The Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) is inviting applicants for its ninth class. A program of the Holstein Foundation, YDLI is a renowned, innovative leadership and communication skills development program that has graduated hundreds of young adults.
Dairy producers working with all breeds of dairy cattle and allied dairy industry members, ages 22 to 45, are encouraged to apply. Applications can be downloaded from the Holstein Foundation website and must be received by August 1 to be eligible for consideration.
The class will meet February 25-28, 2015 and February 24-27, 2016 in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. The class meets twice, a year apart, with a series of projects to complete in the months between meetings.
“Looking back, attending YDLI was one of the best decisions I have ever made; personally and professionally. Interacting with colleagues with the same passion for the dairy industry created an even larger desire to remain an integral part of the industry. I have been equipped with many valuable tools that will serve me well as I progress through my career. YDLI is a truly outstanding program!” said YDLI class 8 graduate Melissa Sankey, Harrisburg, Pa.
Phase I, held in February 2015, focuses on individual leadership and personal development. Interactive workshops cover topics such as working with different personality types, developing consumer and media communication skills through hands-on practice, and giving impactful presentations.
During Phase II, participants complete a series of assignments in their community, which emphasizes the advocacy and outreach skills gained during Phase I.
The final on-site training, Phase III, will be held February 2016. The program will feature sessions on advanced communications training, working effectively in a team environment, influencing public policy and continued advocacy and leadership. Throughout the program, an emphasis is placed on networking with industry peers, a benefit that carries on long after a YDLI class is complete.
A webinar will be hosted Tuesday, June 10 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time to provide more insight about the YDLI program. The agenda will include an overview of what YDLI is and what is expected of participants, as well as information about the application process and expected costs of the program.