By: Taylor Demski
The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications and the Texas AgriLife Extension Organizational Development Unit welcomed the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership and San Antonio Livestock Exposition-Leadership Extension into the department on April 1, 2012.
The V.G. Young Institute was created in 1969 to provide county officials with educational programs. Today, the institute offers continuing education schools for county judges and commissioners, county treasurers, county and district clerks, and county tax assessor-collectors. Through Texas AgriLife Extension the V.G. Young Institute is able to further educate and assist county officials by recognizing and addressing the challenges and responsibilities they face everyday. Additionally, the Institute plays a crucial role in helping officials meet the needs of county governments in Texas.
The TALL /SALE-LE programs provide leadership opportunities and aim to enrich leadership skills. The TALL program hopes to help ensure effective understanding and encourage positive action on key issues, theories, policy and economics that will advance the agriculture industry. The SALE-LE program creates an opportunity for 32 Texas AgriLife Extension employees to participate in a proven program for leadership development. This program enables Extension professionals to work more effectively and efficiently with volunteers and youth. Texas AgriLife Extension is dedicated to helping today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders and the SALE-LE program along with the Extension professionals play a significant role in the leadership development of youth within the community.
Each of these programs is unique and positively impacts the community, in addition to playing an important role as a part of the Texas AgriLife Extension. The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications and the Texas AgriLife Extension Organizational Development Unit look forward to a rewarding future with the V.G. Young Institute, TALL, and SALE-LE.