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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

70 Youth Attend 4-H Leadership Retreat at Welch Village

70 youth from surrounding communities came together to learn leadership skills at the 4-H Fall Youth Leadership in October.  The leadership retreat was held at Welch Village Ski & Snowboard Area and was packed with intense programs and workshops focused on leadership, communication, and team-building.
Retreat highlights included keynote speaker Ron Ray, who helped youth find their passions and strengths, a teamwork omelet cook-off, stress-relieving yoga, duct tape challenges, True Colors Personality assessment… old and new friends… a dance… and more!  Participants left the retreat charged to be leaders in their clubs, programs, and schools!
Participants came from six different counties, including Dakota, Goodhue, Isanti, Olmsted, Scott, and Washington. 
4-H youth across the nation are leading efforts to solve problems in their communities and make a difference for their futures.  4-H is one of the largest youth development organizations in Minnesota and the largest in the nation with six million young people.  4-H in Dakota County claims 1,000 youth members, and 350 adult volunteers.  It is the largest county 4-H program in Minnesota.   4-H, as part of the University of Minnesota Extension, is a program where youth learn through opportunities that provide them hands-on experiences in 4-H's mission mandates of science, engineering and technology; healthy living; and citizenship.  The program promotes life skills using your head, heart, hands and health.  4-H has connected youth and their communities with the innovative research and resources from our nation's 106 land-grant universities and colleges for more than 100 years.
To find out more information about 4-H, or to locate a 4-H club in your area, visit the Dakota County 4-H website at www.extension.umn.edu/county/goodhue and click on 4-H in Dakota County, or contact Dakota County 4-H at the Dakota County Extension Office at 651-480-7755, or johns097@umn.edu

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