Youth Leadership Education Council

Youth Leadership Students Participate in a Speech Contest Sponsored by the Florida Farm Bureau

Each year, the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Leadership Program sponsors a statewide youth speech contest. The contest has three levels of competition: county, district, and state. This year both South Walton High School and Walton High School Youth Leadership classes provided their students the opportunity to participate in the contest.  The participants were required to write and orally present a five minute speech on the important issue of food security in the United States and how Florida agriculture can continue to provide quality solutions for the future. 

Each school selected three students to participate in the county competition that was held on Wednesday, September 10th.  Matthew Majors, a 12th grader at WHS, was awarded first place and a $100 check.  He will represent Walton County at the district competition to be held Wednesday, September 17th at the Okaloosa County Farm Bureau office.  Meredith Ricks, a 10th grade student at WHS, won 2nd place along with $75. Colin Berry, an 11th grade student at SWHS, was awarded 3rd place and a $50 check. All of the participants should be congratulated as well as the winners because it took a great deal of courage to stand up and deliver a five minute speech.  Download full article below. 

Educating Youth Leadsership Walton Through Experience and Motivating Youth Leaders

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The Walton County School District is proud to announce Youth Leadership Walton in conjunction with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. The program will be in pilot schools beginning in January 2009. Many counties across the state of Florida and states across the nation are implementing quality Leadership Skills courses to promising high school students.


The purpose of the course is to provide an in-depth study of the leadership techniques of decision making, problem solving, meeting skills, communication, group conflict reduction, time and stress management, evaluation, team building, group dynamics, motivational strategy, and the role of leadership in a democratic society.


The Youth Leadership/Education Council creates a program to educate through experience and motivate our young leaders and enable them to take an active role in their community. This will result in strong leaders who have hope for the future and the tools to influence a positive and progressive community.


"The Youth Leadership Program is a great opportunity for our youth to gain knowledge, skills and hands-on learning opportunities in leadership and soft skills for employment," said Walton County School District Supt. Carlene Anderson. "The partnership with the school district and chamber is valuable in preparing our youth for today's job market. We are looking forward to this venture."


This committee also works to fully understand workforce needs through on-going identification and assessment of business sector workforce demands. The group serves as an advocate for the development of economically based solutions and facilitates appropriate training and education that will ensure the availability of a thoroughly qualified workforce.

For more information on becoming involved with our Youth Leadership/Education Council and program, contact Wendy Radke, Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, 850-267-0683 or