developing youth leaders

next gen conservation starts today

One of the most important things we can do is help create the next generation of conservation leaders. They are future land managers, wildlife professionals, hunters and conservation volunteers. At Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever, we’re developing tomorrow’s leaders today.

focus on forever conference

Focus on Forever (FOF) is a “train the trainer” annual conference, designed specifically for conservation volunteers and agency staff who are passionate about sharing our outdoor traditions with youth and their families. Participants will learn best practices for a variety of activities, events and programs that engage youth and families.

Quail Forever’s National Youth Leadership Council has worked on important issues such as bringing attention to the federal Farm Bill and state legislation to reduce age restrictive barriers to introduce young people to hunting.

National Youth Leadership Council

The National Youth Leadership Council is made up of 20 young people from around the country that were nominated by their chapter of Quail Forever or Pheasants Forever for their community involvement and conservation interests. They are the spokespersons for their age group on hunting and conservation issues and advise Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever on youth programs.

State Outreach Coordinators

In select states, Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever have outreach coordinators who work with chapters on youth programs. 

Illinois - Katie Kauzlarich
Iowa - Vacant
Kansas - Brandon Wilmoth
Michigan - Bill Fischer
Wisconsin - Jenny Krause

Developing Youth Leaders

Why not recruit younger members to get involved with chapter banquets, youth events and other activities? Get them involved in your chapter and give them a leadership role. Students can also start youth chapters or conservation clubs.
For more information:
Rich Wissink
Director of Youth Programs
(715) 722-0286