Illinois Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Seeking Youth Ambassadors
Illinois youth ages 10-17 are eligible, applications due by September 1, 2009.
Springfield, Ill. – -(AmmoLand.com)- Illinois Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) are looking for interested youth to participate in the first-ever Illinois PF/QF Youth Leadership Council. Twelve youth (ages 10-17) with an interest in hunting, fishing and the outdoors will be selected to serve as youth ambassadors on a variety of conservation issues.
The 12-member Illinois PF/QF Youth Leadership Council will be modeled after the PF/QF National Youth Leadership Council, a 20-member group of youth from around the country who are spokespersons for their age group on hunting and conservation issues and advise PF/QF on youth programs. Youth selected to the Illinois PF/QF Youth Leadership Council will receive leadership and communications training to help them serve as liaisons with not only other youth groups (4-H, National FFA Organization), but with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and elected officials.
“Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have made a commitment to the next generation of conservationists through its No Child Left Indoors® initiative, and the creation of an all-Illinois youth leadership council will reinforce that commitment in this state,” said Aaron Kuehl, Illinois PF/QF Director of Conservation Programs, “The creation of this council also dovetails perfectly with the Department of Natural Resources’ identified focus of youth hunter/angler recruitment.”
Youth ages 10-17 are eligible to serve on the Illinois PF/QF Youth Leadership Council, and interested youth must complete an application to be considered. A downloadable application form is available here. Applications are due by September 1, 2009. Twelve youth will then be selected based on their applications (consideration also being given to representing the state geographically, as well as representing ages). Applicants will be notified of their selection to the council by October 1, 2009.
Illinois is home to 46 Pheasants Forever chapters, 13 Quail Forever chapters and 9,000 PF/QF members. For more information about PF/QF in Illinois, visit www.illinoispf.org or contact Aaron Kuehl, Illinois PF/QF Director of Conservation Programs at (217) 635-5207 or via email at [email protected]
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. PF/QF has 130,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.
For additional information please visit www.PheasantsForever.org and www.QuailForever.org