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A weekend at LDC

Anna Soltis
Grand County, CO Colorado

What does it take to become a successful businessperson? What skills are needed?

The answers to these questions are what 4-Hers ages 14 to 19 learned at the annual Colorado Leadership Development Conference (LDC) held at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. From January 22-24, 4-Hers from all over the state spent a fun, eventful weekend listening to speakers and putting their leadership skills and creativity to work.

The first day, about 200 teens were assigned to different groups or “think tanks.” Each day, they worked with their group to come up with a product, a marketing scheme, and a way to present it to a team of judges on the last day.

Among the interesting results were a solar-powered, automatic heating and cooling steering wheel; a store that allowed you to design your own cowboy boots; a small touchpad/personal computer for students that replaced notepads; a water irrigation system for farmers; and, an ultimate electronic health chip used to monitor a person’s health status.

On the last day the different groups presented their products to the judges. “Most Innovative” went to the touchpad for students; “Most Investible” went to “Build-a-Boot,” and “Best Presented” went to the “Water Irrigation Plan.”

At a formal banquet Saturday evening, a guest speaker spoke about entrepreneurship and the need for the right, positive attitude. Also, a young woman, Susan Kaysa, gave a presentation about her experience in England and Ireland through the International 4-H Youth Exchange Student program.

4-H Day at the Capitol was on Monday morning. 4-Hers visited the Capitol and heard a resolution read in the Senate. They then met with their respective state representatives. Members from Grand County were able to eat lunch with their state representative, Randy Baumgardner and ask him questions about politics and government.

Although busy, it was an educational, fun-packed weekend – one that many 4-Hers will remember for years to come.

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