Seven Douglas County 4-H youth were among 225 youths who attended the YELLO! state leadership conference last month at the state fairgrounds in St. Paul.

YELLO, which stands for “Youth Exploring Leadership & Learning Out loud!" is an annual leadership conference. This year’s theme, “Out of this World,” encouraged youth to think globally but act locally. Youth attended skill-building workshops on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, performed service projects, learned about important community issues, and developed new friendships.

When asked during the conference, "What can you do to be a good global citizen?" Shane Massmann-Liberty Livewires 4-H Club replied, “I believe the best way to be a good global citizen is to start off in your own local community. Start small and simple.”

The seven who attended the conference were: Amanda Brezina of the Lucky Star 4-H Club; Christina Kuimsi, Katherine Bailey and Livy Johnson of the Christina Lakers 4-H Club; Shane Massmann of the Liberty Livewires 4-H Club; Tommy Shores of the Urness 4-H Club; and Brenna Thompson of the Hoofbeats 4-H Club.