My name is Krista, and I am a second-year Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador from Rock County. With winter right around the corner, many 4-H'ers across the state have been busy with finishing their 4-H year and preparing to blast into next year. Let’s look at what fun events youth across the state might be participating in this year.
Branch out and go green
The state ambassadors have been working hard to prepare and produce ideas for this year’s state service theme, "Branch Out and Go Green with Minnesota 4-H."
This theme involves educating youth members about the environment around them. This might include educating on recycling, pollinators and how they can be a service leader within the community, country and world.
The Minnesota 4-H statewide service project monthly challenges will help youth learn how to make a difference for the betterment of the environment using service and leadership skills.
For December, the challenge is to learn about fast fashion and its impact on the environment, as well as support ethical brands, buy fewer clothing products and go thrift shopping at local stores near you.
Learn leadership at BLU and TEEL
A couple of the many 4-H events to be held during the year are Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) and Teens Engaged in Emerging Leadership (TEEL). BLU is for youth in grades 6-9 and TEEL is for youth in grades 10-13 (one year after high school).
Through both BLU and TEEL, youth learn valuable lessons on what it means to be a leader, what type of leader they are and what they can do to reach their full potential to empower those around them to do the same. This year’s theme is, “Seasons of Growth."
BLU and TEEL events are held across the state. You are welcome to attend any BLU and TEEL event regardless of region. Registration opens Dec. 1. If you have any questions, please contact Meg Clark at email@example.com. The state ambassadors hope to see you there!
The 2023 BLU and TEEL events by region:
- Northwest: Feb. 4-5 at the Castaway Club, Detroit Lakes
- Northwest: Feb. 11-12 at the Long Lake Conservation Center, Palisade
- Central: Feb. 11 at Base Camp, St. Paul
- Southwest: Feb. 18 at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU), Marshall
- Southeast: Feb. 25-26 at Camp Victory, Zumbro Falls
Make a difference with the National 4-H Conference
Each year, at least four youth members from Minnesota are selected to attend the National 4-H Conference. This gives youth the opportunity to learn how they can make a difference in their community, nation and world. They also work with a federal partner agency on a current issue and present a solution.
This event will be held in Washington D.C. from April 14-19, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Jacquie Lonning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes to all 4-H youth across the state, and I hope you have a successful 4-H year!
Krista B., Rock County
Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador