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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development - Agricultural

Mission: The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Programs: www.ffa.org/programs

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147 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Anna28

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National FFA Association gives opportunities to thousands of youth across America to be a part of something. They gain skills in leadership, public speaking, responsibility, citizenship just to name a few. Without FFA I would not have the amazing career as an agricultural educator and the opportunity to give to others an amazing, life-long learning experience.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

As an FFA member in high school I found a place where others held my rural, agricultural values and a place where I could spend a lot of time with horses! I knew in my freshman year that that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. The FFA and agriculture classes gave me focus which served me well through all of my high school years and allowed me to go to college knowing what I was going to do when I graduated. Since I became an agriculture instructor and an FFA Advisor I get to live my dream every day. I get to work with students who find value in themselves through the FFA program, and gain a greater knowledge of our incredible agriculture industry. The National FFA Organization has made this possible for millions of students through its inception in 1928. Thank you for making a positive difference in students lives!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have 3 generations of FFA members in our family. FFA gives young people a purpose and focus. They learn many life skills along with the new technology involved in agriculture. FFA helps produce young people who are the next leaders in their communities and our country. Young people develop good a good work ethic and a positive attitude towards life which makes them wonderful leaders. FFA is the best youth program in our country in my opinion.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an FFA wife.mom and supporter I have seen the amazing benefits of FFA 1st hand. My husband and our 3 sons all learned life long lessons and skills from their time in FFA and their Vo Ag classes. FFA promotes and encourages the best from young people. The young people that experience FFA are the hope and future of our country as they strive to work hard to accomplish their goals in life. Plus FFA helped our family restore our barn!! FFA is a great organiztion and is more than worthy as a top nonprofit.

2 Will15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very impactful organization and consistently develops young leaders.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen nearly every aspect of FFA and always been impressed. As a student member it was invaluable for me to develop leadership skills and technical knowledge and expertise in the agricultural industry. In leadership roles I met so many people, developed my public speaking skills, and really grew as a person. After college I was an ag teacher and FFA advisor and saw first hand how students are impacted by the programs and did my part to pay it forward. Now as a national staff person I continue to be inspired everyday by the great work that staff, advisors, volunteers are doing to ensure that students today have the same great experience and great opportunities as were available 5, 10, 15, and even 85 years ago.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow, where to begin. I LOVE the FFA! Truly the best youth organization ever established. I was in the FFA in high school and still talk about those experiences today. I still have my FFA jacket. My four children were all very active in The FFA and still are. No doubt that The FFA played a major role in developing who they are today..... Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success, that is what they instill in their FFA members

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FFA gave me the confidence to speak in public, lead groups, work as part of an effective team, and continually reach for higher goals. It gave me friends and shaped my life. Now I volunteer for FFA whenever I can. It's great fun watching young people develop as I did. It's the best youth organization I know of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an FFA Advisors wife. My husband works long hours doing what he loves, making a difference in the lives of amazing young people. I am an active FFA Alumni member because I believe in the program and I want to be apart of what my husband gets to see everyday.....students growing and succeeding. FFA is an outstanding organization that prepares students for a successful future in both their career and their home life. The combination of passionate FFA advisors and volunteers who believe strongly in the program makes all the difference! I want my children, my nieces and nephews, friends kids and all other kids I know, to be in the FFA program!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FFA has been a great help in raising our three children. It teaches them to set high standards, so critical in today's world. The skills they learned in FFA continue to influence their lives as adults. They learned to think critically and to express themselves both orally and in written form. They learned the value of tracking income and expenses and to follow through on obligations. FFA can't be beat!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

FFA does make a positive difference in the lives of young people. Nothing is wasted with this organization's use of funds as they get back to the student. I have seen firsthand the affect that this organization has on students and I am a firm believer in it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a firm believer in this organization! My husband and I were members while in high school and now my daughter is following in our foot steps. She has set herself a goal to become a state officer and I will support all the way!!! She has made many new friends and has had many new doors open for her because of the FFA.

1 Amy_70

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FFA changes lives by giving students a place to belong - FFA is family. FFA gives students practical and meaningful skills for career success. It teaches responsibility, integrity, and what it means to "give back". FFA changes lives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FFA offers so much to the students served. It offers leadership training, interview skills, and provided me the confidence to pursue my dreams. The FFA gave me skills that allowed me to get scholarships which paid for my entire education to a PhD. I'm happily employed in agriculture thanks to my experiences in the FFA.

Amanda61

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FFA is not just an organization, they are life changers. They help kids find direction and purpose to become anything they want from farmers to doctors. Our students learn ethics and values that make them better citizens. National FFA gives kids a chance to be part of Agriculture whether they live in a city or out in the country. As a former member and now an Agriscience teacher I believe that National FFA is on of the best youth organizations there is.

Sam_8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National FFA Organization changes lives and sets careers in motion. I was a FFA member during my high school career. In my day FFA stood for the Future Farmers of America. I was proud to call myself a Future Farmer and to have the honor and privilege of wearing that blue and gold jacket! The leadership skills learned through my vocational agriculture classes and honed and sharpened by participating in FFA contests (today called Career Development Events) gave me the self confidence and motivation needed for me to obtain a Bachelor of Science and a Master's of Education in Agriculture Education. Today that path has led to me being the County Extension Director for Cooperative Extension in the county that I was born and raised in. The last line of the FFA Creed was my closing slide in my presentation when I applied for the County Director's position that answered the question of why I wanted the position. That quote is "...and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task."

Bill41

Advisor

Rating: 5

The FFA has been an important part of my family's life since my dad was a member in the 1950's. I, my sister, and most of my cousins were active in the organization and I believe we would all say our involvement has positively impacted our adult lives. I became an FFA advisor because of how much I believe in what the FFA does. My students still get so much out of it and I see it every day.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National FFA Organization has had an impact on my life like no other organization I've ever been involved with. When I first entered school, I was not interested, and would not give it a chance. However, in a short amount of time, I became involved, and it was the best decision. It led me to become a state FFA officer, and eventually to my current career as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. The impact that this organization has on students is unmatched by any other. Many organizations are worthy; however, the FFA is truly one of a kind.

Jessica99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an FFA officer and member in high school and it was the best thing I ever did! I had wonderful amazing experiences and opportunities that changed my life and who I am today. If it wasn't for FFA I would still be that shy freshman girl, I would have never changed! I make so many great friends and learned so many things, I even got a scholarship that got me through my first year of college! I love FFA and I hope that everyone someday in there lives has a chance to be some part of it!

Advisor

Rating: 5

As an FFA advisor, I've been lucky enough to see first hand the impact of this organization on students. Students gain invaluable leadership experiences through this organization.

Advisor

Rating: 5

After being involved in the FFA as a student in high school, I spent time on the family farm. Could not stay away from the love of the FFA program so I went back to school and now I am an advisor. No other program can change the lives of students the way the FFA program prepares them for the real world challenges.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first got involved in the FFA as a sophomore in high school, simply wanting to qualify to show my horses at county fair. I immediately fell in love with the organization and began to get highly involved. FFA took me from a lost and depressed teenager to a strong, confident leader. It sparked my interest in the agricultural industry which I have been very successful in since graduating college with an Agricultural Education degree. I can honestly say that I owe 100% of my successes to FFA and my advisor, Mr. Deppe. Without either I would not have had the opportunity to grow into the person I am today.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MY WIFE AND I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE FFA FOR 20 YEARS NOW. THERE IS NO OTHER ORIGINATION THAT TEACHES KIDS WHAT THEY GET FROM THE FFA. IN A 4 YEAR SPAN THEY TURN FROM A SHY LITTLE IN SECURED PERSON INTO SOME ONE WHO CAN GIVE A SPEECH TO A LARGE CROWD, AND THE CONFIDENCE THEY GET FROM THE PROGRAM IS BEYOND BELIEVE. IVE HAD PARENTS TELL ME THAT THEIR CHILD WOULD OF DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IF IT WASN'T FOR THE FFA. GREAT KIDS, FANTASTIC TEACHERS, AND LIFE TIME FRIENDS WHO ARE THERE WHEN YOU NEED ANYTHING. THE REGULAR HIGH SCHOOL DOES NOT DO TO STUDENTS THAT FFA DOES.