FFA Students Learning in Washington, D.C.

FFA Students Learning in Washington, D.C.

FFA students learn to lead. FFA students learn to lead.

July 22, 2016

Thousands of FFA members are in Washington D.C. this summer, but not just to look at monuments – these students are learning about leadership, agriculture, and service. The annual Washington Leadership Conference, the second largest FFA event of the year, hosts more than 2,100 students, who learn life skills that will help them impact their surrounding communities.

Professionals, counselors, and FFA staff members are all part of the conference's instructional staff. Students also get the chance to develop a community-service initiative personalized to their hometown's needs. 

For some students, attending the Washington Leadership Conference is a family tradition. Marshall Gibbens, the Sargent FFA Chapter President from Nebraska, said, "I am the sixth person in my family to come to WLC. My dad went when he was in high school, my oldest brother went, and my other brother, my twin and I came." He is enjoying the conference and encourages other students to get involved. "It's just such a great thing, and I think all FFA members should get here."

Dynasty Brandon, an FFA student from Illinois, wants to encourage people in her community to think about where their food comes from. "When you're eating food every day, you don't think about ag; you just think about eating. I don't think everyone knows the important aspects of agriculture, and I think we need to advertise FFA a little more."

The California North Coast Region President, Genevieve Regli-Ferndale, is enjoying her experience, including the activities that have taken place outside of the classroom, such as visiting Congressmen and sightseeing. "We've been able to witness true service, whether it's by the U.S. Military or even if it's just visiting one of our Congressmen. Whatever it may be, World Leadership Conference is truly based on serving our country and community."

She sees the diversity that is represented at the conference and the exchange of ideas that takes place as a huge asset. "We can take those ideas of discovery from different chapters and different members home to our community, so we can make it the best possible."

The program wraps up July 30, 2016. 

RFD-TV's sister station, RURAL RADIO Channel 147 on SiriusXM, hosts a weekly radio show focusing on FFA. "FFA Today" is a program for the members, by the members.  We want to hear from chapters, advisors, alumni – whoever you are, you've got an FFA story of your own, and we want to help you tell it!  Send us your news, ideas, show or interview suggestions at FFAToday@ffa.org. Maybe you've even done your own interview, recorded your own chapter updates, or made a video of a recent FFA event. Send those as well, to FFAToday@ffa.org, and we'll get them on the air, so that everyone can know how you are Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.

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