Junior Leader Workshop (JLW)-“Team JLW” was held Oct. 17-18 at Faith Haven Camp near Battle Lake. This camp is designed to inspire and enable each participant to uncover unique abilities, develop greater confidence and master strategies for success as a leader in their 4-H program. It is essential for the future of our rural communities to develop leaders to become productive and contributing individuals. Fifty-two youth in grades 6-9 attended, representing 10 county and tribal 4-H programs.
Youth participants are part of different planning committees. These committees 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. Committee members plan activities and implement them throughout the camp. Committees are guided by Continuing Committee Members (CCMs) who were chosen after last year’s JLW through an application process.
West Otter Tail County 4-H had 12 youth attending: Claire Metzger, Daniel Herron, Chase Magnuson, Natalie Bergem, Caden Meek, Carlie Poser, Andrea Phillips, Allison Phillips, Bethany Danielson, Madison Pesek, Kolby Peters and Finn Stewart.
In addition to working in their committees youth took part in workshops to further develop their leadership skills. Workshops included: “Real Colors” personality workshop presented by Cindy Bigger, “Follow the Leader,” “Service Learning vs. Community Service,” team building, and more.
For information about 4-H contact Tammy Nordick at 218-998-8760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.