Twelve Aurora FFA Chapter officers recently attended the annual LEAD training held in Neosho at Crowder College. The LEAD (Learn, Educate, Advance and Develop) training is designed to help prepare each officer team for their term of service for the 2017-2018 school year.

Through interactive workshops, the facilitators encouraged the officer teams to reach outside their comfort zone to provide leadership opportunities for their local chapters. The officers were provided team-building and bonding opportunities, the opportunity to increase their knowledge about advocating for agriculture and agricultural education, work on their chapters Program of Activities, guidelines for leading a chapter meeting, and help with planning an FFA event.

Participants also had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions on leading a meeting, planning events, and more in depth knowledge on advocating. The choice to become active team members and make a positive difference in the lives of local FFA members, school and community was evident within each officer team.

These conferences are sponsored by the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund and were held May 30 through June 2 throughout the state.

The FFA is a national youth organization of over 649,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 342 chapters and more than 26,000 members in Missouri. The FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.