28 youth leaders throughout Minnesota will represent 4-H over the next year.

West Otter Tail County’s Elizabeth Bergem and Daniel Ukkelberg Selected as Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors


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Elizabeth Bergem and Daniel Ukkelberg and 26 other outstanding Minnesota 4-H youth have been selected as Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors for 2016-17. Elected through a meticulous selection process by 4-H adults and youth, this year’s group of state ambassadors will serve as spokespeople for the youth development organization, representing more than 65,000 of their 4-H peers throughout Minnesota.


The Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador Program began in 1968 and over 1000 youth have participated since its founding. Throughout the year, state ambassador responsibilities include:


  • Educating youth and adults about the importance of youth development, leadership, citizenship, service, teamwork, and other invaluable life skills.


  • Teaching and facilitating hands-on workshops and trainings at the local, county, regional, and state levels.


  • Appearing at various events, including the Minnesota State Fair, where they serve as goodwill volunteers, greeting thousands of visitors to the 4-H Building and helping 4-H youth throughout their stay as fair exhibitors.


  • Planning and implementing various local, regional, and statewide 4-H leadership events such as the annual 4-H Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) and 4-H Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out loud! (YELLO!) youth leadership conferences.


The state ambassadors began the year with a three-day orientation at the University of Minnesota to learn about roles and responsibilities, media/public communications, leadership core skills, program priority areas, and to identify some of their personal strengths as leaders.


Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador Elizabeth Bergem, daughter of Dan and Amy Bergem from Fergus Falls, has just completed the 11th grade at Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls. Lizzie has been a 4-H member of the Fergus 4-H Club in West Otter Tail County for 8 years.



Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador Daniel Ukkelberg is the son of Todd and Liz Ukkelberg of Clitherall, and has just completed the 11th grade at Battle Lake Senior High School. Dan has been a 4-H member of the Eagle Lake 4-H Club in West Otter Tail County for 12 years.



To learn more, contact Jacquie Lonning at jlonning@umn.edu or Tammy Nordick, West Otter Tail County 4-H Program Coordinator at nordi012@umn.edu or go to: www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-H/projects/leadership/ambassadors/.



About Extension 4-H: Minnesota 4-H is a youth development program available throughout Minnesota for youth grades k-1 year after high school. 4-H’s hands-on learning model helps youth obtain essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, coping and communicating that prepare them to succeed in their school, college, community and careers. Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H have better grades and are more emotionally engaged with school, are more than twice as likely to be civically active and contribute to their communities, and are 47% less likely to have risky or problem behaviors.

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