The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association views mentorship as the key to developing young leaders within the beef sector.
With the help of the Youth Leadership and Mentorship program, a joint federal- provincial initiative under the umbrella of Growing Forward 2, the SSGA is offering five two-year mentorships for young producers with leadership goals.
“There are a lot of young people out there with energy and ideas,” said SSGA President Harold Martens. “With this opportunity to involve them in the Association and in the beef sector on a wider scale, there’s a greater probability that they’ll go on to be strong voices for our industry.”
The mentorship program will pay the costs of attending industry conferences and other events. Young participants will be paired with experienced mentors to develop their understanding of the industry and their ability to lead.
Young producers who wish to apply to the program must be between 18 and 39 years of age, must have clear leadership goals and directives and must be active producers who show leadership potential.
Martens encourages eligible producers and potential mentors to contact the SSGA office. “We plan to draw on the skill and experience of our members to develop the next generation of industry leaders,” he said.
The SSGA is a province-wide member driven advocacy organization representing independent, self-reliant cattle producers’ interests for 100 years. The SSGA advocates through education, communication, and research for an economically and environmentally sustainable cattle industry where cattlemen are free to do business– within a free and open marketplace, free from industry limiting laws and regulation.
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