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JOHAN KHALILIAN - 4h University Keynote Speaker


Johan has established a reputation as an inspiring motivational speaker with a straightforward and entertaining, yet deeply provocative message. A product of Humboldt Park Chicago, an area known for its gang violence and crime, Johan was able to move past the obstacles and traps that ensnared so many of his peers and live a life that was far from ordinary. His dreams, choices and determination took him from inner city of Chicago to a national speaker who uses his life story to help people of all ages believe in the power of their dreams and the impact their life can make in the world around them. Johan is a TEDx speaker and he’s been on TV and Radio shows, like The Tyra Banks Show, WLS Radio, The Today Show and Jane The Virgin. He is also one of the lead counselors and educator for the CANDO program in Chicago. Ben Glenn, the Simple ADHD Expert®, aka The Chalkguy, was diagnosed with Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities while in grade school. As an adult he discovered that he had suffered from ADD all along and suddenly everything about his life made perfect sense. He left college to pursue a love of art and speaking, and has been “on the road”, full-time since 1995, traveling to every part of the United States as well as to more remote places like China and Australia to share his message. Ever since his ADD diagnosis, he has been on a personal quest to learn as much as possible about his “disorder”. This journey has completely changed the way he views himself and ADD. Nowhere is the saying “Knowledge is Power” more applicable than when it comes to ADD. 

Frequently Asked Questions - 4-H University

  • Registration and Cost


    Registration will open on May 1st and will remain open until June 30th. All registrations, both youth and adult, must be submitted on 4HOnline by 11:59 PM on June 30th to be assured workshop preference, roommate requests, and t-shirt availability.  There will be no late registration. The State Headquarters recommends having youth whose attendance is contingent on their District Event performance register in advance. Counties may hold their registration at the county level and remove it without any penalty as long as they are removed before June 30th. We ask for agents to continually “approve” their youth on the county level in the 4-H Online system as they become available. Approval on the county level does not affect registration costs. However, youth that are in the system after June 30th may be held liable for registration fees so please stay on top of registration approvals. Following the close of registration and county approval, a registration summary will be emailed to each registered county for review. Invoices will be sent out post-event to capture any additional charges your county may incur. County checks should be made payable to the Florida 4-H Foundation. Only one county check from each county should be sent.

    • Cost is $295
    • Registration is open from May 1 to June 12, 2020. No late registrations.


    May 1 – June 12  
    Monday – Thursday  $295
    State Competitive Events – Monday, July 29th only $35
    Share The Fun-Tuesday, July 30th only $35

    One Day Only Participants

    • Registration will open at the following times and participants must be checked in by a parent or guardian at the 4-H University Headquarters desk in the Reitz Union:
      • State Competitive Events: 12:00-1:00 PM, July 29, 2019
        Share the Fun: 1:00-2:00 PM July 30, 2019
    • Participants must be checked out by a parent or guardian by the following times, at the 4-H University Headquarters desk in the Reitz Union depending on their registration:
      • July 29, State Competitive Events: 6:30 PM Monday (Dinner and the Opening Ceremony/Keynote are not included)
        July 30, Share the Fun: 10:00 PM or immediately following Share the Fun

    What is covered in the registration cost?

    • Lodging for overnight participants
    • Breakfast (Tuesday – Thursday) for overnight participants
    • Lunch (Tuesday – Wednesday) for overnight participants
    • Dinner (Monday – Wednesday) for overnight participants
    • Speaker and entertainment costs
    • Transportation to off-site locations
    • Supplies (awards, printing, programs, etc.)
    • Miscellaneous costs (security, socials, dance, insurance, shirts, etc.)

    What is not covered in the registration cost?

    • Bedding within dorms (please bring a twin bed set or sleeping bag)

    Refund Policy

    • Registrations canceled after June 30th will NOT be reimbursed. The member/county is responsible for payment.
    • Unless otherwise stated, 4-H University falls inline with the Florida 4-H State Events Policy (Refund/Cancellation Procedure listed on the bottom of page 2).
    • All cancellations must be e-mailed to Courtney Quirie at as soon as possible.

    Substitution Policy

    • After June 30, ONLY SAME GENDER substitutions are allowed (upon availability).
    • No substitutions can be made after July 8, 5:00 pm.
    • All substitutions must be e-mailed to Courtney Quirie at as soon as possible.
  • Who can attend 4-HU?

    Participants must be between the ages of 14 – 18 and must not have graduated high school as of September 1st of the previous year. 

  • What’s the dress code for 4-H University? ----PDFS need

    Take a look at the Florida 4-H State Dress Code. There is a more detailed expectation for each day and events at 4-H University.

  • What should I bring to 4-H University?

     4-H University is much like 4-H Summer Camp in regards to packing. Check out the link below to be prepared for the week.

    • 4-H University Packing List Please note that participants will need to bring money for lunch, gift shop, snacks or any fundraisers.
    • DON’T FORGET!!
      Buy Fresh Hot Pizza By the Slice or Pie each night in the dorms. Drinks will be for sale too. No more waiting for delivery. You will need cash for this purchase. 
  • What if I have to take medication while at 4-H University?

    If a youth brings any prescription or over the counter medication with them, they will need to fill out a medication form. The form and medication need to be in a clear plastic bag and should be handed over to either their Adult in Charge (the person who will check their group in) or directly to the designated Medical Adult at Hume Hall when you check-in for 4-H University. Youth should not bring meds to the Union or to their rooms.

  • Is there a handbook for the event to help me prepare and be aware of expectations?

    Why yes, there is! Take a look at the 2019 Handbook which explains the event, some of its activities, and some general expectations we have for our participants.

    • 4-H University 2020 Participant Handbook – COMING SOON! 
  • How do I find out more information about Share The Fun?
    • Find out more about Share the Fun, the 4-H Talent Showcase click here.
  • How do I find out more about Competitive Events at University?

     To learn more about Competitive Events click here. 

  • What is the schedule for 4-H University?
    • Click here to see the 2020 Schedule at a Glance! – COMING SOON!