NZ Young Farmers operates a growing network of TeenAg clubs in high schools across New Zealand.
TeenAg aims to make students aware of the exciting career opportunities on offer in the agri-food sector.
The goal is to expose students from all walks of life to the primary industries - you don't need to be off a farm.
Clubs hold regular meetings, host guest speakers and organise field trips to local businesses.
TeenAg members also have access to a unique leadership course run by NZ Young Farmers.
The Leadership Pathway Programme (LPP) is a collection of five learning modules for TeenAg members.
The modules focus on membership, fundraising, sponsorship, events and running an annual general meeting (AGM).
NZ Young Farmers also runs three-day leadership courses called Raising the Standards. They’re held during the school holidays.
All TeenAg members are eligible to test their skills in the FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year competition.
Seven regional finals are held across New Zealand, with the top two teams from each event qualifying for the national grand final.
TeenAg members form life-long friendships and make connections with students in other clubs.
TeenAg clubs are a key part of the work being done by NZ Young Farmers to attract students into the agri-food sector.
The clubs are run by NZ Young Farmers and funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP).
There are two core elements to TeenAg:
FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year competition
The exciting FMG Junior Young Farmer Competition series started in 2011, with resounding success. The competition series extends and challenges the competitors well outside of their comfort zone. It also builds character, develops leadership skills and pursues excellence. The competition runs alongside the seven FMG Young Farmer of the Year regional finals and culminates in a national grand final.
TeenAg has grown rapidly since the first clubs started in 2009. TeenAg clubs provide a context for learning about the agri-food sector and a place to develop broader life skills.