Why PF Invests in Youth — A Salute to Ashley Bishop
Let me introduce you to a young woman from Litchfield, Illinois. At 20, Ashley Bishop has already given more years of service to Pheasants Forever than most adults. At age 6, Ashley first helped her Montgomery County PF chapter with their computer needs. With her dad, Glenn, as president of the chapter, Ashley quickly became a dedicated volunteer, each year doing more and more. When she was 15, she was selected to be one of the first members of Pheasant Forever’s new National Youth Leadership Council. She went on to be its first chair.
Upon graduation from high school, Ashley enrolled in Illinois State University at Bloomington with a major in geography and agronomy and a minor in environmental science, her choices influenced by her involvement with PF. Just recently she founded a college PF chapter at ISU – the fourth college PF chapter in the country – and is looking forward to doing habitat and other projects with its members. Ashley says her work nationally with the Youth Leadership Council and locally with her chapter has been life changing. “It led me to a career that will affect the rest of my life and how I view the world.”
I could not be more proud of Ashley. I know that our organization’s future will be strong because of Ashley and other young people like her. Our investment in her has been repaid many times and will continue to be as Ashley enters the work force, volunteers in her community, has a family and becomes a conscientious citizen who cares about conservation.
Who are the “Ashleys” in your world? What opportunities are you providing them? I’d love to hear their stories!
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