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Sacramento Leadership Experience (SLE)
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California FFA’s premier capstone conference, individuals and teams are prepared to make things happen. Skills for solving problems, making decisions and accomplishing goals are developed. Students step into the role of one of California's State legislators, are assigned a specific California district and spend four days in Sacramento. SLE is all about the role of government, agricultural policy and advocacy. This conference focuses on "DO: the ability of the individual leader and team to put their vision into action.” 

Who: Top 75 Seniors
When: Four Day Event, One Conference during National FFA Week 
What: Each student will:
  • Recall the structure and three branches of government
  • Discuss Capitalism v. Socialism, Conservative and Liberal values, and Fiscal v. Social policy
  • Analyze the effect of demographics and socioeconomics on voting and policy
  • Define the steps from which a bill becomes a law
  • Research and debate critical issues in agriculture, environment, food and education
  • Create key messages and prepare for legislative visits
  • Discuss Senate and Assembly mock legislation and engage in mock lobbying
  • Move bills through the legislative process, including policy and fiscal committee hearings
  • Debate mock Bills in the State Assembly or Senate Chambers
  • Engage in reflection sessions focusing on Doing, Learning, Earning and Serving

Seniors: Legislatorum est justas leges condere      
The mottos of the California State Legislature: "it is the duty of the senators to protect the liberty of the people and of legislators to pass just laws".

This capstone event is one in a lifetime experience you will never forget! Each year California FFA hosts its premier leadership development conference where seventy-five of our top graduating senior FFA members are selected annually to step into the role of one of California’s State Legislators. Students are assigned a specific California district and spend four days in Sacramento learning about government, issues in agriculture and ethics, water and natural resources, food and nutrition, and education. At the end of the week, students have the opportunity to conduct mock legislation they have drafted during the conference on the chamber floor of the state senate or assembly.


This conference is sponsored by the California FFA Association and the Betty Bushong Memorial Scholarship as a special project of the California FFA Foundation.

  2020 SLE
Feb 25-28: Sacramento

  Important Dates
Application due to State Office
Submit by Dec. 10 by 11:00pm*

 *indicates next business day when this date occurs on weekend/holiday

Student: $350 (full)

Registration Includes
Conference materials, three night lodging (four to a room), and meals

2019 SLE Participants

Tentative Student Schedule

General Questions:
Application Questions:
Ms. Hannah Garrett

  Conference Staff
Facilitator App (docx)
Facilitator App (PDF)
Due: October 15, 2019
*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 resources systems.

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