Jersey Youth Academy
The mission of the Jersey Youth Academy is to attract, educate and retain talented young people for careers in the Jersey dairy business. It will be achieved through cooperative efforts of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., Jersey owners everywhere, and allied industry.
Jersey Youth Academy provides a unique educational experience that motivates youth of high school and college age to prepare for and succeed in their adult careers in some aspect of the dairy industry, but specifically working with Jersey cattle and/or Jersey products.
As authorized by the Board of Directors of the American Jersey Cattle Association in June of 2008, Jersey Youth Academy seeks to:
The aim of the Academy is to develop the human resources that will be required to sustain and develop Jersey dairy businesses in the United States. This project is envisioned as a cooperative effort among all dairy industry stakeholders. Without exception, these stakeholders need qualified, interested young people for the continuation and success of their businesses.
The program is designed around three broad objectives for participants:
The program is conducted every two years, with participants chosen from a national pool of applicants. Selection is based on merit, motivation and preparation for the program as reflected in experiences, accomplishments and goal statement of the applicants. All program costs, including round-trip transportation for participants, are paid by the Academy.
Applications are accepted from youth who will be seniors in high school the fall following an Academy class through students who are at least one year from completing a degree at an accredited vocational school, college or university.
Applications are accepted only from legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
A youth can participate in Jersey Youth Academy only one time.
Extensive evaluation of each Jersey Youth Academy was conducted before, during and after the program. Participants rated the overall quality of the program as outstanding (4.7 on 5-point scale). Participants agreed (4.9/5.0) with the statement, “I learned a lot in this program.” The consensus opinion is, “the experience turned out to be the opportunity of a lifetime.”
The Jersey Youth Academy is recognized by the International Revenue Service as a tax-exempt private educational foundation under section 501(c)(3). Contributors to this foundation are recognized on the Academy web site (http://academy.usjersey.com) and represent broad Jersey breeder and industry support. Administrative services are provided by the American Jersey Cattle Association.
Applications for Next Class
The fourth class will be held in 2015 (tentative dates, July 19-24). Applications will be available September 1, 2014 and must be received in the AJCA office by December 1. A maximum of 36 qualified youth will be selected.