Thrive! Teen and Alumni Activities

NCHE plans social activities to encourage the friendships of our teens and alumni. All of these activities will have adult supervision. Full conference registration is required for these Thrive! teen activities except the college fair.

Games Social: Thursday, 7:45 PM

A games social will be held on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. NCHE will provide cards and board games.

Alumni Coffee Social: Thursday, 9:15 PM


NCHE will host an alumni coffee social on Thursday night after the games from 9:15 to 10:15 p.m. Check at registration for the location.

College Fair: Friday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

This is an opportunity for students to meet and talk with college recruiters who are interested in homeschooled students. This will be open 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Friday and is located the Garden Terrace of the Embassy Suites. See the list of colleges here.

Special Workshops for Teens

It is a priority of the NCHE conference to offer quality workshops for our homeschooled teens. Parents are welcome, of course, but these talks are suitable for teens to attend on their own. If you have teens, or if you are a teen, these should be a must! See schedules in the menu, second tab for the times for these talks. 

  • How Your Worldview Matters for Every Single Area of Your Life – Brett Kunkle
  • Why I Am a Christian: An Introduction to Apologetics – Brett Kunkle
  • True for You but Not for Me? – Brett Kunkle
  • If God Is Good, Why Is There Evil & Suffering? – Brett Kunkle
  • Like Me, Follow Me: How Social Media Influences Your Heart and Mind – Brett Kunkle
  • Truth and Love: What Do I Say to My Gay Friend? Brett Kunkle
  • Christian Citizenship 1: The 4 Structures of a Healthy Society – Craig Seibert
  • Christian Citizenship 2: The Keys to Understanding the Declaration and Constitution – Craig Seibert
  • Christian Citizenship 3: Engaging the Culture with Salt, Light & Courage – Craig Seibert
  • The Struggle Is Real! – Pat Wesolowski
  • Slaying Lions – Steve Demme
  • What’s in Your Hand? Starting a Micro-business for Teens and Adults – Katie Dugdale & Marji McIlvaine
  • Walking in Athens: A Creationist’s Odyssey in Geological Education – Marcus Ross
  • Get Back Up: Resiliency and Failure – Victoria Grant
  • Homeschool High School Workshop for Parents and Teens – Jessica Embry

The Coins Concert: Friday, 7:45 PM

The Coins will be in concert on Friday at 7:45 p.m. in the Salem Ballroom. The Coins are a Durham-based band known for their blend of acoustic folk, bluegrass, and Celtic styles. They have performed in many venues in the Triangle area, from churches to cafés. The music of this family band features traditional and folk songs, covers of favorite artists, and original compositions reflecting aspects of their Christian faith. Alexa Carter is a homeschool graduate, and she and her husband, Daniel, are homeschooling their children. Levi Mason is a homeschool graduate and many NCHE members may recognize him as the host of the annual conference talent show.