2010-04-24 / General Stories

Apply now for Texas Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Conference

Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) is providing Texas high school juniors and seniors with an opportunity to become leaders in their communities with the 47th annual TFB Youth Leadership Conference, set June 14-18 at Angelo State University in San Angelo.

“The goal of the conference is to promote patriotism along with responsibility and leadership,” said Kenneth Dierschke, Texas Farm Bureau president. “Our communities, state and nation need qualified leaders and the Youth Leadership Conference is helping to develop them.”

During the conference, students learn about capitalism and the free market system. They will see firsthand how the election process works by role-playing a member of the U.S. Congress. They will also participate in activities that allow them to develop professional etiquette skills.

The conference will feature motivational speakers from across the country as well as professional development speakers.

Incoming high school juniors and seniors will be selected and sponsored by their respective county Farm Bureau and must be in the top 30 percent of their class.

“We are really focusing on personal leadership this year,” said Coleburn Davis, conference coordinator. “We are not taking away from the other areas but we have seen a need to develop business etiquette and professionalism.”

Students who attend the conference will qualify to participate in the Free Enterprise Speech Contest. Thirteen district winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship as well as an expense paid trip to Waco to compete in the state contest. The top six contestants in the state will receive additional scholarships as well as an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Deadline for applications is April 30.

For more information contact your local county Farm Bureau or Coleburn Davis at cdavis@txfb.org or call (254) 399 - 5037.

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