Farm Credit Affiliation
Farm Credit Illinois
Kirsten and Alyssa's Perspective
Together, Kirsten Kapraun and Alyssa Garner maximize their leadership and team-building potential in a variety of ways. Since freshman year of high school, the two have worked as contest leaders, community service chairs, and currently as co-presidents and youth mentors for their FFA chapter.
“Working together as a team has allowed us to increase our scope and with it our abilities as individual leaders,” say Kirsten and Alyssa. “Having the opportunity to advocate for agriculture as a student, community member and FFA leader while at the same time demonstrating to other members the responsibilities and qualities a leader should possess has been an empowering experience.”
These two engaged young women have spearheaded five food drives, a coat drive, an animal shelter project and a military magazine drive. In their proactive approach, Kirsten and Alyssa identify a need, establish a committee, set a goal list, and complete the task with efficiency and determination.
As student mentors, they have had a positive impact on younger students who enter the school’s agricultural program, helping them find a place where they can feel comfortable and instilling a passion to educate their community about agriculture and FFA’s purposes.
“The curiosity and drive our members have developed for agriculture is the driving force that inspires us to push ourselves to be successful leaders,” they say. “Our members are the backbone of our great chapter, making our voice for agriculture a little louder, and making our leadership experience enjoyable and powerful.
Kirsten and Alyssa are each planning to study Agricultural Education, seeking careers where they will make a larger impact in agriculture by providing a positive influence on lives of their future agricultural students.
“We believe that agriculture will continue to be the most important industry that this world will ever embrace,” they say.
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