Jeremy Smith and Cody Kemper of Putnam County recently returned from Quest, a “learn by doing” Ohio Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Conference designed specifically for those ages 12-14, at Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, Ohio.
Jr. High students from across Ohio attended this three-day conference, providing participants with building blocks for leadership development, interpersonal communication and confidence-building skills.
Youth enjoyed leadership workshops from Ohio Farm Bureau Organizational Directors Nick Kennedy, Betsy Anderson, John Fitzpatrick, and Jessica Hazel. The topics of discussion included leadership development, parent-teen relationships, citizenship, problem solving, the importance of leading by example and peer mentoring. Teen leaders also learned about the Ohio Farm Bureau and current agricultural issues.
To reiterate the importance of serving the community, youth organized a special book drive for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and made personal care packets for the Faith Mission in Columbus.
“It’s never too early to be a leader and we want to give these teens every opportunity to grow their skills,” said Darrell Rubel, Director of Leadership Development for the Ohio Farm Bureau. “We have a very strong tradition of supporting youth and leadership development. This program helps us give our junior highs more tools and ideas for developing their leadership potential and zest for life while they learn to reach out to form new friendship, relationships in agriculture, and build future leaders of Ohio agriculture. Being part of that change means starting today.”
The conference was sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation in cooperation with county Farm Bureaus.