Cooperative Youth Conference

The Cooperative Youth Conference teaches high school students leadership skills and heightens their awareness about Georgia cooperatives and the cooperative way of doing business.

Students are nominated by a local cooperative manager, county extension agent, agricultural educator or home economics teacher to attend the five-day conference at the Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center.

Who May Attend

  • Youth with leadership abilities
  • Students who have completed freshman year of high school but not yet attending college
  • Participants who have not previously attended the conference

Cooperative Youth Conference Application
If you are interested in applying to attend the Cooperative Youth Conference, email Jordan Gilbert at JGilbert@SWGAFarmCredit.com or call 229.493.0141.

Sessions and Activities

Congressional Insight Game
Students will make decisions regarding staff, media, legislation and raising money with an eye to securing reelection. The game is designed to give participants a deeper understanding of why it’s so important to be involved in the political process.

Personality Assessments
A two-part activity where participants assess their personality and explore how they can best work with people who have different viewpoints.

Co-op Encounter
Students will get an in-depth look at local cooperatives: Staplcotn Cooperative, Southern States, Dairy Cooperatives, the Farm Credit System and the Georgia Cooperative Development Center.

Co-ops 101
A presentation and discussion about cooperative way of business, including history, organization, member benefits, opportunities and current issues.

Teamwork Activities
Activities that teach cooperative principles and the importance of being part of a team effort

Recreational Activities
Swimming, high rope obstacle course, miniature golf, canoeing and volleyball

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