10 Years of Youth Leadership
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever celebrated the 10th anniversary of its National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), a group of chapter-nominated kids ages 13 to 18 who serve as spokespersons on national issues regarding the outdoors and tout the efforts of its individual members for their work on conservation issues.
The NYLC was formed with a simple purpose: To identify young people within Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever communities who can serve as role models for the next generation on the topics of conservation and other outdoor-related activities. Members of the Council are sponsored by a local chapter and serve in their role until high school graduation, when new members take their spots.
"When we first formed the Council, I had no idea of the potential for young people to step up and be such valuable leaders for our organization," says Cheryl Riley, Vice President of Education and Outreach for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. "I have watched them become spokespersons for conservation in ways that adults cannot. It's their future, and they care about what happens to wildlife and to our natural resources. They give us all hope for the future."
In the past decade, we have helped develop more than 60 young conservation leaders who support the mission of the organization and encourage other young people to enjoy the outdoors.
Kayla Gadeken, a recent graduate of the Council from Seward, Nebraska, expressed her gratitude. "My time on the NYLC has been no less than spectacular," she says. "I've grown so much as a person in these past five years on the Council and will always cherish the memories made as part of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever."
Kayla is now pursuing her passion for conservation by studying wildlife management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The NYLC was the first of many programs launched to introduce young people to conservation and the outdoor lifestyle. In fact, we are now one of the leading conservation groups in the country working to promote the conservation leaders of tomorrow. In 2016 alone, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters set an organizational record for youth programs with 2,570 events held nationwide involving more than 147,000 kids and 46,000 adults.
Be a Part of Our Future
With a little planning, you can help us maintain and expand our habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs for years to come. Simply contact David R. Bue, Pheasants Forever Vice President of Development, at (218) 340-5519 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.