Audience: Teens

Title:Real-Life Courtship
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Marriage, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Fathers, Mothers, Parents, Teens
Description:Michael Farris shares the biblical vision for courtship and its value over traditional dating, plus what he has learned through the experience of his five oldest daughters’ courtships and marriages.

Title:The Top Two Priorities for Homeschooling Moms
Speaker:Vickie Farris
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Marriage, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, Teens
Description:Spending time with the Lord and with your husband should take preeminence over all the other responsibilities a homeschool mom has. Vickie Farris will share practical and encouraging ways to keep your priorities in order.

Title:What is Generation Joshua?
Speaker:Thomas J. Schmidt
Length:30 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Political
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Support Group Leaders, Teens, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:With the goal of challenging Christian homeschool families to become more involved in government and politics, Tj explains what Generation Joshua is and the exciting opportunities it offers to young people and their families. Generation Joshua’s vision is to create an educational foundation in government and civics for homeschooled students and provide unique opportunities for homeschoolers to make a positive impact on our nation’s policitical landscape.

Title:Courtship
Speaker:Thomas J. Schmidt
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Marriage, Parenting, Teens
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Having firsthand experience of courtship with his wife, Susan, Tj shares how courtship can be an alternative to dating. One couple’s story of how their families sought courtship as a foundation for a lifelong commitment in marriage.

Title:Why We Homeschool—A Homeschooler’s Testimony
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Motivational, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Teens, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Will uses humor and his personal testimony as a homeschool graduate to encourage parents and children in their homeschooling. He encourages attendees to live a life of service to each other and to God through their commitment to continue homeschooling, and closes with a vision for homeschoolers to excel in all that they do.

Title:Testimony of a Homeschool Graduate
Speaker:Thomas J. Schmidt
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Workshop
Topic:Education, Motivational, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Tj shares from his own personal testimony as a homeschool graduate. He will share from his family’s early decision to begin homeschooling in the mid 80’s, through the high school years and beyond, laying out God’s direction through it all.

Title:The Mandate for Christian Citizenship in Homeschool Youth
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Political, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:All, Junior and Senior High Parents, Parents, Teens
Description:Will uses his background as a homeschool graduate and the director of Generation Joshua to describe how young people today can make a difference in their communities and nation, how HSLDA’s Generation Joshua program can help, and how the next generation is uniquely equipped to lead our nation in the years ahead.

Title:Generation Joshua: The Future of America in the Hands of Teenagers
Speaker:Joel D. Grewe
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal, Motivational, Political
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:The future of our country is in the hands of the teenagers in our homes. While this may be a terrifying thought to some, it does not need to be—instead it is a great opportunity that we should not lose. Drawing on 15 years of experience working with teens, Joel offers both encouragement for the future and suggestions for how to help ensure our America remains both just and free.

Title:Why Teens Need the Parental Rights Amendment
Speaker:Joel D. Grewe
Length:45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:History, Legal
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Joel explains the constitutional basis for parental rights, the current threat posed by court decisions and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the need for adoption of the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Title:What is Easy and What is Right: A Call to Greater Responsibility in the Youth of the Nation
Speaker:Joel D. Grewe
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Motivational, Political
Audience:All, Parents, Teens
Description:The iPod—wielding, social—networking youth of today are often irresponsible. They lack motivation to do what is right, in favor of doing what is easy. Drawing from personal experience as someone who has had to choose between what is right and what is easy, Joel calls on the generation of today to stand up and do what is right, because it is right, rather than what is easy.

Title:Is Today’s Military Right for my Child?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:Fathers, Mothers, Parents, Teens
Description:Serving in the United States Military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. Is it still? Changes in society are reflected in the military. How can this impact a parents view of service in the military today? What is involved in serving in the military and how should parents mentor their children in viewing service in today’s military? Michael Donnelly is an HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father of seven who served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. He will discuss practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking.

Title:Generation Joshua: Civics Education with an Impact!
Speaker:Jeremiah Lorrig
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Political, Teens
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:How do you make a difference while learning about government hands on? Jeremiah talks about how hands-on learning in programs like Generation Joshua not only teaches students about how the government works but also does it in a way that allows them to see that even though they do not have a vote, they can make a difference. We have to be intentional with how we teach our children about government taking into account the fact that not everyone will grow up to be president. However, every one of our kids will grow up to be citizens, and Jeremiah talks about how to equip them for that privilege.

Title:Back to the Basics: Three Keys to Winning the Culture War—Prayer, Bible study, and the Gathering of Believers
Speaker:Jeremiah Lorrig
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Christians have forgotten foundational truths that are necessary for maintaining their integrity. For thousands of years, one thing that has been common with all believers is reading the Bible, seeking God’s will in prayer, and a consistent gathering of the brothers and sisters of Christ. In his talk, Jeremiah encourages Christians to focus on the log in our own eye before taking on splinters in the eyes of others.

Title:Effective Communication Inside and Outside the Circle
Speaker:Jeremiah Lorrig
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Homeschoolers need to be able to speak the language of those they are talking to. If that is a friend at church they need to be ready and able to speak and understand “Christian” words like “grace” and “sanctification.” But if we are talking with people outside of that setting we need to understand that “grace” might just be what is said before a meal. Effective communication means knowing your audience and making sure that the words you use communicate the message you are bringing, not falling into a stereotype.

Title:Tackling Tricky High School Issues: Practical Help and Guidance for Homeschooling High School Students with Special Needs
Speaker:Faith Berens
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Teens, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with homeschooling struggling or atypical learners in the high school years. Do you have questions such as, “How do I award my child with special needs a diploma?” or “What do I do since my child with dyslexia can’t read typical high school level material?” Faith discusses alternative course work, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines/high school programs for special learners, post-high school options, as well as offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for the college boards.

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