Welcome from the State President of Rural Youth Tasmania
My name is Jake Williams and it is my pleasure to introduce myself as the Rural Youth Tasmania State President.
A little bit of background on me; I have been a member of Rural Youth for 7 years where I attended my first North Motton Club meeting as a 19 year old. I never thought I would be where I am today, but my years in Rural Youth have been life changing.
In my first few years I attended many working bees, meetings, interclub functions whilst also completing courses that Rural Youth ran which enabled me to grow my knowledge assisting me in me in my workplace as an Auto Electrician. My first Agfest saw me volunteering in the carparks, whilst also assisting in the power directorship. This was the start of what is now quite an extensive Agfest portfolio.
Friendships and travel are a massive highlight of what our organisation can offer. In February 2016 I was lucky enough to be awarded a Study Tour which saw me sail on the Young Endeavour training ship. I sailed from Esperance, WA to Adelaide, SA making lifelong friendships and memories along the way. Exactly 3 years later this led me to sailing again aboard the tall ship for 7 days from Sydney to Hobart. I still keep in touch with all of the people I met from the voyages and some are now my closest mates!
Rural Youth Tasmania has clubs located in all parts of Tasmania and has a vision to Connect, Develop and Celebrate Young Tasmanians within their local community. Whilst we may be best known for Agfest, away from that event, members of Rural Youth are active within their local communities through the support of local shows and charity events. Rural Youth invests in its members through leadership and development programs and self-focused learning via training grants. Members have the ability to engage internationally with similar youth organisations through the Rural Youth Study Tours Program and can compete to be the Tasmanian Young Farmer of the Year. This competition has a prize pool of over $40,000.
If you are aged 15-30, a membership to Rural Youth is the best investment in your future that you could make. It doesn’t matter if you are from a rural background or live in the city, Rural Youth has something for everyone. You get out what you put in!
2020 Rural Youth State President.