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Youth Leadership Project

Build relationships, develop communication techniques, and strengthen your organizational skills. In this project, find the leader within you and make a positive impact in your club, home, school or community.

BLU participants in Elk River explore what makes them unique.

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To view county or local club events, visit the county website.

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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. More info.

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. More info.

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. More info.

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. More info.

Youth Teaching Youth

Teen teachers deliver educational curriculum to peers in elementary and middle schools during the school year in Anoka, Dakota, Scott, and Washington counties.

Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info.

Project resources

Level 1 learning goals:

Identify good qualities in leaders; practice being a leader; consider things from others' perspectives; communicate without talking.

Level 2 learning goals:

Explore leadership traits and identify one's own personal leadership traits; work with others and recognize the benefits of team work; strengthen communication skills.

Level 3 learning goals:

Develop an awareness of one's own strengths and weaknesses; understand different leadership styles and how to lead a team whose members have different work styles; understand different ways to manage conflict; recognize and use team strengths and team members' strengths; develop interview questions and conduct a good interview.

Other online resources

Project leader resources

Record keeping & evaluation


To get involved with the 4-H Youth Leadership project, contact your county 4-H office.

Jacquie Lonning,, 612-624-9117

All resources on this page have been reviewed by our faculty and included for their educational value. No endorsement is intended or implied. Minnesota 4-H does not profit from the inclusion of any commercial project resources.

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