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4-H clover Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU)

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Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) engages youth in grades 6-9 in hands-on activities to

  • Build leadership skills.
  • Form relationships with other youth.
  • Learn to work together.
  • Make a difference in their communities.

BLU is facilitated by youth leaders from the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador program and supported by a team of adult chaperones.

Not in grades 6-9? If you are in grades 10 and up, check out Teens Engaged in Emerging Leadership (TEEL) workshops! TEEL is a leadership workshop for older youth held at the same time and place as BLU.

BLU workshops take place at five different locations across the state. Youth will

  • Do hands-on activities.
  • Take part in team-building experiences.
  • Hear from interesting speakers.

There are one-day and two-day overnight options. The cost for a one-day event is $65 and the cost for an overnight event is $100. 

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