From Cooperative Extension • University of Wisconsin Extension
Buffalo County UW-Extension, Courthouse, PO Box 276, Alma, WI 54610
Annie Lisowski, 4-H Youth Development Educator, 608-685-6256
UW-Extension Hosts YELL Conference
On Saturday, April 6th, over 50 area youth from eight counties across Western Wisconsin attended the 6th Annual YELL, or the Youth Engaged in Learning about Leadership, Conference. At YELL, youth had the opportunity to engage in fun and educational seminars, to network with other youth leaders, practice communication skills, develop technology management strategies, strengthen planning and organizing skills for transition to college, and learn more about decision making in youth-adult partnerships. YELL Leadership Conference coordinators, Annie Lisowski, Buffalo County 4 H Youth Development Educator and Laura Pettersen, Operation Military Kids State Project Director, were excited about the conference’s participation and are eager to see how young people in their county will utilize the knowledge and skills they learned.
Jason Hausler, Dunn County 4-H Youth Development Educator, Jackie Johnson, Chippewa County 4-H Youth Development Agent and Jill Hieptas, UW-Extension Broadband Specialist taught an interactive session on utilizing Google Applications for your success with your community organization. Marilyn Whalen, Interim Trempealeau 4-H Youth Development Agent, and teen leaders facilitated a seminar on parliamentary procedure. Alex Galston, Jackson County UW-Extension Americorps VISTA Associate, and Teens Against Bullying Others (TABO) students led a session on the curriculum they have developed to address bullying in their schools.
Many other UW-Eau Claire college students also taught sessions at YELL. The Mixed Martial Arts club, Irish Dancing Club, and Ping Pong Club each shared their passion with students in unique social seminars. Students also had the opportunity try their skill at the UWEC rock climbing wall and the indoor archery range.
One young person wrote of their experience at the leadership conference, “I learned how to better handle change that will benefit me in any situation.” Another wrote, “I learned how to use Google Drive and now I can use it for school.” One participant gained personal leadership skills: “I learned how to address a bully and always tell a parent or adult if someone is worrying me.” Many youth conference participants illustrated how the YELL conference strengthened their leadership skills.
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