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Once a leader is comfortable with their own self and self-purpose, they can discover how to work with others and accomplish a shared goal. The process for analyzing program needs and improving a project or event is the focus of this conference as students discover how to be teams of innovative leaders in their chapter. This conference about "DO: the individual leader, their relationships with others and how to enact change within their chapters and communities."

Who: Juniors
When: Two Day Event, 8 Conferences in January and February
What: Each student will:
  • Experience the 4 Stages of Team Development 
  • Establish how to work effectively on a team
  • Take responsibility for own actions  
  • Practice Conflict Resolution Strategies 
  • Conduct a critical analysis of a chapter event using a S.W.O.T. Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)
  • Create a plan of action for improvement of a chapter event from their chapters Program of Activities
  • Discover methods of establishing buy-in (WIIFM) and building support for their chapter project
  • Walk away with new chapter ideas and ways to incorporate agriculture into any chapter event 

Juniors: Be The Change!      
What could your FFA chapter accomplish if it had the tools and strategies to be truly powerful? Get ready for ALA: Be The Change! During this conference, chapter members will discover how to best work on a team in order to achieve a common goal by experiencing the four stages of team development; Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing. While working in their chapter teams, students will uncover the steps to developing improvement plans for a chapter event and showcase their idea to other chapters at ALA. Members will leave with dozens of new ideas, ways to add agriculture to any chapter event and the ability to Be The Change in their chapters!

Getting Ready for ALA      
The 2020 ALA facilitation team, Reagan, Kayla and Lindsey are looking for juniors in FFA to join them at the Advanced Leadership Academy. At ALA, we enter as the leaders in our chapters ready to make a difference and leave our mark. During ALA, we will explore how to effectively work on a team, critically analyze our chapter activities, discover how to manage conflict, and create change within our chapters. Click the header Getting Ready for ALA above to get started. 

*This video can also be view on the California FFA Instagram page


This conference is sponsored as a special project of the California FFA Foundation.


2020 Dates
Jan 10-11:
Jan 17-18: Redding
Jan 24-25: Monterey
Jan 26-27: Monterey
Jan 31-Feb 01: Ontario
Feb 07-08: Visalia
Feb 09-10: 
Feb 14-15:

  Important Dates
2020 Registration:
Opens: November 1, 2019
Deadline: Dec 15
* or next business day when this date occurs on weekend/holiday


Student: $75 (early), $100 (full)
Advisor: $60 (early), $85 (full)

After registration and postmark deadline, early prices increase to full price.

Registration Includes
Conference materials, meals, and a t-shirt.

Lodging - Chapters are responsible for lodging, FFA block codes will be included in registration invoice.

General Questions:
Hannah Garrett

Registration Questions:
Trisha Chapman

  Conference Staff
Team Leader App
Team Leader App (PDF)
Due: TBD
*or next business day when this date occurs on weekend/holiday

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Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

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