Children and Teens

You are welcome to bring your children with you to the Convention and we love seeing families enjoy the weekend together. Many parents choose to arrange for childcare so they are able to come and glean as much as possible … treating it as a professional development or continuing education opportunity for themselves as parent educators. Whatever approach you take, we are blessed to have you join us.

We have some special opportunities for teens. Details below.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS & PARENTS

  • Creation & Exploration Station
    • This booth in the exhibit hall will have hands-on and sensory activities for kids to do with their parents.
    • Sponsored by Teaching and Learning Stuff and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix
  • All About Arizona Treasure Hunt
    • Following the treasure map you’ll receive at check-in, families will find puzzles to solve in various locations in the building with an All About Arizona theme. Self-guided, self-paced bonus fun during the AFHE Convention weekend. 
  • Family Movie Night – Friday
    • Sponsored by PureFlix, this free family-friendly movie will take place in the ballroom Friday evening at 7:00 PM. 
    • LEARN MORE – RSVP requested.
  • Family STEM Fair – Thursday
    • The day before the AFHE Convention, we are hosting an interactive STEM-focused event for the whole family.
    • LEARN MORE – Separate registration required.

Teen Program Sponsor

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

We are blessed to partner with a number of sponsors and appreciate how they help us to provide a quality event while keeping registration fees for attendees as affordable as possible. Be sure to stop by their booths in the exhibit hall and follow them on social media, too!

YOUTH ADMISSION
Teens and children (age 3 and up) will be charged an admission fee of $10 each. Infants (age 2 and under) are admitted free. A curtained mothers’ area will be available in the exhibit hall for nursing/feeding infants. Children under age 12 must remain with an adult at all times.

HOMESCHOOL GRADUATES
Unmarried homeschooled graduates that are attending college or still living at home may register for the convention at the $10 youth rate if they register with their parents. Married graduates or those living on their own can register separately and pay the adult admission fee.

SERVICE TEAM – TEENS AND GRADUATES
Older teens and homeschool graduates are invited to join the Service Team and volunteer for free admission. 
LEARN MORE

CHILDREN AND TEENS ATTENDING WORKSHOPS WITH THEIR PARENTS
Children and teens are welcome to sit in workshops with their parents if space is available and the children are not disruptive. Preference is given to adults for seats in a workshop room.

If a workshop room is full, we ask you to have your younger child sit on your lap, if possible. Since the convention is geared toward parent education and equipping, we want as many adults as possible to have the opportunity to sit in on a workshop. If your child is fussy/noisy, please step out of the workshop with them until they quiet. We are all parents and appreciate that children make noise, however we want to respect that many attendees have made childcare arrangements so they can get the most out of the weekend. In addition, the workshops are being recorded and we want to minimize noise in the rooms to get the best quality recordings.  

NO UNSUPERVISED CHILDREN
Children under age 12 must remain with a parent or adult at all times. Please do not let your children run around the exhibit hall, hallways, or other areas. No playing with toy weapons, balls, pocket knives, etc. please. The safety of all of our attendees is important. 

Christian Teen Program

Homeschooled students ages 12-18 are invited to participate in the 2019 AFHE Convention Christian Teen Program. This special faith-based two-day program is educational and fun! The Teen Program registration fee includes admission to the Convention. The Teen Program is a series of 8 workshops. Workshop descriptions can be found below. 

COST: $20 per student
MAX STUDENTS: 350

FRIDAY 10:30-11:30 AM - LIVE PASSIONATELY FOR GOD'S GLORY

Live Passionately for God’s Glory

Taught by Bob Sjogren, UnveilinGlory/Cat & Dog Theology

Have you been duped? Most Christians say, “I live for God” but act as though God lives for them. Sadly, many teens have absorbed this false message about God. It will hinder their faith as they become adults, and it even causes some to ditch God altogether. While your education is very important, your highest priority needs to be building a strong foundation on biblical truth. Learn how to recognize and conquer self-centered Christianity, become a passionate follower of your worthy Savior, and strengthen your faith for a lifetime!

FRIDAY 1:30-2:30 PM - COMMUNICATE FOR CHANGE PART 1

Communicate for Change: Props to Change

Taught by Dr. Teresa Moon, Institute for Cultural Communicators

Throughout this session, students are invited to engage with each other in a creative and expressive way. Using everyday props to tell a story from their lives, they will practice visual storytelling to passionately and purposefully communicate a message. With instruction and modeling, students will begin to recognize key components of compelling storytelling – and why it matters.

FRIDAY 3:00-4:00 PM - COMMUNICATE FOR CHANGE PART 2

Communicate for Change: Round Table for Change

Taught by Dr. Teresa Moon, Institute for Cultural Communicators

Employers are not looking for people who can argue with each other, but teammates who can build consensus and solve real problems. Using a consensus-building format we call Round Table, we help students experience both the fun and the challenge of building consensus. Round Table practices include active listening, collaboration, recognizing and understanding differences, and discovering ways to innovate individually while contributing to a team.

FRIDAY 4:30-5:30 PM - COMMUNICATE FOR CHANGE PART 3

Communicate for Change: Extraordinary Communication

Taught by Dr. Teresa Moon, Institute for Cultural Communicators

Only 5% of U.S. residents are ready and willing to command the public platform, so just being ready to communicate sets a teen apart as extraordinary! Skilled communicators shift their focus from themselves to their audience. This others-focused approach increases the impact of the message being conveyed. Students will learn how to analyze the content of their speech and ways to address their audience, as well as understand how to define their purpose for a variety of communication situations.

SATURDAY 9:00-10:00 AM - COLLEGE MADNESS: WHEN THE CROWD IS WRONG

College Madness: When the Crowd Is Wrong

Taught by Woody Robertson, Lumerit Unbound

“Go to school, get good grades, get into a good college so you can get a good job and live The American Dream!” Well, the American Dream is broken and many students are broke when they graduate college. Come learn about crowd dynamics, group think, and how to make sure you’re on the right side of the incredible changes, opportunities and challenges happening in higher education today, regardless of what the crowd is doing.

SATURDAY 10:30-11:30 AM - STUDY LIKE A GENIUS: UNLOCKING YOUR BRAIN

Study Like a Genius: Unlocking Your Brain

Taught by Woody Robertson, Lumerit Unbound

All learning is founded on one key—the ability to take in information and then remember it. Most people are never taught how to effectively learn. Each school year, students spend countless hours studying, only to have the information seemingly disappear when they need it most. In this interactive and practical session, you will learn how to use study tools such as speed reading and memory techniques which will radically change the way you learn.

SATURDAY 1:30-2:30 PM - WHEN NOBODY UNDERSTANDS

When Nobody Understands

Taught by Hal & Melanie Young, Raising Real Men

You’ve probably had “the talk” and know all about how your body is changing. But has anyone clued you in to why your emotions are out of whack, why you have days of darkest doubt, fogs of uncertainty, and moments of swooping exhilaration? Are you worried that schoolwork which used to be a piece of cake has somehow become difficult? Do you find yourself in trouble more and fighting with your siblings – and never wanting it at all? Good news – it’s normal, and there’s hope for better days ahead.

SATURDAY 3:00-4:00 PM - GAME TOURNAMENT!

Game Tournament! – A College Student’s Perspective on Homeschooling

Taught by Leah Busler

In this energetic closing session of this year’s Teen Program, homeschool graduate Leah Busler will share how homeschooling has impacted her life and prepared her for college. We will wrap up the weekend with group games that everyone will enjoy! Teens, you won’t want to miss it!

Explore Your Future: Career Skills Assessment

Saturday, 1:00-4:00 PM, Room 151-152

Homeschooled students ages 12-18 are invited to participate in this special add-on ticketed class Saturday afternoon during the AFHE Convention. More information below.

COST: $12 per student
MAX STUDENTS: 145

Explore Your Future: Career Skills Assessment

In this special extended session, Lori Denst is your guide for a “quick trip to the future” through career exploration. First, you’ll take several fun, short career assessments to learn about yourself and the ways you like to work. Then you’ll explore online resources to learn how your skills and interests match up with career areas, and uncover jobs that may be a great fit for you! Printed career tests and info packet are included in the session.

IMPORTANT NOTES - CAREER SKILLS ASSESSMENT

Important Notes

NOTE THE START TIME – 1:00 PM
This session begins 30 minutes earlier than all other workshops in the afternoon. Be sure to eat lunch early and get to class 5-10 minutes early to start right at 1:00 PM.

CONVENTION REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Students must be registered for the 2019 AFHE Convention with their parents. This $12 supply fee is in addition to convention registration for this student. 

TAKES PLACE AT SAME TIME AS SOME TEEN PROGRAM SESSIONS
Students who elect to add the Career Skills Assessment and who are also registered for the Teen Program will miss the last two sessions of the Teen Program. 

BRING A LAPTOP, TABLET, OR SMARTPHONE – OPTIONAL
Mrs. Denst will be demonstrating the use of career exploration websites during the workshop and would love for the students to be able to explore these website using keywords specific to their career skills and interest. This allows the students to experience the features with her advice and supervision and to ask questions.

We understand that use of the internet by students is a family-specific decision reflecting values, maturity, and accountability considerations. Not all families will have a device for their student to use or the desire for them to do so. Students will have the opportunity to watch Mrs. Denst demonstrate the use of these websites for career exploration using examples on the screen in the workshop room.

FREE WIFI NOT PROVIDED
Workshop rooms do not have free wifi. If you opt to allow your student to bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to participate to explore the websites Mrs. Denst directs them to, you will need to make sure before the class begins that they are connected to the internet. Wifi service can be purchased through SmartCity Networks for the day (estimate $12.95 per device). 

Youth Admission

Children and teens ages 3-18 and unmarried homeschooled graduates still living at home or enrolled in college may register for $10 each. Infants age 2 and under are free of charge and are not registered. Youth admission is the same for pre-registration and on-site.

The Christian Teen Program for ages 12-18 has limited seating and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Teen Program registration includes admission to the Convention.

$10

Children and teen ages 3-18

Youth
Admission

Youth admission fee for children and teens ages 3-18

$20

Youth ages 12-18

Teen
Program

Christian Teen Program 2-day teen track for ages 12-18 Includes convention admission

$10

Young adult

Homeschool Graduate

Unmarried homeschool graduate living at home or attending college

$12

Add-on Class for Teens

Career Skills 
Assessment

Explore Your Future Career Skills Assessment Add-on class for ages 12-18
Saturday 1:00-4:00 PM

$10

$20

$10

$12

Children and teen ages 3-18

Youth
Admission

Youth ages 12-18

Teen
Program

Young adult

Homeschool Graduate

Add-on Class for Teens

Career Skills 
Assessment

Youth admission fee
for children and teens
ages 3-18

Christian Teen Program
2-day teen track for ages 12-18
Includes convention admission

Unmarried homeschool
graduate living at home
or attending college

Explore Your Future
Career Skills Assessment
Add-on class for ages 12-18
Saturday 1:00-4:00 PM

IS THERE A CHILDREN'S PROGRAM?

We were pleased to be able to offer a children’s program in 2018 as part of AFHE’s 35th Anniversary celebration. The children’s program is not an annual/recurring event, however.

There are two primary factors that prohibit us from offering a children’s program at the AFHE Convention. First, our event is held in a building in downtown Phoenix that is open to the public. For safety and liability issues, we do not wish to take responsibility for other people’s children nor do we have the staff or volunteers needed to make that possible. Second, we simply do not have the space. The option to offer a children’s program off-site would not be ideal and the expense involved would make such a program cost-prohibitive. 

The only way we could make the children’s program work in 2018 was to use the same room for the children’s program in the morning and the teen program in the afternoon, giving half-day programming to each set of age groups, and to use a local theater arts company’s fingerprinted, background checked team members. While most really enjoyed the fun musical theater program offered last year, we received a number of complaints from parents of younger children and also teens who were unhappy with the half-day programming. 

As a reminder, the AFHE Convention is geared toward parent educator equipping and edification. You are welcome to bring your children with you to the Convention and we love seeing families enjoy the weekend together. Many parents choose to arrange for childcare so they are able to come and glean as much as possible … treating it as a professional development or continuing education opportunity for themselves. Whatever approach you take, we are blessed to have you join us!