World for Christ
Across all mediums nothing speaks to us like the struggles and triumphs that make us all human. Experience thought-provoking performances meant to challenge our thinking and change our hearts through God’s truth.

Steve & Sharon Rodriguez

Steve and Sharon Rodriguez manage MoezArt Productions, a Christian Theatre Arts Education company. Prior to becoming the President of MoezArt, Steve was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for 14 years with the André Kole Ministry. He is also an accomplished illusionist with a passion for evangelism. Sharon founded MoezArt in 2000 with her sister to give students opportunities to develop their God-given gifts. She is currently the Artistic Director and homeschool mom to three little boys. What started as one class with 16 students has now grown into 7 groups, 16 instructors, 21 interns, and 350 students valley-wide. Steven and Sharon have found no greater privilege than being involved with the homeschool community in Phoenix and are excited to see how God is going to use MoezArt in the future.

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