Four members of the Sleepy Eye FFA attended the State Greenhand Leadership Conference (SGLC) at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, near Hackensack, June 12 to 16.

Over 150 Minnesota FFA members gathered for the State Greenhand Leadership Conference (SGLC) at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, near Hackensack, from June 12 to 16 to develop leadership skills for their communities and home chapters. Members who attended from the Sleepy Eye FFA chapter included Cali Rossbach, Kathryn Schroepfer, Maranda Braulick and Martina Nienhaus.

The goal of SGLC is to give personal mentoring to first-year high school FFA members. These members come from all corners of the state, represent unique sectors of agriculture and have been recognized as top leaders in their schools.

During the conference, students cover an array of topics during sessions that focus mostly on personal development. Goal setting, professional leadership and career exploration are just a few of the topics discovered during this five-day leadership camp.

“The State Greenhand Leadership Conference was my very first, and it was absolutely amazing, being filled with valuable relationships, and fun activities,” said Katie Benson, Minnesota FFA President. “Throughout our time at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, we had engaging sessions, competitive team activities and learned some great skills and activities to take back to our home chapters.”

FFA members had the opportunity to connect with different individuals outside of sessions during fun activities such as volleyball, canoeing and hiking. Each night, the state officers shared personal reflections with the campers, and the final day wrapped up camp with a banquet, talent show and dance.

SGLC serves the Minnesota FFA Association by building talented and young individuals. These members often go on to become chapter, region and state leaders within their FFA chapters and communities.

Sleepy Eye FFA member, Kathryn Schroepfer, said, “At SGLC, I learned that there is more to people than meets the eye and to be a leader you have to accept everyone and their own strengths.” Maranda Braulick added, “I learned about SAEs and CDEs as well as leadership skills. I also learned how to get out of my comfort zone more, and to be a proud FFA member.”

This leadership conference was made possible with financial contributions from the CHS Foundation, Northland Ford Dealers and Dr. Curtis Youngs as a special project of the Minnesota FFA Foundation.