Local FFA member receives personal leadership training

Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA member Faith Lange gets together with FFA officers at a Greenhand conference. From left, are Region VIII President Lafe Aarsvold of Plainview-Elgin-Millville, state Reporter Lauralee Eaton of Pine Island, Lange, state President Grayce Taylor of Randolph and state Secretary Laura Church of Randolph. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA member Faith Lange joined over 125 Minnesota FFA members gathered for the State Greenhand Leadership Conference (SGLC) at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack, Minnesota, from June 11 to 15 to develop leadership skills for their communities and home chapters.

The goal of State Greenhand Leadership Conference is to give personal mentoring to first- and second-year high school FFA members.  These members come from all corners of the state, represent unique sectors of agriculture and have been recognized as top leaders in their schools.

During the conference, students cover an array of topics during sessions that focus mostly on personal development. Goal setting, professional leadership and career exploration are just a few of the topics discovered during this five-day leadership camp.

 “The State Greenhand Leadership Conference is a great opportunity for students to not only grow themselves as leaders, but also to make connections with others around the state and develop their own network,” Minnesota FFA President Grace Taylor said. “Throughout the time at the conference, it was amazing to see how much students were willing to challenge themselves in sessions and activities in order to grow as people and as leaders.”

FFA members had the opportunity to connect with different individuals outside of sessions during fun activities such as volleyball, canoeing and hiking. Each night, the state officers shared personal reflections with the campers, and the final day wrapped up camp with a banquet, talent show and dance.

State Greenhand Leadership Conference serves the Minnesota FFA Association by building talented and young individuals. These members often go on to become chapter, region and state leaders within their FFA chapters and communities.

FFA is a national organization developing students’ potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education with more than 600,000 members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Minnesota FFA Association represents nearly 11,000 members and almost 200 high school chapters across the state.