On June 9-12, more than 300 youth from across Minnesota, and a delegation from Missouri 4-H, gathered at the 4-H Building on the Minnesota State Fair grounds to participate in the annual 4-H Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out loud! (YELLO!) youth leadership conference. The event was filled with activities to help youth learn and practice valuable leadership skills that they will use throughout their lives.
Using a youth-teaching-youth model, the 4-H YELLO! leadership conference is developed and led by 4-H State Ambassadors, Minnesota youth who have been selected to serve as spokespeople for 4-H, and to educate youth and adults about the importance of youth development, leadership, citizenship, service, and teamwork. This year’s conference theme was “Channel your World": community leadership through service learning. Conference attendees participated in activities designed to explore how to increase and enhance youth voice in their school, clubs, organizations and community, and to think about community issues in new and different ways. They put some of the skills they learned into practice packing more than 40,000 meals for the nonprofit Feed My Starving Children, and participated in an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to learn about hunger in Minnesota and around the world.
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Chris Houck is a newsroom staffer for the Daily News. Reach him at 333-3130 or follow him on Twitter @FBONews.