Teen Convention (Ages 12 - 18)
All American citizens, including teens, need to be savvy about our governmental processes. This year’s Teen Convention (ages 12-18) hosts HSLDA’s Generation Joshua and its iAdvocate program, featuring interactive activities that simulate what a legislator encounters when he or she tries to draft and advocate legislation.
Participants will have to choose between competing priorities such as personal legislative goals, the goals of his or her party, and the professional agreements he or she has made with other participants. Participants will start with drafting legislation in a small committee, and will progress to an official legislative session where they will have the chance to debate and vote on their legislation. Expect a lively and exciting program.
Only teens (12-18) registered for the Teen Convention are permitted in the teen workshops. At other times of the day, teens may attend Keynote sessions and visit the Exhibit Hall. CHEA will provide volunteer adult chaperones for the Teen Convention; however parents are responsible for their teen’s safety and behavior during the Convention. We recommend that parents and teens read over the Convention materials together, select workshops, and arrange meeting times and locations. In consideration of all in attendance we request teens follow these basic guidelines:
- Wear modest, casual clothing.
- Remain seated during the sessions.
- Do not loiter outside the rooms during sessions.
- Be attentive to the speaker.
- Turn off cell phones.
- No texting during sessions.
To help your teens have the best experience:
- Review your program schedule with your teen so you can be found if needed.
- Have lunch together.
- Arrange to meet with your teen often during the day.
Teens will wear one color wristband for Friday and another color for Saturday; the wristbands will be included in the parents' packet at check-in.
No medical release is needed for Teens attending the Teen Convention.
Visit our registration page for costs.
11:30–12:30 Introduction to iAdvocate–Participants will learn how legislation is made and the teams that they are part of for the simulation.
2:00–3:00 Legislative drafting. Participants will draft legislation on a variety of domestic and international topics.
4:00 –5:00 Party meeting/parliamentary procedure/training for advocacy. Participants form a team strategy and learn the parliamentary process and methodology for policy advocacy.
11:30–12:30 The Constitution and legislation. Participants will receive a crash course in the limitations of legislative powers and an overview of common abuses.
2:00–3:00 Party meeting /committees. Participants engage in the editing and modification process regarding legislation. Members of each party evaluate the proposed legislation for endorsements and polish the text prior to voting
4:00–5:00 Legislative session. Participants convene in legislative session to consider and vote aye or nay regarding the legislation returned from the prior session’s committees.
5:30–6:30 The last legislative session followed by closing remarks. Awards will be handed out and notable events discussed as well as selective insights regarding the legislation. Attendees are provided a complementary two-year membership in Generation Joshua.
The team takes government (something that is not very hands on) and in just two days turns it into a full scale interactive learning process. We go beyond simply lecturing and utilize hands-on learning and critical thinking. It is common knowledge in the homeschool community that children learn best by employing all of their senses; thus, in each of these courses, the teens actually get to practice the material they learn, rather than just read about it.
Generation Joshua staff will focus on how the Christian worldview affects decision-making in intense political situations and show students the implications of their decisions and responses. Students learn why politics works the way it does, why it’s worth being involved, and how to be a consistent advocate for Christian principles.