Register for Raising the Bar Conferences

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The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) hosts several leadership training sessions each year that encourage Angus youth to “raise the bar” for their state and regional junior associations. This spring, Raising the Bar conferences will be hosted at the University of Illinois and the University of Georgia.

“Raising the Bar conferences give youth a rare opportunity to tour a college town, the campus and have one-on-one time with professors to find out what their programs are all about,” says Jena Lee Wagner, former National Junior Angus Board (NJAB) member, and events intern for the American Angus Association. “It’s an experience a lot of people may not have when visiting universities.”

Made possible through financial support from the Angus Foundation, Raising the Bar is open to five state officers and two state advisors from each state in the region. The intensive leadership training encourages officers to work together to build stronger teams, as well as develop regional relationships for both youth and adults.

The tentative schedule for both conferences includes a campus tour, educational workshops, farm and ranch tours, as well as social activities and games. The University of Illinois event takes place March 19-22 in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., and participants will have the opportunity to visit Prairie View Farms, Topline Angus and Dameron Angus Farm.

The conference moves to the University of Georgia April 9-12 in Athens, Ga., and features Partisover Ranch, the CNN News headquarters, Coca-Cola and the one of world’s largest aquariums.

To participate, visit the NJAA website to download registration forms, which are due back Feb. 13 for the University of Illinois and Feb. 23 for the University of Georgia. The $100 registration fee covers lodging, conference meals and materials.

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