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Douglas County youth attend 4-H workshop

This year, 17 youth from Douglas County attended a junior leader workshop (JLW) "Bring Out Your True Colors with 4-H" on October 18-19 at Faith Haven Camp near Battle Lake. The camp's focus was to be proactive in developing leaders in grades 6-9.

Participants were Cody Fults, Christina Lakers, Ashby; Kayla Egenes, Chippewans, Alexandria; Nora Merk, Chippewans, Alexandria; Brooke Strand, Lake Mary Troopers, Alexandria; Gabby Way, Chippewans, Garfield; Zach Holl, Working Wonders, Hoffman; Connor Hintzen, Liberty Livewires, Farmington; Ben Staehnke, Working Wonders, Hoffman; Rachel Kokett, Liberty Livewires, Alexandria; Kodi Bundermann, Lake Mary Troopers, Alexandria; Christina Drown, Liberty Livewires, Osakis; Chelsea Drown, Liberty Livewires, Osakis; Megan Egenes-Chippewans, Alexandria; Shane Massmann, Liberty Livewires, Osakis.

Serving as counselors were Miranda Novak, Chippewans, Alexandria; Ethan Way, Moe, Evansville; and Michael Way, Moe, Evansville.

Youth participants are part of different committees: flag ceremonies, evening program, song leading/table fun and campfire. Committee members plan activities and implement them throughout the camp. Committees are guided by Continuing Committee Members who were chosen after last year's JLW through an application process.

In addition to working in their committees, youth took part in workshops to further develop their leadership skills. Workshops were taught by Extension staff and Minnesota State 4-H Ambassadors.

Workshops included super hero youth leaders, art and color traits, community service, teambuilding, exploring different leadership styles, building junkbots and more.

For more information, contact Jodi Hintzen at (320) 762-3890.

What is 4-H?

Minnesota 4-H youth development offers age-appropriate, hands-on learning via short-and long-term projects and activities, including 4-H clubs, special-interest groups, after-school programs, volunteering, civic engagement, community service, camping, and school enrichment.

In 4-H, youth in kindergarten through one year past high school design and participate in their own programs and activities.

This unique, learn-by-doing model teaches kids essential skills that they'll use throughout their lives, such as problem solving, decision making, coping, communicating and responding to the needs of others.

Whether youth are building rockets, raising dairy cows, or writing musical plays, 4-H gives them the skills they need to succeed in life.

No matter which project they choose, through 4-H youth will learn public speaking skills, how to collaborate, understand government and community, and how to develop and reach life and career goals.


A recent national study by Tufts University found that youth who participate in 4-H:

• Have better grades and are more emotionally engaged with school.

• Are more than twice as likely to be civically active and contribute to their communities.

• Are 47 percent less likely to have risky or problem behaviors.