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Successful Junior Leader Workshop!

4-H’s Junior Leader Workshop (JLW) went “Back to the Future” this year and was held on October 19-20 at Faith Haven Camp near Battle Lake.  Because it is essential for the future of our rural communities to develop leaders to become productive and contributing individuals, the camp’s focus is to be proactive in developing leaders in grades 6-9. This year, thirteen counties were represented by the 68 youth who attended; four of these youth were from Grant County 4-H: Daniel Baily-Kloos, Amberly Bengston, Shawn Klatt, and Haley Volker.

Each youth participant at the camp is assigned to be a part of different committees, which are used as vehicles to empower youth to become more confident, learn to work as part of a team, and to showcase their skills to others.  These committee members plan some of the activities and implement them throughout the camp.  Committees are guided by ninth grade Continuing Committee Members (CCMs) who were chosen after last year’s JLW through an application process. 

In addition to working in their committees, youth took part in workshops to further develop their leadership skills. Workshops were taught by Extension staff, guest presenters, 4-H alumni, and returning CCMs. This year’s workshops included: Amazing Race, Road to Leadership, Science of Ag Challenge, Overcoming Fear to Lead, and more.  Guest presentations were also given by Christina Kuismi and Emily Cole, Minnesota State 4-H Ambassadors, about their leadership experiences in 4-H beyond their county and Hailey Jutz, Miss Frazee, who shared information about her platform and her journey in her youth development program.  

For information about 4-H in Grant County, contact Rebecca Haider at 218-685-8321 or