Illinois Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Seeking Youth Ambassadors

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Illinois Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is looking for interested youth to participate in its Youth Leadership Council. Eight youth (ages 11-16) with an interest in hunting, fishing and the outdoors will be selected to serve as youth ambassadors on a variety of conservation issues.

The 12-member Illinois Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) Youth Leadership Council will be modeled after the PF/QF National Youth Leadership Council, a 20-member group of youth from around the country who are spokespersons for their age group on hunting and conservation issues and advise PF/QF on youth programs. Youth selected to the Illinois PF/QF Youth Leadership Council will receive leadership and communications training to help them serve as liaisons with not only other youth groups (4-H, FFA, Boy Scouts, etc), but with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and elected officials.

"Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have made a commitment to the next generation of conservationists through its No Child Left Indoors® initiative, and the all-Illinois Youth Leadership Council reinforces that commitment in this state," said Aaron Kuehl, Illinois PF/QF Director of Conservation Programs, "This council also dovetails perfectly with the Department of Natural Resources' identified focus of youth hunter/angler recruitment."

Youth ages 11-16 are eligible to serve on the Illinois PF/QF Youth Leadership Council, and interested youth must complete an application to be considered. A downloadable application form is available at on the youth page at Illinois Pheasants Forever. Applications are due by Oct. 31, 2011. Twelve youth will then be selected based on their applications, with consideration also being given to representing the state geographically as well as representing age groups. Applicants will be notified of their selection to the council by Nov. 20, 2011.

Illinois is home to 43 Pheasants Forever chapters, 20 Quail Forever chapters and 10,000 PF/QF members. For more information about PF/QF in Illinois, visit Illinois Pheasants Forever or contact Aaron Kuehl, Illinois PF/QF Director of Conservation Programs at (217) 341-7171 or Email Aaron.

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 130,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent - the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.

Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.