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Building Leadership & Understanding

The Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) workshops engage youth in grades 6-12 in activities to build leadership skills while forming relationships with other youth and learning to work together to make a difference in their communities.

Held at five different locations across the state, participants engage in hands-on activities, participate in team-building experiences and listen to interesting speakers. Activities are planned and facilitated by the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors.

Registration opens Nov. 1 and each event has a different registration deadline and event date (see below). The cost of the experience is $95 for the overnight locations, $60 for the one-day location and includes a long-sleeved event t-shirt. Some scholarships are available at the county and state levels.

2018 BLU

Date & location

Check-in, start & end times


Contact & payment address

Central - Feb. 3-4

Koronis Center
15752 County Road 181
Paynesville, MN 56362

Check-in: 1:30 p.m.
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.


Diane Lambrecht
UMN Extension Regional Office
4100 220th Street W, Suite 100
Farmington, MN 55024

Northwest - Feb. 10-11

Castaway Club
51709 County Hwy 31
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Check-in: 1:30 p.m.
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.

Annette Graves
UMN Extension Regional Office
715 11th St N Ste 107C
Moorhead, MN 56560

Southeast - Feb. 3-4

Ironwood Springs Ranch
7291 County 6 Rd SW
Stewartville, MN 55976

Check-in: 1:30 p.m.
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.

Deb Sveen
UMN Extension Regional Office
863 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Northeast - Feb. 24-25

Long Lake Conservation Center
28952 438th Lane
Palisade, MN 56469

Check-in: 1:30 p.m.
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.

Kate Bauman
UMN Extension Regional Office
1861 E US Hwy 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-327-5958 ext 3009

Southwest - Feb. 24

SW Minnesota State University
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258

Check-in: 9:30 a.m.
Start: 10 a.m.
End: 7:30 p.m.

Casey Olson
UMN Extension Regional Office
46352 State Hwy 329
Morris, MN 56267
320-589-1711, ext 2116



If you have questions about BLU, please contact Jacquie Lonning, citizenship and leadership program director, or get answers to frequently asked questions.

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