LEWISBURG, WV (04/22/2011)(readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia in partnership with S.J. Neathawk Lumber has created a youth leadership council. According to State Fair manager Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, “We have been working on this idea for a couple of years and are pleased that S.J. Neathawk Lumber has joined us in this very important effort. Our goal is to further engage our state’s youth in the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment and education while broadening their leadership and organizational skills. S.J. Neathawk is a family run company that has a strong history of supporting youth and this is their way of ensuring strong youth leaders for the future.”
Council members will be expected to complete a minimum number of volunteer hours that tie into the preparation and execution of the annual fair, develop programs and events that promote the State Fair Endowment as well as to challenge their leadership and organizational skills. Youth Council members will also have opportunities to be involved in promotional events that support the fair throughout the year.
The Youth Leadership Council is open to youth ages 15 through 21 and members are selected through an application and interview process. There are seven available seats with three seats going to State Fair scholarship winners. Once selected, members will participate in business meetings, planning meetings and serve on committees. During the Fair, members will coordinate with Staff, Board Members, and Volunteers to gain hands-on Fair experience.
Applications can be found at statefairofwv.com or by phoning the State Fair at 304-645-1090. Deadline for application for 2011 is May 15th.