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Everyday situations give us the chance to be active citizens. Learn how to solve problems in your community and how to take action in a positive way. This project gives you the opportunity to be the change you wish to see in the world.

In 2014 YELLO participants prepared meals for distribution through Feed My Starving Children.



BLU - Building Leadership and Understanding

Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) is an exciting and fun leadership adventure. More than 400 youth from across Minnesota come together to learn and practice valuable leadership skills that they will use in their communities throughout their lives.

YELLO! Conference

Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out Loud! is an annual statewide, four-day leadership conference with group discussions, workshops, service opportunities, challenging speakers and hands-on activities designed for youth.

National 4-H Conference

The National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults, at the invitation of the Secretary of Agriculture, assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities.

Citizenship Washington Focus

CWF is a citizen and leadership event for high school youth from across the United States. Youth learn about government, the legislative process, meet with elected officials and visit many national monuments and historical sites in Washington D.C.

What you can do

Level 1

Become engaged in changing a piece of the public world, take action in new and exciting ways.

Level 2

Become a special OPPortunities Agent and engage in your community.

For adult leaders

Record keeping & evaluation


New to 4-H? Get involved in Citizenship!

Jacquie Lonning, State program director, Citizenship & Leadership,

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