University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

2017 Kentucky Youth Seminar:

June 27-29, 2017
University of KY
Lexington, KY


About the Program

Scholarship Winners

Program Objectives

  • To increase participants' knowledge of the American economic system and global economy through individual and group study.
  • To help prepare participants for an active role in business through involvement with business leaders.
  • To provide an exchange of ideas among youth scholars and local business and professional leaders.
  • To acquaint youth scholars with career opportunities in business.
  • To provide leadership training for youth scholars and junior leaders serving as officers and committee members in local, area, state and national programs.
  • To provide citizenship training for youth scholars and teen leaders as they learn about the American way of doing business.
Girl particpating at a local program.

Local Programs

Local programs are the heart of the program. They begin at a time which suits the convenience of local people involved.

One of two approaches is used in the local program:

  • the extended program, or
  • the concentrated three-day impact program.

The extended program meets once a week for 6 to 8 weeks for 1 to 2 hours of discussion of selected topics, with the help of local business or professional persons as discussion leaders. Other group activities include key visits to selected businesses.

While more challenging to organize and conduct, the concentrated impact program approach seems to encourage larger numbers to become involved, stronger school support and a larger number of those beginning the program completing it satisfactorily.

A Leader and a Junior Leader making a mess at the State Seminar.

State Conference - Kentucky Youth Seminar
in Collaboration with the National Institute on Cooperative Education

Youth Scholars who excel in local programs are selected to attend the 3-day Kentucky Youth Seminar at the University of Kentucky, a fun-filled and information-packed three-day event. They continue their study and work in teams, as officers and directors, to solve the corporate business problems of their corporations while competing for over $10,000 in scholarships and cash awards.

The Kentucky NICE Delegation