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1 Youth Leadership Program Tulare County Farm Bureau Investing in today’s youth… Growing tomorrow’s leaders Tulare County Farm Bureau AFBF County of Excellence Award Winner

2 Youth Leadership Program Tulare County Farm Bureau Tulare County Farm Bureau’s Youth Leadership Program is an experiential leadership program designed to promote civic responsibility, develop leadership potential, provide an awareness about important agriculture issues,encourage agricultural career exploration, and foster community service opportunities for our future leaders. Annually 25 students from area high schools are chosen to participate, free of cost. Tulare County Farm Bureau funds the program through annual fundraising efforts, and has an operating budget of approximately $10,000. (This does not include staff time or administration, just programmatic costs).

3 Youth Leadership Program Tulare County Farm Bureau Core Objectives To provide a better awareness about agriculture in our community. To become more informed through increased knowledge and awareness about local and state government. To develop leadership skills through team building activities. To become more informed on how political decisions affect our communities and businesses. To explore the legislative and regulatory processes, and how they are influenced. To participate in community service and promote civic leadership opportunities. To engage elected officials and learn more about the political process. To promote careers in agriculture and related fields. To be better informed citizens. To make a difference in our rural communities.

4 Youth Leadership Program Tulare County Farm Bureau How it works… The Tulare County Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Program now in its 25th year is a unique opportunity for high school juniors to develop leadership skills through a variety of enrichment seminars, team building activities, university tours, community service and local and state government exploration. The program is open to juniors from throughout Tulare county’s public & private high schools. Our goal is to recruit two students from each high school and focus on applicants that need encouragement to step into leadership roles. Students are not required to be involved with agriculture or Farm Bureau but should possess leadership ambition and demonstrate an interest in learning more about agriculture. One student in each Youth Leadership Class will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship based on participation, attendance, leadership, and conduct during the program. Applications are due each year in May, and interviews are conducted with each candidate in June/July. The program runs September through May annually aligning with the regular academic school year.

5 Youth Leadership Program Tulare County Farm Bureau Seminar Program. Business Manners and Etiquette Training Students participate in an etiquette training seminar to refine their interpersonal and professional skills. Ropes Course & Team Building Hosted by Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, an overnight trip with a day-long Ropes Team Building Course along with a Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment and tour of the school of agriculture. Congressional Insight A computer simulation of political challenges that covers the 2-year term of office for a freshman member of Congress, hosted by Farm Bureau staff. Community Service Project Students participate in a County Sheriffs’ Department PAL’s Program to provide free clothing, food and gifts to needy children at Christmas. Agricultural Careers Panel Panelists representing diverse fields provide comments to the youth leaders about careers in agriculture County Government Land Use Study Members of the county Board of Supervisors conduct a ‘role play’ land use discussion using a local issue to teach about governance. Legislative Exploration & Visit to our State’s Capitol Students travel to Sacramento for an overnight trip to tour the state capitol, meet with legislators, state Farm Bureau staff, and tour UC Davis’ College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

6 Youth Leadership Program Tulare County Farm Bureau Leaders in Action Participating in a ROPES course to develop team building & leadership skills.

7 Youth Leadership Program Tulare County Farm Bureau Leaders in Action Community service activities provide our youth leaders with an opportunity to strengthen our rural communities.

8 Youth Leadership Program Tulare County Farm Bureau Leaders in Action Studying local government, pictured here meeting with County Supervisors

9 Youth Leadership Program Tulare County Farm Bureau Leaders in Action Interacting with State Farm Bureau Leaders and gaining insight into agriculture issues.

10 Youth Leadership Program Tulare County Farm Bureau Leaders in Action Studying how state elected officials represent their local constituents.

11 Youth Leadership Program Tulare County Farm Bureau Leaders in Action Visiting our state’s capitol and learning how to influence the political process.

12 Youth Leadership Program Tulare County Farm Bureau For more information… Tulare County Farm Bureau PO Box 748 Visalia, CA


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