Local youth participate in 4-H leadership workshops
Thirty-three youth from across the region took part in the annual Northeast Region BLU and TEEL 4-H leadership workshops on Feb. 5-6 at the Long Lake Conservation Center in Palisade.
PALISADE — Thirty-three youth from across the region took part in the annual Northeast Region BLU and TEEL 4-H leadership workshops on Feb. 5-6 at the Long Lake Conservation Center in Palisade.
As one of five regional events held throughout Minnesota in February, the workshops focus on developing youth leaders from middle to high school.
BLU, or Building Leadership and Understanding, addresses middle school youth who are taught the importance of youth development, leadership, citizenship, service, teamwork and other life skills.
TEEL, or Teens Engaged in Emerging Leadership, challenges older youth to build on their leadership skills developed at BLU and through their lived experience within and outside of 4-H.
4-H staff help plan both workshops to bring a regional perspective to the statewide focus.
“I attended (the workshops) for the first time as staff and it is a well-hosted overnight event for youth,” Beltrami County 4-H Extension Educator Hannah Sieberg said in a release.
This year’s workshop theme, “Find Your Path,” taught participants to identify their passions in order to become better leaders.
Youth engaged in small group discussions, educational workshops and large group activities, and also learned about food insecurity within their communities.
“The breakout sessions allowed youth to dig deep into their passions with a small group,” Sieberg continued. “There was time for fun activities — including snowshoeing — and youth got to work with older youth to benefit from this positive 4-H experience. It is a chance to really connect with other 4-H’ers beyond the traditional club experience.”
BLU was facilitated by six youth leaders from the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador program while TEEL was led by two 4-H youth leaders and alumni.
The events were also supported by a team of three adult chaperones and four staff.
More information can be found on the University of Minnesota Extension website .