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Can I Learn Life Changing Leadership Skills in 4-H?

Research shows that key skills such as collaboration, team work, critical thinking, and problem solving are important 21st century skills for youth success. 4-H has made a commitment to providing youth with the opportunities to tackle learning these skills head-on at the State, Regional and County levels. 

At the State level there is YELLO (Youth Exploring Leadership & Learning Out loud). YELLO is an exciting and fun citizenship and leadership conference planned and facilitated by the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors. The event brings together over 300 youth from across Minnesota and the surrounding region to listen to motivational speakers, participate in hands-on activities, engage in a service-learning project, and explore fun and educational opportunities in the region. This year YELLO will take place June 14-17 in the Twin Cities.

Once you have completed the tenth grade and are eligible for 4-H, through June of 2018 you can apply to be a State Ambassador. Through citizenship, education, and leadership activities, the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors contribute meaningfully to 4-H and to their communities.

Regionally there is BLU (Building Learning and Understanding). The BLU retreat uses a youth-teaching-youth model to teach a leadership topic, participate in team-building activities, and meet other youth from their region. Another regional activity is GREEN, a service learning experience April 1-2 and 29-30.

In South St. Louis County we have the County Ambassador program. County Ambassadors are youth in grades 6 through one year past high school who want to make a difference in 4-H and their communities. In South St. Louis County that means attending leadership outings, educational field trips, community service projects, and participating in very enriching curriculum. We have a very strong, youth-led program that is growing stronger by the day. Our upcoming meetings are April 6th from 4:30-6:00 pm and April 27th, also 4:30-6:00 pm. They are held at the 4-H office at 2503 Rice Lake Road, unless otherwise noted.
If you are interested in learning more about any (or all !) of the above opportunities, please contact Tim at:  ctcaines@umn.edu or 218 733-2873.

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