FFA Students Attend Washington Leadership Conference | News
Northeast-Bibb FFA chapter members and thousands of FFA members from throughout the country gathered in Washington, D.C., this summer to analyze their personal skills and interests, develop leadership skills and a create a meaningful community service plan that will make a difference in their home communities.
More than 1,800 students attended the 2013 Washington Leadership Conference, the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts each year. The officers from the Northeast-Bibb FFA chapter who attended the Washington Leadership Conference were: N’Yirah Renfroe and Erin Newark, along with former Area 1 officer Dakota Martin.
FFA members spent a week under the guidance of educational professionals, counselors and professional FFA staff members. In workshops, seminars and small groups, students focused on identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals and underwent comprehensive leadership training that will help them guide their local FFA chapters.
Students also analyzed the needs of their communities back home, developed a wide-ranging and high-impact community service initiative, and implemented their plan with the help of their FFA chapter upon their return home. Students in recent years have created food and clothing drives, volunteer campaigns, educational outreach initiatives, and more.
“Students who attend the Washington Leadership Conference learn their purpose, how to value people, how take action and the importance of serving others,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong. “They leave with the knowledge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, communities, and their country.”
During their time in Washington, FFA members experienced the history of the nation’s capital and toured landmarks including the Washington Monument, War Memorial, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, and the U.S. Capitol. Many students also arranged meetings with members of Congress.
Agricultural education teachers attended the Washington Leadership Conference as well, learning how to motivate and help develop their students’ personal growth and leadership potential and how they can help maximize their local FFA chapters’ community-service initiatives throughout the year.
The 2013 National FFA Organization's Washington Leadership Conference was sponsored through the National FFA Foundation by title sponsors Monsanto and CSX and by weekly sponsors TransCanada, Crop Production Services, Farm Credit and CHS.