South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation recognizes community leaders of all ages through Farmers Union Youth Recognition Program and Rural Dakota Pride Awards.
The South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation believes strongly in keeping our youth active and awarding them for their hard work. With this philosophy in mind they have established a Senior Achievement Program. There are five levels of achievement that receive awards for leadership development projects completed by our youth. These projects are designed to help youth become leaders as well as learning to becoming mentors to those youth coming up in the youth program.
First Year Senior Achievement
Awards half payment to attend state camp for the following year.
Second Year Senior Achievement
awards a three-day educational legislative trip to Pierre to watch and learn about the legislative process as well as the history of South Dakota’s Capitol City.
Third Year Senior Achievement
This award combines both fun and education on a bus trip to Minneapolis, MN where the youth tour regional cooperative facilities and learn about a number of non agriculture cooperatives, such as REI (Recreation Equipment Cooperative) and a couple of food store cooperatives. While in the Twin cities, the youth may also visit Valley Fair, museums, Mall of America or tour other points of interest.
Fourth Year Senior Achievement
This award gives a senior youth the opportunity to attend National Farmers Union All-States Leadership Camp in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. All-States Leadership Camp gathers the dedicated “cream of the crop” in the Farmers Union youth program from all across the nation, for leadership, growth and development. Hands-on training and encouragement are taught here, to the future leaders of our organization, schools, churches and communities.
Fifth Year Senior Achievement
the highest honor bestowed upon young people within the Farmers Union is that of “Torchbearer”. These individuals are honored at the state convention and are eligible to represent South Dakota at the National Farmers Union Convention the following year.