||WHAT IS THE JOB
DESCRIPTION OF A YOUTH LEADER?
Written by Cindy Kinard, Youth Leader Florida
A leader is an everyday person with a genuine desire to teach
others about the poultry fancy. They should be able to maintain
records. They should have the ability to work with other group
leaders such as 4-H, FFA and county and state fair small animal
directors. (These group leaders are already in place for the
most part and only need to be educated about the fancy.)
should be able to attend several shows, county fairs and state
fairs within their own state and to generally be available for
Should group leaders need help locating birds for their
youngsters to show.match them up with reputable breeders.
Does the county fair director need to know how to set up an
attractive poultry area...share ideas with them.
group needs to learn poultry basics...conduct a clinic or teach
their leader. The list could go on and on.
To put it another way; the Standard of Perfection for judging
youth leaders is as follows:
Face: Always smiling and alert, without tendency to get hackles
raised or use spurs.
Hands: Working (no cuts for being dirty).
Weight: All sizes and weights are accepted.
Breed & Variety: There will be various shapes, types and
colors...being distinctive is encouraged.
All are shown with defects and the only DQs are mean spirited
Rewards: The reward is always the Super Grand Champion feeling
that comes with the knowledge that you have succeeded
in helping others.
If your state does not have a leader, consider doing it. There
are still some states that have not located a youth
leaving the youth exhibitors with the support of their local 4-H
or FFA leaders only, but no direct contact with the fancy. You
could be the missing link in the chain that would connect local
youth with the national organization and give them the support
they need to be successful in their hobby.
If a youth representative is already in place, you may still be
an associate leader or offer your assistance to any of the
already in place.
Want suggestions? Hatch chicks for 4-H or FFA children,
volunteer to teach a seminar or clinic or to assist in teaching
at a clinic, take some kids to a show, become a tester for the
youth program. Set up a table at a show or fair, demonstrate how
to build cages for a group, incubate eggs for the fair, sponsor
awards at a fair, donate a little time at a fair.
While a few hours of our time, a few dollars, a few eggs, chicks
or birds may not seem like much to us, they can make a huge
difference in the life of a child.
You can be make this difference!!