Washington Leadership Conference

Alternative Locations

You said,
"Develop a similar program for the West Coast in order to keep costs down for West Coast travelers."

Our response:
We are currently looking into opportunities for a West Coast leadership conference. This work includes determining potential objectives and outcomes as well as activities, speakers, and workshops that would meet those objectives. We are collaborating with the National FFA Foundation to ensure funding and working to keep such a conference cost at a minimum for attendees.

Cost

You said,
"Provide a more cost-effective program."

Our response:
We have collaborated with the National FFA Foundation to obtain weekly sponsorship, lowering the student cost and increasing opportunities. We continue to work with the National FFA Foundation and National FFA Alumni Association to obtain more WLC scholarships. We're exploring lower cost options for meals, rooms, and meeting space when negotiating future hotel contracts. As a service to our participants. we provide information to state staff on how to organize a bus group, lowering travel costs for students and advisors.

Leadership Training

You said,
"Training should focus more on professional leadership and less on service-learning."

Our response:
We are rewriting the WLC curriculum for the 2012 through 2016 summers. We are collecting feedback from former staff, students, advisors and state staff regarding servant and personal leadership needs at WLC. We're working to incorporate this feedback into new curriculum by applying servant leadership modules to personal leadership skills outside the context of service. We're also researching up-to-date, outside resources on servant and personal leadership.

Tour Time

You said,
"Tour times needs to be increased by reducing workshop and hotel time."

Our response:
As stated above, we're rewriting the WLC curriculum for the 2010 through 2016 summers. We are currently researching tour options in Washington D.C., such as the Smithsonian museums and Mount Vernon, while keeping expenses to a minimum. We are also working to ensure there is no overlap of memorials and monuments the students visit from one day to the next.