American National CattleWomen Foundation, Inc. has received a grant of $15,000 for training youth selected for the National Beef Ambassador Program in conducting an interest survey, exploring agriculture careers, identifying training or college requirements and resume building.
The skills learned by the Beef Ambassadors will then be utilized to demonstrate to peers all possible career opportunities available in the agricultural community. Working in collaboration with major national youth groups, the beef ambassador team will present workshops addressing the need for young people to consider a career in agriculture and the way to achieve their career goals through education and preparation.
The National Beef Ambassador Program is funded in part by the national beef checkoff, which is administered by the Cattlemen's Beef Board. The American National CattleWomen, Inc. (ANCW) coordinates the National Beef Ambassador Program with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA). Both ANCW and NCBA serve as contractors for the Beef Board for checkoff-funded programs.
The grant received by ANCW Foundation, Inc. is one of 15 individual grants from the Shared SolutionsSM Agricultural Contributions program. The grant program, an initiative of the Altria Group, Inc., awarded a total of $345,000 to not-for-profit organizations. The grants will help support innovative projects benefiting the farm-to-consumer supply community. The National Beef Ambassador Program also received a Shared Solutions SM grant in January 2005.
"The ANCW Foundation is honored to receive another grant from Altria," says Marlene Strickland, ANCW president. "It is gratifying to see that Shared Solutions recognizes the value of the National Beef Ambassadors Program, and the importance of training young people to connect with key audiences."
The grant was awarded in the Leadership Sustainability category. Shared Solutions SM grants were also awarded in three additional categories: Environmental Sustainability, Economic Sustainability, and Product Sustainability and Security.