• Conservation Corps

    Conservation Corps

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  • Natural Resources Camp

    Natural Resources Camp

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  • Technology and Trades on the Prairie

    Technology and Trades on the Prairie

    At the Career Institute, students gained an awareness of the careers in technology and trades in Southwest Minnesota through hands on learning. Students were also connected with the area businesses offering these careers

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  • University on the Prairie

    University on the Prairie

    University on the Prairie immerses students entering grades 7-freshman in college in three days of hands-on activities that show you what you can do with a science education.
    You will explore science-based career opportunities related to Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental & Agricultural Science, Food Science, and Health Science each day.
    By conducting experiments, participating in hands-on labs, and learning new skills from professionals working in science fields, you will increase your understanding of science and find out what potential career options interest you most!
    All University on the Prairie activities take place in the classrooms, labs and the great outdoors at the Southwest Research & Outreach Center facilities.

    Each career track is led by enthusiastic faculty from the Univ. of MN, SDSU, SWROC staff, graduate students and industry professionals who are highly skilled in their field. These instructors gladly share stories about their own experiences and answer questions on how to get into certain career fields.

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  • U.S. Senate Youth Program

    U.S. Senate Youth Program

    The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students. Each year, two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity spend a week in Washington, D.C., experiencing their national government in action.

    During Washington Week, students will attend briefings and meetings with several senators, the president of the United States, a justice of the Supreme Court, secretaries of the Cabinet, an ambassador to the United States, other federal agency leaders, and senior members of the national media. Each speaking event includes a substantial question-and-answer session, allowing the students direct and personal interaction with the high-level leadership. This in-depth exposure is what fuels and sustains the students’ commitment to making a difference in their country, communities and schools.

    In addition, each delegate will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship. The Hearst Foundation provides all transportation, hotel and meal expenses.

    The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) administers this program in Minnesota. Principals nominate students; one student per school will be considered. Interested? Students may complete the application on this page or check with their high school counselor to learn more about the program.

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  • National Youth Leadership Training

    National Youth Leadership Training

    Join the National Youth Leadership Council for a four-day immersive leadership camp that activates young people to address today’s most pressing challenges and create impactful change. It’s a different kind of summer camp, powering a generation of leaders.

    What You Do at NYLT:

    Stay Engaged in meaningful activities.
    Experience Discomfort by pushing your boundaries, from a ropes course to difficult conversations about power and privilege.
    Speak Your Truth about your own story and recognize the knowledge and expertise you already have.
    Listen Generously to different perspectives and personal experiences.

    What You Get from NYLT:

    The ability to work together with people of all backgrounds.
    Allies to support your leadership development and service-learning action plan.
    The tools and knowledge to create equitable change in your community.
    Motivation to take action for the common good.

    This leadership opportunity is open to both youth (entering grades 9-12 ) and adults. Adult partners are invited to join their team the final two days of the training.

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  • Rural Electric Youth Tour

    Rural Electric Youth Tour

    open to 10th and 11th graders. The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. for a week in June every year since the late 1950s. Students apply and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. We believe that students should see their nation’s capital up close, learn about the political process and interact with their elected officials.

    Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their Representative and Senators. While student groups are organized at the state level, they all come together for Youth Day, where they get to meet each other and hear featured speakers who provide insight to the important roles electric cooperatives play in their communities.

    Nearly 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this program. Some of our Youth Tour alumni have gone on to design airplanes, to lead companies and to serve in the highest ranks of our government, including the U.S. Senate. Don’t be surprised if you run into a former Youth Tour participant who is a congressional aide on Capitol Hill. While several of our alumni work in Washington, you will find even more alumni in your own community.

    If you want to be part of this fun (free!) week in Washington, please contact your local electric cooperative for additional information.

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  • Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program

    Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program

    open to juniors.
    Throughout the course of their week in Saint Paul, High School Page Program participants are exposed to a wide variety of experiences, designed to provide them with a deep understanding of our state government.


    Among the many highlights included in each student's week at the Capitol are:

    Individual meetings with legislators designed to allow students to discuss the issues that matter most to them.
    Experiencing the legislative process firsthand by assisting members during legislative session.
    Participating in a mock committee session designed to develop students' leadership skills and to inspire them to think critically about the issues confronting our state.
    Providing students with the opportunity to meet with constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, lobbyists, and members of the media.

    Students should expect to participate in scheduled program activities from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00am to 12:30pm on Friday.

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  • Hoby Minnesota

    Hoby Minnesota

    Wondering what HOBY is like? Below is the video from the 2014 HOBY Minnesota Seminar which took place in June at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

    Each year, HOBY Minnesota brings together high school sophomores from all over the state together for a 3-day leadership seminar. We bring in these young students not to become leaders, because we believe they are already leaders; instead, we bring these ambassadors together to help them grow in their leadership journey, and find out what type of leader they are.

    The seminar is broken up into three phases, each phase based on the Social Change Model of Leadership. The first phase, individual leadership, focuses on the talents that each ambassador has within them, and how they can use these talents. The second phase, group leadership, focuses on each ambassadors place within a group, and how they can use their talents within a group to accomplish a common goal. The third and final phase, societal leadership, focuses on how the ambassadors can use their talents to create change in their communities and in the world. Along with these three phases, we have a community service project that we perform during the seminar that allows ambassadors to see how their talents can be put into action.

    After HOBY, we ask all of our alumni to complete 100 hours of volunteer work in their communities in something we call Leadership for Service. Alumni have the opportunity to log these hours online, and since 2008, our alumni have performed thousands of hours of community service all across Minnesota. This commitment we ask our alumni to make is not a one year commitment, but a commitment for life.

    Since HOBY Minnesota's inception, we have had many amazing stories of young alumni doing outstanding things within their community. From collecting thousands of socks for the homeless, setting up charity events for a friend in need, to bringing a young boy from Taiwan for a major surgery, our alumni have done tasks that gre

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  • Minnesota Business Venture

    Minnesota Business Venture

    Do you have the next great business idea? Do you want to meet people who will help you learn about careers? Are you in high school? Attend Minnesota Business Venture 2018!

    Learn how to create your own business at BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) program! MBV is a week-long, residential summer program that brings 9-12th grade students together to learn about leadership, business, financial literacy, and career options. Students spend a week on campus at St. Cloud State University or St. John’s University to experience college life firsthand. Resident Business Leaders, speakers, mock interviewers and other volunteers mentor and guide students through the week’s activities, including creating a business plan in a group, or “company.”

    This is perfect for students seeking career direction, planning on starting a business, and interested in meeting new people. MBV looks great on resumes and college applications! 99% of all students who attended in 2017 would recommend MBV to a friend!

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  • American Legion Boys State

    American Legion Boys State

    Minnesota American Legion Boys State is a week-long experience of learning about Minnesota government at the local, county and state levels by "doing". It is a week of intensive study and involvement. The participants will actually organize and participate in the various levels and branches of government in addition to participating in athletics, music, writing for the newspaper or holding leadership positions across all levels of the program. Every boy will participate in the process of city, county and state government. Minnesota Boys State is a program for young men who have just completed their junior year of high school. Highlights of the week include political speakers, mock trials, campaigning, elections, and announcement of the Boys State Governor and State Constitutional Officers.

    Unlike a summer or recreational camp, Minnesota Boys State is a week of studying and learning by involvement. However, we do have fun times, too. To illustrate this point, included in this mailing is a schedule of a typical day's activities so you may see the type of program that is promoted and the pace expected to the citizens. The citizens also have the opportunity for group living. For many, it will be their first exposure to dormitory living and sharing a room. Meals are served cafeteria style. This is quite different from their home environment. This week will be a good preview of college dorm life. The citizens have both an opportunity and a responsibility. The opportunity is one of participating in a program of government with hundreds of other young men from throughout Minnesota. The responsibility is not only spending the week learning as much as he can, but also taking this knowledge and experience back into his school and his community, using it and sharing it with others. If you have any questions concerning Minnesota American Legion Boys State, please contact State Headquarters or your local American Legion Post.

    Our staff is an all volunteer organization comprised

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  • American Legion Girls State

    American Legion Girls State

    For the past 69 years, the American Legion Auxiliary has sponsored and operated the American Legion Auxiliary Minnesota Girls State Program. This program is for girls from around the entire state who have completed their junior year in high school. It is an interactive program teaching Minnesota government on how to form city, county and state government offices. They vote for and carry out elected and appointed positions in government. This program gives participants the experience of living together as self-governing citizens with the privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship, plus gaining knowledge of the American Legion Auxiliary

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