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2024 Try This WV Youth Summit & Conference
Youth Summit: June 20th
Conference: June 21st + 22nd

Try This is headed back to WV Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV for our annual Youth Summit and Conference!

Scroll down to find event details, get registered, and check out highlights from our 2023 Youth Summit and Conference below!

Download our event flier to help spread the word!

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Event Info

Schedule and details subject to change - we are flexible and willing to adapt our schedule to new opportunities. Please check back here for schedule updates and follow our social media for sneak peeks of the people and activities you'll be able to enjoy!

LOCATION

WV Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV. Both the Youth Summit and Conference will begin at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts - commonly referred to as the PAC - located at 58 College Ave in Buckhannon. Please click here to get Google Maps location info.

SCHEDULE

Thursday, June 20 - Try This Youth Summit

  • Registration Opens: 8:30am

  • Yogurt Bar Breakfast: 8:30-10am

  • Youth Summit Opening Session: 10-10:45am

  • Dorm check-in for those staying: 11-11:30am

  • Lunch: 11:30am-12:30pm

  • Group Photo: 12:30pm

  • Breakout Session 1: 12:45-2pm

  • Breakout Session 2: 2:15-3:30pm

  • Breakout Session 3: 3:45-5pm

  • Dinner: 5:15-6:15pm

  • Evening Activities: 6:15-7:30pm

  • Closing Activity: 7:30-8pm

  • Pick up for those leaving: 8-8:15pm

  • Dorm Common Area Activities: 8-10pm

  • Lights Out/Quiet: 10pm

 

Friday, June 21 - Try This Conference Day 1

  • Registration Opens: 7:30am

  • Morning Activities: 8-9:30am

  • Yogurt Bar Breakfast: 8:30-10am

  • Conference Opening Session: 10-11:30am

  • Lunch: 11:45am-12:45pm

  • Group Photo: 12:45pm

  • Breakout Session A: 1-2:15pm

  • Breakout Session B: 2:30-3:45pm

  • Breakout Session C: 4-5:15pm

  • Dinner: 5:30-6:30pm

  • Evening Activities: 6:30-8:30pm

  • Dorm Common Area Activities: 8-10pm

  • Lights Out/Quiet: 10pm

 

Saturday, June 22 - Try This Conference Day 2

  • Morning Activities: 8-9:30am

  • Breakfast: 8:30-9:30am

  • Breakout Session D: 9:45-11am

  • Lunch: 11:15am-12:15pm

  • Breakout Session E: 12:30-1:45pm

  • Conference End/Dorm Check-Out: 2pm

Registration Info

We are so excited for you to join us this year! Please read this information carefully to help you through the registration process. If you have any questions, please email us at trythiswv@gmail.com.

TICKETS

​A ticket to attend the Try This Youth Summit & Conference includes all activities, meals, and a t-shirt. Lodging must be booked separately.

  • Youth Summit (ages 22 and under): FREE - and you can stay for the whole Conference, too!

  • Youth Summit ONLY (over 22 years old): $25

  • Youth Summit + Full Conference (over 22 years old): $125

  • Full Conference: $125

  • Friday Conference ONLY: $75

  • Saturday Conference ONLY: $65

LODGING

Lodging is based on a single or double dorm room on campus at WV Wesleyan College. If you choose a double room and do not indicate a roommate on your registration form, a roommate will be assigned to you.

And please don't forget to bring your own bedding - these dorms do not provide any supplies, so sheets, blankets, and pillows will be your responsibility, as well as bath towels and shower essentials. All beds are size Twin XL (81" x 39"). Please plan accordingly and let us know if you have any questions.

 

Reminder that lodging is FREE for young people ages 22 or younger!

1 Night

  • Single: $45

  • Double: $35

2 Nights

  • Single: $90

  • Double: $70

3 Nights

  • Single: $135

  • Double: $105

ALTERNATIVE LODGING OPTIONS

​If you would prefer to stay in a hotel or at a nearby campsite, please check out these alternatives. Click the links below to learn more:

 

Hotels:

 

Campsites:

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

“I’ve never filled out a grant.” / “I’ve never been to a conference.” / “I’m worried my experience level/appearance/sexual orientation/age/history with drugs/education level/income means I won’t fit in.”

Try This is a space for all West Virginians to feel invited and welcome. We hope our work reaches people who might feel this way, or have been told these things would prevent them from making a difference in your community. Regardless of the above, Try This is a place for you!

 

“Can I register more than one person at a time?”

Yes! You can register as many individuals as you want, and the form will ask you for details on each "ticket". NOTE: you can only use one promo code at a time. If for some reason you need to use two or more different promo codes, you might need to register each individual separately.


“Do you need volunteers to help?”
Each year, Try This has dozens of folks help make the Youth Summit + Conference possible! The best part is our volunteers get to enjoy the activities and presentations while volunteering, and Try This covers the cost. This event also qualifies as an AmeriCorps service projects. If you're interested in joining our volunteer team, please reach out to Jamie at kanawhavalley@trythiswv.com.

“Can I/my child come to the Youth Summit if they are outside the 13-22 age range?”
Absolutely - this age range serves as a guide for who will get the most out of our event, but younger West Virginians are also welcome to join with their parent or guardian. We also have adults attending who are bringing young people who are welcome to participate in most of our activities.

“If I come for the Youth Summit, can I stay for the Conference?”
Please do! Most of the youth who attended the 2023 Youth Summit stayed for the Conference as well. Young people have always been part of the Try This network. There are plenty of presentations and activities available for all ages.

 

"What should I expect to be doing? What should I wear?"

The Try This Youth Summit and Conference are what you make it, so that's up to you! However, we advise you pack for comfort. It will be quite warm in June, and there will be lots of activities for you to enjoy - like tai chi, aerial yoga, paddling, and more - so we recommend wearing tennis shoes and something you'd feel comfortable getting active in. Don't forget your sunscreen!

 

“I want to come, but I can't afford to. Can you help?”
We do not want the cost of our event to prevent someone from enjoying our event. Please fill out this scholarship form to request some help: Scholarship Form

“I have an idea for a great presentation or activity I'd like to see happen - can I share it?”
Great! Reach out to Brittney at director@trythiswv.com or text/call her at 304-997-4628.

READY TO GET YOUR TICKETS?
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"Nice to know there are positive, worthy causes happening in our communities. And it encourages you to push forward and present things to your own community."

- 2017 Conference Attendee

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"It was so welcoming and I immediately felt like I belonged!"

- 2023 Youth Summit Attendee

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