NFU Youth Education Programs
Education is the foundation to prepare youth for engagement with communities, state, nation and world.
All-States Leadership Camp
Each summer, National Farmers Union (NFU) members ages 17-20, who have distinguished themselves as leaders, are given the opportunity to attend NFU’s All-States Leadership Camp. Youth come from across the United States to Bailey, Colorado, where they spend a week at the NFU Education Center, nestled among the peaks of the Rocky Mountains.
College Conference on Cooperatives
Every February, students attend the College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC). Sponsored in part by the CHS Foundation and CoBank, the event attracts participants from Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Montana and Colorado. The annual conference features presentations by cooperative leaders from all across the spectrum, and it is beneficial to both beginning students and to those with some previous co-op education.
NFU is proud to have collegiate chapters in several states. The young people involved have shown their leadership qualities along with their desire for meaningful and effective advocacy in their lives. As chapters are formed, and become recognized by their respective colleges, they are able to hold fundraisers, events and actively recruit members.
NFU’s Internship Programs offer real world work experience in NFU’s Washington, D.C., office. NFU’s Internships typically last two months and may be tailored to the career goals of the individual. Internship areas of interest include communications, cooperative development, economics, education, membership marketing, policy research and political science.
National Youth Advisory Council
The National Youth Advisory Council is elected each year by their peers during the NFU All-States Leadership Camp to representing thousands of Farmers Union youth across the country. These young adults hone their leadership skills at a session in Washington, D.C., staff and present at the Annual NFU Convention, and help plan the next year’s NFU All-States Leadership Camp.
Each year Farmers Union awards multiple scholarships to outstanding students enrolled in two-year or four-year colleges across the country.