Ohio Farm Bureau hosting Youth Leadership Conferences this summer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Ohio teens are invited to join together for a unique set of summer leadership conferences sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).

Each conference will provide opportunities for youths to bond and build quality leadership, teamwork and communications skills.  The programs change yearly to provide youths with a new set of leadership skills and experiences each time they attend.

Quest, for ages 12 to 14, will be held July 18-20 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.  Participants will learn basic leadership skills based on confidence, self image, attitude, friendship, family and character.  Registration is $150 per person.  The deadline to register is July 1.

Higher Ground, for ages 14 to 18, will also be held at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.  From June 13-18, teens discover creativity, leadership and teambuilding skills through hands-on workshops and activities.  This year’s workshops focus on goal setting, accountability, time management, dealing with conflict and becoming a positive influence. Teens will also participate in a mock legislature and confidence-building electives that build teamwork and creativity. Past electives have included public speaking, interviewing and resume writing, digital photography, a defensive driving course and self-defense.  Registration is $250 per person.  The deadline to register is June 1.

Fees for both programs include more than 20 workshops, electives, meals, lodging and a T-shirt.“Our goal is to prepare teens for leadership excellence,” said Darrell Rubel, director of leadership development for Ohio Farm Bureau.  “Teens will learn that they can have a strong and positive impact now and don’t have to wait until adulthood to have an influence. When they own that idea, the results are amazing.”

To register, contact your county Farm Bureau office or download a registration from the Quest or Higher Ground event listing at www.ofbf.org and send it to your county Farm Bureau office.  Youths must be from OFBF member families to attend and many counties offer scholarships to attend.

Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization with more than 234,000 member families.  For more information on how to become a Farm Bureau member, visit www.GrowWithFB.org.

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