Minnesota and North Dakota teens explore learning and leadership
More than 200 youth attended the 2019 Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out Loud! (YELLO!) state leadership conference in St. Paul. Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors planned and facilitated this week-long conference with adult advisers and the state civic engagement and leadership team.
The 2019 theme was "Out of this World." Youth took part in activities to develop connections with other youth and learn about global and local issues. They built communication skills they can use in their communities and future careers.
Participants also worked on a variety of service projects. They sewed memory pillows for people in memory care facilities, stuffed pillows for children of deployed military members, made greeting cards for military members and youth in the hospital, built duck boxes for Minnesota State Parks, sorted donations at Arc's Value Village and helped with exhibits at the Como Zoo.
Specialized learning for ninth through 12th graders
Two pilot experiences gave high school students a full day to explore a single topic. These included outdoor adventures and conservation, where youth hiked, canoed, and learned about conservation efforts. Another topic was agriculture entrepreneurship, in which they explored related organizations in the Twin Cities. On one afternoon, the youth walked to the St. Paul campus to attend workshops about careers and project areas such as bees and agriculture careers, and about building personal skills such as resume writing and preparing for college.
Amazing speakers and outings
Participants heard from two fantastic keynote speakers, Jerrid Sebesta and John Noltner. Noltner asked participants: "What can you do to be a good global citizen?" See their responses.
To cap off the week and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the state leadership conference, previously called Club Week, JLC, YELLO!, participants enjoyed dinner and dancing on a riverboat on the St. Croix.
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