Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow

The Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow (TBLT) Program, managed by Texas CattleWomen, Inc., provides opportunities for youth to educate consumers and students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship practices of the beef industry. Beef Leaders share the beef production story with consumers and students through promotion, education, media and online outreach. Working together as the Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Team, Beef Leaders advocate on behalf of the beef industry as they develop skills of leadership, communication and self-confidence.

Selection of members for the 2018 Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Team is a two-part process.   Interested youth may submit the attached application for review and consideration. Eligible candidates must be 17-24 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Participants or their families do not need to be actively involved in the beef industry or belong to Texas CattleWomen or any other agricultural organization. Applicants must complete the Masters of Beef Advocacy Program and Texas Beef Quality Assurance training prior to application and proof of completion must be attached to the application. Following review and verification that applicant meets all program requirements, applicants will be provided with credentials to upload the video portion of their application.

The application video is a 3-7 minute response to a current industry topic or concern. Applicants may video themselves speaking alone or may employ a volunteer to act as a consumer to interact with. A list of possible issues/topics is included in the application packet. All information presented by the applicant must be factual based on data provided on the following websites or through personal research: www.explorebeef.org, www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com, www.beefnutrition.com, www.factsaboutbeef.com, and www.bseinfo.org.

We are seeking applicants with a powerful desire to serve as an advocate for the beef community and a willingness to develop strong communication skills. Following selection and notification, all 2018 Texas Beef Leaders will participate in two webinar trainings and one in-person training to prepare them for events, activities, and appearances in which to advocate on behalf of the beef community. Beef Leaders will work to identify opportunities to address the TBLT mission and will then develop a plan to establish a presence or inclusion at the identified events and activities. Travel expenses related to approved activities will be reimbursed through the program. Throughout the year, Beef Leaders will have the opportunity to interact with industry personnel, develop contacts, and gain insight into various facets of the industry. Beef Leaders may have the opportunity to gain internship or special topics credit through their college or university.

Completed applications are due no later than March 20, 2018. When planning for submission, please remember that this is a two-part process. Application forms must be submitted for verification of eligibility. This step may take up to 48 hours, after which you will be provided with instructions for uploading your application video.

Questions regarding the Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Program may be directed to Staci Schoenfeldt, TBLT Coordinator, at 432-386-2053 or staci.schoenfeldt@gmail.com.