The AFHE Convention is a two-day event primarily geared toward encouraging and equipping parents teaching their children at home … informative and inspiring workshops, an exhibit hall filled with quality curriculum and resources, and more!

In addition to the teen program we host each year, we are offering a brand-new children’s program this year. We have included information about both programs below for you. We pray that the addition of a children’s program is a blessing to our community.

Seating is limited for both the children’s program and teen program and we encourage you to register your family early.


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


Although we are not staffed to assist students who need special assistance, we would invite a parent, older sibling, or aide to attend the Children’s Program or Teen Program with a student who needs assistance in order to participate.

Please email us at in advance to discuss any special circumstances that may impact a student’s ability to participate in the Children’s Program or Teen Program.


Registration for both the Children’s Program and Teen Program

  • is on a first-come, first-served basis
  • includes convention admission
  • must accompany family registration (parent must be registered and on-site)
  • is non-refundable

What if my child or teen is signed up and cannot attend?

We may permit the transfer of a Children’s Program or Teen Program registration to another student if you notify AFHE by June 20. Please email if you’ve registered your student for the Children’s Program or Teen Program and you discover by June 20 that they are unable to attend. No refunds will be issued.

NOTE: The option to transfer only applies to Children’s Program or Teen Program. General youth admission is non-refundable and non-transferable.


A signed liability waiver must be completed by the parent and on file with AFHE for all students participating in the Children’s Program and the Teen Program at this year’s AFHE Convention.

Turn in the signed liability waiver at check-in. No student will be admitted to either program without a signed liability waiver on file.



Children’s Program

6-11 year olds participating in the Children’s Program will be checked in and out of the classroom by AFHE team members. Parent must provide a cell phone and must remain on-site in the PCC South Building throughout the Children’s Program hours.

Bathroom policy to be made available prior to Convention.

Teen Program

12-18 year olds participating in the Teen Program will be checked in to collect liability waivers. Teens will be able to come and go on their own from the Teen Program, whether it’s to use the restroom or to meet up with their parents.



Children under age 12 must remain with an adult at all times. Children are not permitted to run around hallways or in the exhibit hall, etc. and should not be a disruption to other attendees.

If space is available and a child is able to sit quietly, they may attend a workshop with you. However, preference will be given to adults for seats in workshop rooms. If the workshop room is full, please have your child sit on your lap on on the floor at your feet to give an adult their seat.


Teens are able to spend time in the exhibit hall provided they are not running around, loud, disruptive, or a bother to other attendees.

Teens are able to attend workshops as long as space permits. Preference will be given to adults for seats in workshop rooms.


Special thanks to Huntington University for their generous sponsorship of the 2018 AFHE Teen Program!

Please complete a liability waiver for all of your children and teens registered for the Children’s Program or Teen Program at this year’s AFHE Convention. Bring it with you and turn in at the Children’s Program check-in table. We will have extra copies available on-site as well.

Children’s Program

Schedule Overview

Choose Friday only, Saturday only, or both days (as space permits)

8:30 – 11:45 AM

Friday, July 13

8:30 – 11:45 AM

 Saturday, July 14

Teen Program

Schedule Overview

Teen Program registration includes both days. Teens can attend one day or both.

1:30 – 5:30 PM

Friday, July 13

1:30 – 4:15 PM

 Saturday, July 14

Make-and-Take Workshop for Teens – Optional Add-on 

Drawing with Charcoal – SOLD OUT

Saturday 10:30-11:30 AM
$10 fee – Advance registration required

Drawing with Charcoal Details

Drawing with Charcoal

Taught by Jen Droske

$10 fee – Advance registration required – Limited seating
12-18 year olds ONLY
Saturday, 10:30-11:30 AM

Students ages 12-18, spend this hour exploring the medium of charcoal and learn some new drawing techniques. This workshop is for both the experienced and those not-so-sure about art. You don’t need great skills, only a willingness to try something new. Jen Droske, art instructor,  will show you how edge and outline work together, the advantages of starting with a neutral ground, and how a cotton ball can be your best friend when working in charcoal. You’ll also discover the role of the kneaded eraser and what those crazy paper sticks are for.

IMPORTANT: This class is only open to homeschooled students ages 12-18. No adults, younger siblings, or additional people will be permitted in the classroom due to space limitations. Must be a minimum of 12 years old and no older than 18 at the time of the AFHE Convention. Convention registration is required to sign up for this add-on class.

Connected Teens, Connected Families

A workshop for parents and teens

Saturday 9:00-10:00 AM | Room 161-162

Connected Teens, Connected Families - Workshop Description

Connected Teens, Connected Families

Taught by Leah Nieman

A workshop for parents and teens to attend together
Saturday, 9:00-10:00 AM
No advance registration required – Open seating

Teens are welcome to attend any adult workshops that have seats available. The following workshop is geared for parents and teens to attend together. Leah Nieman will discuss the most popular social media platforms available for teens. She’ll cover basic social media principles for teens and their families, and she’ll go over how to set up and use a variety of social media platforms and cover safety issues. This is a fun and engaging session for the family!

In this teens only program, students will work alongside CYT Phoenix staff and student ambassadors to explore the performing arts. Students will participate in hands-on, theatre-based games and activities that focus on developing character, and ultimately, their walk with God. Students will come away having been encouraged to use skills such as team work, creativity, self-esteem, confidence, diligence, and commitment through their exploration of acting, improvisation, dance, and music, as well as technical aspects such as props, set design, and costumes.

The CYT staff is committed to providing an exciting and wholesome environment for teens to grow in these areas, and have fun with other like-minded teens. Come join the fun!


The Teen Program at the AFHE Convention is open to homeschooled students ages 12-18. Must be at least 12 years old by July 1, 2018 and not older than 18 by July 14, 2018.


$20 per student includes this two-day program. Teens may attend one day or both.

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.

*Does not include make-and-take workshops.


Visit the Convention REGISTRATION page to register your family before June 20. 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.

Max Number of Students - Teen Program

The Teen Program has a cap of 350 students ages 12-18 that can register.

In this program designed specifically for kids ages 6-11, students will work together to participate in theatre-based games and activities that develop character and encourage team work, self-esteem, confidence, and creativity. Led by CYT Phoenix staff and student counselors, children will explore all aspects of the performing arts. Through play-based activities, they will learn performance based skills including acting, improvisation, dance, and music as well as discover the technical aspects theatre such as props, costuming, and more.

CYT is dedicated to providing a fun, safe, and wholesome environment in which participating students are able to explore and grow in skills that they can carry with them wherever they go. It’ll be a weekend packed with CYT fun!


The Children’s Program at the AFHE Convention is open to homeschooled students ages 6-11. Must be at least 6 years old by July 1, 2018 and not older than 11 by July 14, 2018.


The registration fee for the Children’s Program is $25 per child per day. You have the option to sign your child up for one day or both, as space permits.


A light snack of mini pretzels and water will be served each morning during the Children’s Program. If your child has special dietary restrictions, you may send a small snack with your child that meets their needs.

Max Number of Students - Children's Program

The Children’s Program has a cap of 150 students per day ages 6-11 that can register.

150 Friday and 150 Saturday maximum.

There will a student to leader ratio of approximately 10:1

CYT Phoenix (Christian Youth Theater) is an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) specializing in performing arts education. CYT is the largest youth theater program in the nation with programs across the country. As an affiliate of a national youth theater company, CYT Phoenix is dedicated to developing character in children and adults through training in the arts and by producing wholesome family entertainment, all of which reflect Judeo-Christian values. The CYT Phoenix staff is thrilled to bring children’s and teen’s programming to the AFHE Homeschool Convention this summer!


Bios for core staff members who will be on-site running this year’s AFHE Convention Children’s Program and Teen Program are below.


Haley Gadbery, Managing Director, is a homeschool graduate who went on to Grand Canyon University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Entrepreneurial Studies and minored in Dance Education. She has been involved in the performing arts for almost 20 years as both a student, teacher, and choreographer. She currently manages the day to day operations of CYT Phoenix and teaches dance in the East Valley.


Isaac Wesley Wilson, Class and Camp Coordinator, was born and raised in Arizona where he began his dance and performance training. He joined a performance and education-based group in California called The Young Americans where he had the opportunity to work with troubled youth, perform with Tony Award Winning stars, and take part in a teaching and performing tour in Germany. He has been performing professionally for years in the Phoenix area as well as nationally. He loves the performing arts, and is excited to be working with the great kids at CYT!


Dexter Tuten, Show Coordinator and CYT Teacher, is a CYT alumnus, having participated in CYT classes and shows while in High School, and has worked as Stage Manager for many CYT Phoenix main-stage productions. He has also served as a substitute musical theater teacher. Dexter is now on staff at CYT Phoenix as Show Coordinator and continues to serve as Stage Manager and Teacher.


Stephanie Carpenter, Artistic Director, has been with CYT Phoenix since 2010 when her children became involved in the program. Over the next seven seasons she worked on almost every facet of the program–from publicity and marketing to backstage and production design before becoming Artistic Director. She has three children with her husband of over 20 years and the whole family is involved in CYT. She has a BFA in graphic design and professional experience in both 2-D and 3-D design. As a CYT Mom, she has a heart for the families that are the center of everything CYT does. As an artist, she has a passion for excellence in all of CYT Phoenix’s creative endeavors.