Iowa youth ages 13-17 will have the opportunity to improve their leadership skills and meet other teens from across the county at this year's "Step Up To Leadership" session, Sunday, January 30 from 2-4 p.m. at the Storm Lake AEA Meeting Room.
The Buena Vista County Extension Office has registered many teens to take part in the event.
Participants will experience intensive leadership training through hands-on activities led by Carol Ehlers, Iowa State University Extension youth and 4-H Area Specialist and State 4-H Council members, Lauren Collins and Ryan Voyles both of Sac City. Youth leaders will use the concepts learned during the January session in a hands-on activity course that includes building a Mr. Potato Head Leader, walking the Tightrope and manning Responsibility Balloons. They will use leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills to finish the course together.
Previous participants describe "Step Up To Leadership" experience as 'strengthening,' 'fun' and 'incredible.' 4-H members who serve in leadership roles such as County Youth Council, or are 4-H Club Officers or who are Intermediate/Senior level may participate. However, the seminar is limited to the first 25-30 youth who register.
State 4-H Council Members Lauren Collins and Ryan Voyles both agreed when asked about the impact of such leadership training, "By providing young people with these opportunities, not only will they gain the skills and confidence needed to be leaders, but their schools, communities and organizations will benefit from the additional available leadership."
The Buena Vista Extension Iowa 4-H Youth "Step Up To Leadership" seminar was created to provide and implement educational opportunities for youth to learn and practice leadership skills.