The Challenge 2050 Project at the University of Florida

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Jake White

Jake White is from a rural agricultural community in Eastern Oregon.  In 2014, he made Gainesville, Florida his home.  Growing up on a cattle ranch in a rural community, Jake developed a passion for agriculture at a young age.  As his parents managed their ranching operation, they implemented solar technology and took measures to maintain soil and water conditions and prevent erosion.  Seeing his parents care for the land soon sparked Jake’s passion for sustainable agricultural practices while working to feed the growing global population.

Jake is majoring in Agricultural Education and Communication, with a specialization in communication and leadership development.  For the past three years, he has worked as a leadership trainer for the National FFA Organization—a career-technical organization for high school students with grassroots in agriculture.  Jake firmly believes that combating the challenges of our world begins with an investment in the leadership skills and personal growth of students—whether they are in high school, or at the University of Florida.

When he came across the Challenge 2050 Program, he found their cause aligned with his passions and C.2050 to be an organization that gives him purpose.  Jake firmly believes that his college experience would not be the same without the Challenge 2050 Program, incredible students, and caring faculty.