Christian Teen Program

for homeschooled students ages 12-18 at the AFHE Convention

Homeschooled students age 12-18 are invited to participate in the 2017 AFHE Convention Teen Program. Attendance is limited to the first 500 teens that register.

Although ESA contract students being taught at home are not classified as homeschooled students by law, AFHE invites these students to participate in the Teen Program as well. e.


Visit the Convention REGISTRATION page to register your family before June 16. At-the-door registrations for the Teen Program will be accepted provided space is available.

Teens participating in the Teen Program must be registered with their parents for the AFHE 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.


$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.

Teen Program registration fee includes admission to the exhibit hall and other workshops. 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.


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.


We are often asked if parents can sit in on the Teen Program workshops. This is allowed provided space permits. Teen Program participants have first priority to seating in this room. Parents wishing to attend one of these sessions must wait until the teens are seated to determine if there is a chair available. Parents are welcome to stand along the side or back wall provided the aisles are not blocked for safety reasons and fire marshal requirements.


Teens are encouraged to attend “Restoring America’s Constitution” in the Ballroom taught by Rick Green and Family, if they’d like. There is no Teen Program session scheduled in Room 164-166 during this hour.

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.

Special Thanks to 
Huntington University


Teen Program Descriptions

We have three exciting speakers during this year’s Christian Teen Program. Below you’ll find details about each speaker and the workshops they will be teaching. For a printout of the Teen Program workshop descriptions, visit the Convention Speakers page. Teen Program workshops can be found at the end of the 2017 Convention Workshop Descriptions document.

Friday, July 7, 2017

10:30 – 11:30 AM
American … So What?
Rick Green and Family

Friday 10:30-11:30 AM

American … So What?

Speaker: Rick Green and Family

Why is the American value system any better than any other? Have Americans been fooling themselves with delusions of grandeur? Or is there actually something different, something special, about being an American? If so, what is it and what is the duty of each citizen to preserve it during their generation?

1:30 – 2:30 PM
The Hunters and the Hunted
Mike Snavely

Friday 1:30 - 2:30 PM

The Hunters and the Hunted

Speaker: Mike Snavely

Using visual illustrations, this session shows how life only displays design, order, and beauty not lucky accident and chance. We cover three aspects of the natural world the evolutionist cannot explain, including amazing design, incredible instinct, and the general relative sizes of creatures compared to each other. This is a fun session designed for all ages?

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Lost Secrets of the Ancient Civilizations
Mike Snavely

Friday 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Lost Secrets of the Ancient Civilizations

Speaker: Mike Snavely


Strange carvings. Impossible accomplishments. Baffling ancient maps. Strange machines. Mysteries from the past. How could ancient man do that? Can we learn anything? How does this apply to us? With fascinating illustrations, this session contrasts the evolution model with the creation model from a historic standpoint through a look at what many ancient cultures were able to accomplish. These accomplishments baffle us even today! How did ancient man do these things? This session contrasts some of these civilizations to our own and has a personal application.

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Aunt Lucy?
Mike Snavely

Friday 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Aunt Lucy?

Speaker: Mike Snavely

Were there really ape-men? What evidence is there that humans evolved from ape-like creatures? As it turns out, not much! In fact, the “evidence” is stunningly sparse, being limited to a few fossilized bones. However, many of these are either fakes, or greatly misinterpreted and exaggerated. This session uses humor as it exposes much of this. To conclude, we show mathematically and geographically why the apes-to-man scenario is quite impossible!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
You Can Make a Difference
Will Estrada

Saturday 11:00 AM - Noon

You Can Make a Difference!

Speaker: Will Estrada

In a talk that is applicable to all ages and all backgrounds, Will uses biblical and historical stories, as well as personal anecdotes, to inspire audiences to make a difference in their communities and in our world. Instead of looking around and seeing a world that drives us to despair, Will encourages audiences to rise above and be the change that we need in society. Will discusses spiritual, social, and community ways for all of us to make a difference for good in our spheres of influence.


2:00 – 3:00 PM
The Horror of the Flood
Mike Snavely

Saturday 2:00 - 3:00 PM

The Horror of the Flood

Speaker: Mike Snavely

What is the evidence for a global flood? Where did the water come from? Where did it go? How did the flood happen? Does it affect the earth today? What about the ark? Could you explain where the water for a world-wide flood would have come from, and where it all went afterward?! Many Christians can’t answer questions like these. Understanding the flood (the purpose, causes, aftermath and evidence) is very important to an understanding of a biblically sound creation model. This session covers the basics of this event, and also includes a video & PowerPoint presentation of the Hydroplate Theory, a biblically accurate and scientifically feasible portrayal of the flood even.


3:30 – 4:30 PM
The Mystery of the Dinosaurs
Mike Snavely

Saturday 3:30 - 4:30 PM

The Mystery of the Dinosaurs

Speaker: Mike Snavely

There is a biblical alternative to the standard explanation for these creatures. This session answers the basic questions on the subject: What were they? When did they live? What really happened to them? Does the Bible talk about them?


Teen Program Speaker Bios

Rick Green Family

Rick Green  |  Patriot Academy

Rick Green and his family bring history to life as they empower other families to live their freedom and restore the bedrock principles of American Exceptionalism. Rick is an attorney, author, former Texas Legislator, host of David Barton’s WallBuilders Live! radio program, founder of Patriot Academy (elite training for our nation’s future leaders), and creator of the television series Chasing American Legends. Rick and Kara have homeschooled for 16 years. Their oldest graduated college at 17 with a B.S. in Economics from Liberty University. Rick and Kara believe no impact is more important than that which we have on our own children and grandchildren.

Mike Snavely

Mission Imperative!

Mike Snavely, the son of missionaries, was reared in South Africa. He and his wife, Carrie, were also missionaries there and home educated their three children. In 1995, Mike founded Mission Imperative, a creation-oriented ministry. He authored the curriculum Creation or Evolution and has produced many DVDs. An inductee into the Creation Science Hall of Fame, his prime ministry is speaking and he has produced many seminars related to biblical origins. The Snavelys also host two fascinating excursions. The Southwest Safari is a 10-day, flood-oriented trip to the Utah/Arizona region, while the African Wildlife Safari is a 16-day creation-oriented tour to South Africa.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Will Estrada

Will Estrada

Will Estrada, a homeschool graduate from Pennsylvania, began working for HSLDA in 2004 as a legal assistant. He now directs the Federal Relations department and is HSLDA’s federal lobbyist, using his passion for homeschooling to influence Congress, the White House, and federal departments. From 2007 to 2012, Will served as the director of Generation Joshua, working nationwide with young people who are making a difference in their communities and our nation through politics. Recently, Will served on the Transition Team for President Donald J. Trump as an adviser on education policy issues that affect homeschool freedom. Will and his wife Rachel, who is a homeschool graduate and professional artist, live in northern Virginia with their son Dominic.

Register your teens with your 2017 AFHE Convention Registration

Just $20 per youth for this engaging 2-day program!