INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, March 27, 2014/National FFA Organization) – High school students from throughout the country will spend a week of their summer vacations undergoing training that will help them identify their strengths, establish personal goals and strengthen leadership skills.
More than 2,300 students and 250 teachers are expected to attend the National FFA Organization's 2014 Washington Leadership Conference. The annual conference, which dates back to 1969, includes seven, one-week sessions in Washington, D.C., from June through July.
Based at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, FFA members receive instruction and training led by education professionals, counselors and FFA staff. Through workshops, seminars and small groups, students will study best practices to advocate for agriculture and agricultural education and learn about the importance of valuing people, taking action and serving others.
New this year will be opportunities for students to engage representatives from sponsor companies CSX, Monsanto, TransCanada, Farm Credit and Crop Production Services to learn about their operations and discuss future career opportunities.
While in the nationâ€™s capital, students will tour Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol, Newseum, take a night tour of national monuments and visit the Smithsonian.
Students will also share needs of their respective communities and work together to create a community-service project that their FFA chapter can implement in their home towns.
The conclusion of each weekly session of the Washington Leadership Conference is a day of community service. Last year, students volunteered a combined 9,500 hours to pack and distribute educational resources to inner city schools. This was a special project in partnership with CSX and City Year.
Registration for the 2014 Washington Leadership Conference remains open for the weeks of July 15-20 and July 22-27. For more, visit
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization.
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About National FFA Organization The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is 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. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at
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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit