(Pictured: Trainees model headlamps for finding their direction through the training)
Student State Officers of the FFA (formerly known as “Future Farmers of America”) from Maine and Vermont gathered at the University of Maine, Presque Isle on May 31-June 2, 2019 for a start-up leadership training conducted by Alex Morrissey, National FFA facilitator from Oregon.
During the 3-day “Base Camp” training, hosted by the University, core officers from both states discussed issues of personal development, stages of leadership, time management, and commitment to others. This event represented the first in a series of trainings intended to prepare the student officers to organize workshops and presentations for FFA student members throughout both states, as well as representing their organization to partners such as educators, state representatives, private companies, and legislators.
The Vermont contingency was led by Vermont FFA Executive Director, Suzanne Buck, and included their State President, Emily Jackson, and their State Treasurer, Brody King. The Maine group, under the supervision of Maine Department of Education State Advisor Doug Robertson, included State President Graham Berry, State Vice President Camryn Curtis, and State Secretary-Treasurer Ava Cameron.
Maine FFA includes nearly 500 members, representing students grades 7 to 12 enrolled in classes with curricular connections to agriculture and natural resources. At the National level, the FFA includes over 650,000 members and provides numerous career development, leadership training, travel, community service, recognition and scholarship opportunities.
For more information on starting an FFA chapter at your school, contact: Doug Robertson, State FFA Advisor, Maine Department of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org 207-624-6744.