1st Annual FWF Youth Congress
at the Federation’s 75th Anniversary Weekend,
June 15-17, 2012, in St. Petersburg
On Saturday June 16th, the first annual FWF Youth Congress
was held with over 50 young adults in attendance. College students and graduates from across the state, including IDEAS Chapters and the Student Chapter of the Wildlife
Society at UF, held a youth summit which discussed issues pertaining to Energy,
Food, Waste, Water and Ecology and sought solutions to the challenges within
the five categories, the five facilitators for the youth summit were, Chris
Castro, Samantha Ruiz, Henry Harding, Jessica Whalen and Sarah Gledhill. A call
to action was established at the end of the conference for all youth attendees
to get involved in local, state and national issues. Attendees were all present
for Saturday evening’s Conservation Awards Banquet. The group IDEASforUS had a
follow up meeting on Sunday, June 17, which was open to any interested parties
and focused on the organization of many new chapters of IDEAS on Florida
campuses and on other state university campuses.
1st Annual FWF Youth Congress on June, 16; IDEAS Summit on June, 17. Photo by Lou Kellenberger.
Pictured: (Front) Katie Price, Samantha Baraoidan, Samantha Ruiz, Jessica Whalen, Rachel Hessling, Bri Jones (Middle) Manley Fuller (FWF President), Alicia Hines, Moe Corbett, Steven Carrion, Jacques Werleigh, Danielle Rudley, Andrew Kamerosky, Senator Lee Constantine, Chris Castro, Rosanna Gill, Erin Condon, Mark Grafton, Jaryn Thorndike, Sarah Owen Gledhill (FWF NE FL planning Advocate) (Back) Danny Gwynn-Shapiro (FWF Publications Editor), unknown, Shan Kasal, Sean Ehrlich, Arturo Romero, Henry Harding, Zak Marimon, Governor Bob Graham, Jessica Pirkey, Clayton Ferrera, Alex Saunders, Dan Schreiber, Paige Espy, Cassie McCrae, Ryan Harrigan, Dylan Scott, Jeff Rood, Hunter Miller.