Milbank FFA attends Washington Leadership Conference

Farm Forum

Milbank FFA Chapter Officers Anna Kurtz, Kayla Holtquist, Brianna Schrerus and Rebekah Tuchscherer attended the 2014 Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) on July 15-19. The Conference is an activity of the National FFA Organization sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The week long program helps FFA members to analyze their personal skills and interests, develop leadership skills and create a meaningful community-service plan that will make a difference in their home communities.

The Milbank FFA members spent a week under the guidance of educational professionals, counselors and professional FFA staff members. They attended workshops, seminars and small groups, FFA member focused on identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals and undergo comprehensive leadership training that will help them guide their local FFA chapters.

FFA members also analyzed needs of their communities back home develop a wide-ranging and high-impact community-service initiative and implement their plan with the help of their FFA chapter upon return home. FFA members in recent years have created food and clothing drives, volunteer campaigns, educational outreach initiatives and more.

During their time in Washington, FFA members experienced the history of the nation’s capital, touring landmarks including the, World War II Memorial, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol among others.

The conclusion of each weekly session of the Washington Leadership Conference was a Day of Service, during which FFA members worked together on a real, hands-on community-service project. On Saturday, FFA members distribute more than 57,614 meals for greater Washington, D.C.-area food pantries and for distribution to families in Nicaragua.