AFR/OFU Names Youth Advisory Board for 2014-2015Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:00:42 CDT
American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) announced its 2014-2015 Youth Advisory Council at the organization's recent annual Senior Leadership Summit Reception.
The Council consists of high school juniors and seniors representing AFR/OFU youth from across the state. Members of the 2014-2015 Council are Sarah Stoll, Indiahoma; Laura Wood, Vinita; Megan Trantham, Boise City; Brynn Danker, Wellston; and Hallie Barnes, Porter.
Council members participate in agriculture-based service projects throughout the year and assist in planning many AFR/OFU Youth Program activities. They also facilitate AFR/OFU events and act as mentors for younger Oklahoma youth.
"AFR/OFU is proud to invest in the future of Oklahoma through these young people," said AFR/OFU President Terry Detrick. "Our leadership summit and the AFR/OFU Youth Council demonstrate that investment across Oklahoma."
The AFR/OFU Youth Advisory Council is selected at the organization's annual Senior Leadership Summit. The selection process includes a written application, an interview conducted by a panel of AFR/OFU members and leadership professionals and a speech given in front of the candidates' peers. In addition to interview and application scores, a vote based on personal relationships is cast by students attending Summit, allowing all attendees to be involved in the selection process.
AFR/OFU Senior Leadership Summit develops leadership skills in junior high and high school youth that will prepare them for future educational and professional experiences. Attendees learn such skills as setting and achieving short- and long-term goals and working in teams. They also learn the value of personal responsibility, respect for their peers and many other positive attributes.
"The AFR/OFU Leadership Summit is an excellent way for the youth of Oklahoma to learn skills that will benefit them in their futures," said AFR/OFU President Terry Detrick. "We are proud to invest in the future of Oklahoma through these young people. This is just one way of demonstrating that investment in communities across our state."
The theme for this year's Summit was "Currents of Change." The theme reflected the new direction for the Summit and encouraged attendees to become involved in their communities and in the lives of others through team-building and cooperation exercises.
Leadership Summit is divided into two sessions. All Oklahoma students entering grades 7-9 are eligible to attend the AFR/OFU Teen Leadership Summit. AFR/OFU Senior Leadership Summit is offered to students entering grades 10-12.
AFR/OFU provides the youth of Oklahoma many opportunities to develop into the leaders of tomorrow. Leadership Summit is just one of several exciting AFR/OFU Youth Program traditions. The organization also hosts a poster contest, an agricultural achievement contest, fall speech contests, statewide scholarships, livestock handling and skills contests, livestock judging and grading competitions and many other leadership opportunities.
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