Summer Synergy is dedicated to the development of youth between the ages of 9 and 21. The program was developed as a partnership between Olds Regional Exhibition (ORE), 4-H Alberta, the Calgary Stampede, and Olds College. This week-long event brings together over 1,700 participants from an array of species, including beef, dairy, and sheep.
The best way we can tell you about how great Summer Synergy is, is to share testimonials from past participants.
- The Marshalls - Luke, Jade, Ward & Bret: Throughout the years of Summer Synergy the program has provided our entire family with the opportunity to learn and grow both individually and as a collective. From the first day to the last day, year to year the program is awesome. Summer Synergy is a great program that has provided us tremendous opportunity. We have achieved industry knowledge, developed and improved our skills, and made a lasting network that will continue to aid us in our life's journey. It has helped us gain confidence and learn the skills necessary to be successful and prosperous in the agricultural business and people as a whole. We would like to thank all of the sponsors and partners for supporting such an outstanding program.
- The Matejkas - Brittney, Carling & Tyson: The Summer Synergy program has been an incredible journey for our family. Each year brings new challenges in Ag Leadership, Communication, Evaluation, & Marketing. The friendships made at Synergy will last a lifetime and the experiences will never be forgotten. Our children have had the opportunity to interact with major leaders in business who are volunteers or sponsors of the program. We have watched our children challenge themselves and step outside the box as well as their own comfort zone to excel beyond our expectations. Summer Synergy, just another step of investing in our children's future.
- Cayley Peltzer - After months of hard work and dedication Summer Synergy participants get together to share, grow and learn. It doesn't matter if you show beef or sheep we all learn from each other and form friendships that can last a lifetime. I had attended Synergy for a number of years and I am now completely hooked as a committee volunteer to contribute and be an agent of change for rural youth development. The scholarships available gives youth the ability to drive towards our goals and eventually give back to those that saw something in us by helping the next generation of Summer Synergy participants.
- Casey Morey - I have had the chance to walk across the grandstand stage at the Calgary Stampede twice and it gives me chills to be able to watch the big screen while they announce the achievements of our rural youth. Synergy has been an opportunity for me to grow as a person and increase my knowledge of our vibrant industry. Synergy has brought me out of my comfort zone and exposed me to a variety of skills and activities never imaginable. I promise that you could ask any Synergy participant and they would tell the Summer Synergy has created a lifetime of opportunities and opened many doors.
There is really nothing more impactful than witnessing rural youth learning, achieving and celebrating. Their enthusiasm is contagious, their passion is motivating, and their spirit is simply inspiring.