Leading the Way in Texas for the Next 100 Years
By: Tobin Redwine & Kevin Andrews
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is working to improve the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education. This mission requires dynamic leaders and visionary individuals. These programs seek to prepare those leaders, and equip those individuals; all as a part of the mission of Texas A&M AgriLife extension.
V.G. Young Institute
The V.G. Young Institute of County Government works to meet the educational needs of county officials and the public by anticipating, identifying and addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by Texas county government. The Commissioners Court Leadership Academy meets that charge by building leadership skills and equipping county judges and commissioners to meet the needs of their counties and the people they serve. This two-year program includes three 3-day sessions and one 7-day session. Class V is currently in session, seeing participants learn leadership skills through sessions across the state and nation.
Texas Rural Leadership Program
The Texas Rural Leadership Program creates and delivers exciting, effective leadership development programs for rural Texas. Asset-based Community Leadership curriculum is employed to foster skills ranging from communications and group dynamics to planning community projects. The 2013 conference was held in Corpus Christi, TX.
Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership is a competitive leadership development program designed to encourage positive action on key issues, theories, policy and economics that will advance the agriculture industry. In the past year, Class XIII of the TALL program have visited California, New York, and Washington, D.C., to garner interactive leadership in action, and agricultural practices from around the country.
The San Antonio Livestock Exposition- Leadership Extension program seeks to provide a comprehensive leadership development program that will enable extension faculty to enhance their abilities to teach youth and adults leadership skills. In 2012-2013, the program curriculum featured sessions in College Station, Louisiana, Austin, and San Antonio. Sessions emphasized skill development in organizational leadership, critical issues and culture, contemporary Texas leadership issues, and the art of leadership.
The Texas 4-H leadership project helps young people learn and practice leadership life skills. Programs like Leadership Live and Leaders 4 Life work toward that mission and empower today’s youth. Learn about these specific programs and more below.
Texas Event Leadership Program
Texas Event Leadership Program is a benchmark professional development program that offers instructional modules covering a wide array of topics to address the needs of the festivals and events industry, as well as an invaluable opportunity to network with professional event organizers and experts. This award winning program for event manages and volunteers has been recognized three times by the International Festivals & Events Association.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension does not only provide education and resources for agriculture, natural resources, and healthy living, but also develops the human capital, leadership skills, and productive and engaged citizens who are able to create solutions for the future of Texas. As a future-oriented educational agency, emphasizes a self-help approach by enabling Texans to take individual and collective action for community problem solving.
14 in ’14 is a monthly series celebrating the centennial anniversary of the passage of the Smith-Lever Act, the legislation which created the national cooperative extension system. Each month we will feature people, programs, history, and ideas highlighting some of the unique accomplishments of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
14 in ’14 is a joint effort between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Organizational Development Unit and graduate students from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University, under the direction of Scott Cummings, Jeff Ripley, and Kevin Andrews.