April 16, 2013 | 05:01 PMOn March 19, high school students from Big Foot High School attended the CO-OPS YES! Youth Leadership Conference in Eau Claire. This conference is designed for 10th through 12th graders to improve leadership skills and learn about cooperative networking.
Students attend many workshops designed to teach necessary skills and understanding of the foundation of a good cooperative.
The students designed a cooperative network of their own, expressing their creativity and using the knowledge they learned about different cooperatives near them.
This conference is facilitated by the high school students, the cooperative youth board.
Students can apply and go through the interview process to be selected as a member for next year's youth board.
This year, two of Big Foot FFA's own seniors, Brittany Rambatt and Michael Wicks, helped facilitate the conference.
They prepared by visiting several cooperatives all over the state and participating in video calls to help decide the details for the conference.
Rambatt and Wicks put the conference together and were key in making sure that the conference ran smoothly.
Big Foot FFA also took two members along with the hope that they too would be selected to help facilitate next year's conference. Dakota Turk, sophomore, and Hannah Loudenbeck, junior, made it through the interview process and were elected to the board.
This summer, Turk and Loudenbeck will also travel to cooperatives to learn about the cooperative business structure.
The Big Foot FFA chapter has always focused on enriching members with the skills needed to be the leaders of tomorrow.
With those skills, the members are able to share their knowledge with the community and continue to develop skills for the future.