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.
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!
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.
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.
Very impactful organization and consistently develops young leaders.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
From working with the FFA on various programs, in both the Organization and the Foundation, I know first-hand, how hard the entire team works to uphold their mission in positively impacting the lives of students in order to develop them into the great leaders of tomorrow. When you come across an FFA student, you can tell how proud they are to be apart of the organization. You can see it in their refined skills, their confidence and their maturity. I'm amazed at the range of students the FFA impacts and am very thankful this organization holds students to such a high level of regard.
As an 8th grade student, I had the opportunity to take ag class. Growing up in agriculture, that was a logical decision for me to make. The opportunity that greeted me as I walked through the door on the first day of class laid the foundation for everything I've done since. In addition to taking the class, I joined FFA and set out on a path of success. The skills gained through public speaking, livestock showing and being chapter president helped shape my future, influencing decisions such as my major in college and my present profession, as a professional in an agriculture-related non-profit. I am thankful for the lessons and skills learned through FFA. Currently, I have younger family members involved in FFA and I am excited for the direction it is taking them.
One of the greatest experiences that I have had in teaching is outside the classroom. I have taken hundreds of students to hotels and restaurants, many for the first time. The experience is priceless as students eat in a fine dining establishment or stay in thier first hotel. I have the opportunity to instill proper table etiquette and behavior while in these semi formal settings. I recall one Junior in high school, whose mother had died when he was 10 and whose father was an alcoholic, ask me how to order from a menu. We never had a lesson like that in a classroom.
When I started taking Ag classes in high school, I did so because we got to grow plants and raise fish. Who wouldn't want a class like that?? :) It didn't take long for me to realize that those classes and the National FFA Organization would make a serious impact in my life. Before joining FFA, I was a shy, quiet kid, with little confidence and no idea what I wanted to do with my future. Being a part of the organization really helped me step out of my comfort zone and try new things, develop new skills, and discover the leader within. By the time I graduated high school, I was a different person. I had an amazing network of friends and industry experts, a renewed confidence in myself and my abilities, and a passion for agriculture. I went on to study Agriculture Economics in college and now work for an Agricultural Financial Institution. I continue to volunteer at FFA events whenever possible, because I know first hand what kind of impact this organization can have on it's members.
I started my involvement with the National FFA several years ago and have been privileged to see first hand the impact that this organization can make on the lives of young people. Helping to establish life long lessons in communication, leadership and a broad range of real life examples in the application of knowledge in the agricultural community. FFA is a great organization making a real impact!
I joined FFA in high school, and as a reserved farm kid, I was given many opportunities to risk and grow. The best part was the more "official" members of the organization (teachers, staff, officers, etc) who invested in me as they had been invested in by others. I highly recommend supporting the FFA. I do.
FFA made me who I am today. I was a city girl lost in a big school. My FFA advisor got me to say the creed and after that I was hooked. It was obvious to me that I needed to continue the legacy so I then became an Agriculture Teacher too. The FFA has changed so many lives and I am honored to have the opportunity to help.
As a former member and now as an agricultural education teacher, I can imagine no other organization that is better at developing leaders. FFA truly lives by its words of helping students develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
Growing up in the FFA behind my brother being a member and now watching my children in FFA and seeing that the only changes 22 years later has been only making it the best of the best of organizations. Not only for students but for those of all ages. Being a Alumni member and joining my kids at State conventions or taking them to competitions you see the respect and professionalism that young adults in the general public are no longer taught without being in a top leadership based organization like the FFA. I strive as a parent to fight the school districts in Florida not to take ag out of anymore schools. It amazes me how those to thanks Walmart is where your food comes from.
I was a member of the National FFA Organizaiton in Oklahoma and it made a lasting impression on my life. This organization gives students opportunities to learn life skills all while giving back to their communitities. I think the motto says it all Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live and Living to serve. I would love for more students to have the amazing experiences that helped prepare me for life.
I was a member of the National FFA Organization in California for all four years of high school. I was able to take advantage of so many opportunities to learn and grow. There is something for every student. I participated in state and national choirs, competed in many prepared and extemporaneous public speaking events, competed at the national level for marketing plan presentation, was a chapter and sectional officer, and raised sheep. Not to mention the countless leadership conferences I attended. I made so many friends, several from across the country, that I still keep in touch with. One of my teachers has become one of my greatest friends. I don't know anyone who was involved in FFA and regretted it!
I am currently an Agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor in Wisconsin so I see the impact of FFA on a daily basis. I was a member in High School as well as my 2 younger brothers and my dad was too. Both my parents and I are lifetime members of the National FFA Alumni. FFA provides unlimited opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills and personal growth, community service, as well as preparing them for careers in anything they want to do. I could only hope that they would pursue a career in agriculture, but students should pursue their passions and be happy with their career path.
I am a second generation FFA member and I am proud to have a daughter in the FFA and a son who can't wait to wear the blue and gold jacket. FFA gives youth the opportunity to explore careers and learn about leadership, citizenship and responsibility. FFA provides classroom instruction which is rich in science and math and provides an extracurricular which allows youth to get involved at the chapter, section, district, state and national levels. It builds self esteem and through it all helps mold kids into wonderful adults who will give back to their communities. FFA helped me develop my public speaking skills and gave me opportunities to learn about all kinds of things related to Agriculture, horticulture, plant science, animal science and agri-business. I love that the FFA organization is rich in tradition with the goal of reaching to tomorrow. FFA is a fantastic youth organization!
I became involved with FFA when my daughter entered 9th grade and became a member. She immediately fell in love with all aspects of the organization. She served as an officer all four years of high school, was on two State Championship teams and went to Nationals to compete two times. I went to State and National Conventions with the group and was so very impressed with the youth of this organization. I've never experienced anything like being in the audience at the National Conventions and seeing all those Blue Jackets and enthusiasm! I was in the Charter Group that started our local FFA Alumni Association and have been involved with that for the last nine years as a member and officer. I stay even though my daughter is long gone from high school - because I believe! I watched her and her friends grow and become leaders through this organization - all the way to American Degree Recipents! I only wish more of today's youth had the opportunity to become a part of FFA! Our Alumni group works hard at our fundraisers so that we might give scholarships and help out in other supportive ways - because we believe in FFA!
As a wife of an Ag teacher and a mother of two who are actively involved in FFA I have seen firsthand the positive impact FFA has made. FFA teaches leadership, instills confidence, and teaches all aspects of agriculture. Its also an orgainazation full of fun and memories
I have been an FFA adivsor with the FFA at the high school chapter level for almost 34 years. In a little over a third of a century I have seen a lot of young men learn, lead and suceed. As a parent I have had three American FFA degree recipients and 3 state FFA officers, three proficiency award winners.
The National FFA Organization led me to my current career and prepared me for accelerated growth in my field. In the most recent intake of US Foreign Service Officers, I was the youngest successful candidate, and can thank the wealth of business experience, professional growth, and career exploration that I received as a member of the FFA for helping me to reach this goal. From helping guide me through starting my first international business at 14, to providing scholarships to support two tertiary degrees and experiential learning experiences in nine countries, FFA has had an instrumental impact throughout my formal education. The FFA simply changed my life for the better and I will forever be in its debt!
The FFA is without a doubt the greatest youth organization in the world! My career started way back in 1985 when I was in 7th grade. I enjoyed all of the contests that the FFA had to compete in and learned the basics of public speaking and parlimentary procedure. I would never have imagined that just 7 short years later I would have the oppurtunity to be a VA State FFA Officer. I can honestly say that without the life skills that FFA taught me, I would never have had the courage to fulfill my duties as an officer. Fast forward to 2010, with the economy forcing me into a career change at almost 40 years old, I was able to get a job with the USDA. I know it is because of this wonderful organization, the interviews for officers and the public speaking skills allowed me to land a career without a college education. I know I can never give back to the FFA what it has given to me, but I am super excited to see my children as they start their FFA careers in the same chapter where I started mine!
I've been around the FFA my entire life, and have never found another organization that compares. The focus on leadership, selflessness, and confidence helped shape me into the person I am today. When my children are old enough, they will also get to experience FFA and all the amazing opportunities it provides.
I am very proud of all this organization and its accomplishments with respect to raising the next generations. The leadership, such as the school advisor, has been a mentor and excellent role model to my four daughters - 4 American Degree receipents, 2 National CDE winners, participants in five National contests (two first place teams and two second place teams); four National FFA scholarship awardees; and one nom com finalist and state delegate. All four are pursuing ag related careers. Can you tell that I am a FFA fan? I have had the distinct honor to serve as the female chaperone at four National FFA conventions and watch these young folks in action. I also fully know the effort and dedication that the advisor gives to his profession and to his students. Whether the students win or not, they all benefit greatly from knowing and working with him. My family holds FFA in high honor. There is quite a legacy throughout the state and the nation. I also appreciate your time.
The leadership skills I learned in the FFA over 30 years ago have been instrumental to my success as a salesman and manager. All three of my sons credit their successes to this program as well. I'm glad I've had the opportunity to support this organization financially and with my time at the local, state and national level.
FFA has given something to me that no other organization has or ever will be able to instill in me. It gave me confidence. Confidence to stand up for myself and believe that my goals and dreams are possible. Confidence to succeed in public speaking and develop friendships across the country and even across the world. It broke me out of my shell and is a major part of who I am today. I am a better person for having been involved in the association. It has given me more than I will ever be able to give back. Thank you FFA!
Being a member of FFA, took this quiet, shy farm girl and showed her her own potential. The FFA provided me with the encouragement and an environment to grow as a person and become a leader. It allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and think out of the box. It truly is a tool that I've used for the rest of my life. Lasting longer than my student membership, is the friendships gained, life skills learned, the scholarships earned, and a passion that has fueled my current career in agricultural communications. Today, I support my own younger brothers in their FFA activities. And, I look forward to every time I get to meet a young FFA student.
I learned many valuable lessons and skills as a member of the National FFA Organization in high school. From public speaking to parliamentary procedure to poultry production, I had many opportunities for learning and growth. FFA also offers many leadership opportunities, from the chapter level all the way up to the national level; as vice president of my chapter, I learned to work with a team - how to navigate personality differences, how to plan events, how to communicate with a team, and more. The National FFA Organization provides an avenue for students to take a passion - be it leadership, service, agriculture, entrepreneurship...the list goes on - and pursue it as far as they want. I was always inspired to see fellow members at conferences showcase a business they started, a project they finished, or a herd of cattle they raised and sold. FFA can take you as far as you are willing to go. I highly recommend it to almost any high school student (some schools also have middle school chapters, so I also recommend it to middle school students). The National FFA Organization facilitates the development of many useful skills in America's students, and is growing future leaders.
FFA changes lives. It allows all students the opportunity to participate, regardless of gender or race. When students walk in wearing those blue jackets, you can't help but notice the pride and confidence it gives them. Last year as I walked into the building where our State FFA Convention was being held, two FFA members (not students I knew) immediately approached me to ask if they could help. They were not part of the formal welcoming committe...they were just two FFA members who noticed I was lost. I am not sure if this would have happened anywhere else. FFA builds leadership skills and character. And America needs leaders with both.
The experience and leadership I received while working with the FFA have been invaluable to me through the years after my membership. I have been involved in many organizations and businesses. FFA has helped me attain higher goals than I thought possible.
I teach Agriculture for many reasons, but one at the top of my list is the National FFA Organization. The opportunities and experiences gained from being involved in this organization will help a student get closer to reaching their goals than any other organization. Our world would be a far better place to live if all people were once FFA members.
The Lessons I have learned while an FFA Student are the the most important from public speaking to animal science, mechanical , plant science, and most of all to be a prospering member to society. The education you get from being an AGG student is one that you will use every day in all aspects of life and the time and life lessons you get from an Advisor is something you will be thankfull for your whole life. Now as I watch my daughter who is now an FFA Member I couldnt be a prouder Parent, and I know that the education and support the FFA gives her she will have a great jump on life and be a better prepared person for all the things life will throw at her. And as an active alumnist I still help the FFA in many ways so it is rewarding your whole life not just as a student.
While I have supported many non-profit groups and charitable efforts, the National FFA Organization and it's Foundation have proven to be most worthy of the support. I am kept well abreast of the impact of my support and the support of others and am often provided with opportunities to see the difference that this outstandinng organization makes in the students of agricultural educationn that they serve -- you absolutely can experience the difference made in these students as they enter and progress through further education, career experiences and in societal leadership experiences.
The National FFA is the premier student organization on high school and college campuses across the U.S. Members gain valuable knowledge about the world of agriculture, but equally important they have numerous opportunities to develop leadership and business skills that will serve them throughout life. Although my direct involvement ended when I retired as Kentucky State Secretary in 1980, I use the skills and confidence I developed through FFA everyday. 32 years later my oldest niece is now involved in her local chapter and I look forward to watching her progress over the course of her FFA career. Money and time invested in supporting the FFA will pay dividends throughout generations.
The FFA has helped to shape me into the person that I am today. I have 7 siblings who were all in FFA and my father was an FFA adviser for over 20 years. FFA was where I gave my first public speech, The FFA Creed, and it was where I met my first group of peers from outside my own school. FFA was where I set my first goals and started to work towards a career. Through my FFA experience I was transformed from a shy 8th grader into a leader of my local chapter. From there I grew into a role as a State FFA Officer which ultimately led me into my career as an Agriculture Educator and an FFA Adviser. As a teacher I have seen other students make very similar transitions. No other organization allows the opportunities for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success like the National FFA Organization.
I was active in FFA for 5 years and look forward to becoming active once again when I have children.
I continue to give back to the FFA because of the doors and opportunites this organization gave to me as a teenager. The level of leadership the FFA teaches students is unmatched by any other youth organization. As a professional in Agribuiness, I understand the read need we have for more students to gain the professional skills that the FFA teaches it's members.
My children have been involved in many activities throughout their school careers, but the most beneficial to all of them has been FFA. As a parent and a teacher I can not say enough good things about this organization and what it does for kids. Many think that FFA is just about raising animals and doing agricultural projects, but it is so much more. An FFA member learns about failure, success, refining skills, research, current and past history of agriculture in our country and its importance, but most importantly they learn about leadership and self worth. I have taught for over 25 years and have seen students in a variety of settings, and my first national and state conventions were awe inspiring. All students stood tall and were proud to represent FFA and knew what that meant. They consistently prevailed with good manners, politeness and consideration to all. The experiences students have in the FFA have an immense effect on who they become as adults. FFA helps to build positive active citizens amd young adults who know how to make a difference for the positive. I was not introduced to FFA until my own children became involved, but I am currently an FFA Alumni member and will continue to be so in order to help this organization prosper and grow.
FFA first allowed women to join the organization in I believe 1972. (correct me if I'm wrong). I joined in 1975 as a sophomore and was a part of that first wave of women in FFA. I served as a chapter officer (Vice-President), a delegate to the state convention and a member of the National FFA Band. I gained confidence in speaking, in my ability to think on my feet and confidence in my ability to learn to build not only concrete items with my hands but to build relationships with other people. My sons are FFA members and I credit FFA with giving them solid people skills as well. FFA is the greatest single organization in the world. FFA serves all types of young people with all kinds of interests and skills and challenges those young people to become something bigger, something more than they were before. The opportunities are there--they just have to be taken!
The National FFA Organization is the reason I went into the field of Agriculture for my career. FFA is the reason I am able to speak in front of 1,000's of people, have confidence in all I do, and have the ability to work well with others. Students that join the FFA are making one of the best decisions they can make at that point in their lives. I recommend the FFA to any student, no matter what their background is or their future interests are, any student can benefit from the FFA.
I don't think there's enough room here to write what a great non-profit organization FFA is. Our daughter joined FFA her freshman year & boy howdy has this "town" girl learned a lot!!! It was that same year a group of parents got together & said "these kids need our support" so we formed a FFA Booster Club for our Chapter. Through FFA and friends met there our daughter became interested in showing cattle - she has her own herd of Polled Herefords - and has been showing ever since. Quite another aspect of our agricultural education!!! Our daughter has since graduated and is in college studying for a degree in agriculture. What a fantastic group - To say FFA has changed our lives is an understatement!!!
I was an ok student, but didn't enjoy school until I found ag and FFA. I became very active in FFA and was excited to come to school and even to arrive early and stay late with my fellow students to practice for contests and such. It taught me self-confidence, how to research, how to study, how to be helpful in my community, and how to treat others around me. FFA teaches so much about team work, being an individual, and leadership. I definately look back to my time in FFA when I'm trying to make a decision, or figure out what I should do, and how to be an asset to myself, family, friends, and community.
As a high school freshman, I joined the FFA. Little did I know the impact it would have on me personally and professionally. I developed a strong work ethic, learned compassion, strengthened communications skills, and made life-long friends. Today, as a direct result of my involvement in the FFA, I am a tenured professor of agricultural communications, having earned three agricultural degress at a major land-grant institution. In addition, my son is a chapter FFA officer this year and is developing those same skills I learned 30 years ago. FFA is by far the best youth organization in the world.
The FFA is an organization that helps prepare youth for the future like I have never seen another organization do. The level of skill and professionalism is higher than some college students and adults. The career development events that I was able to participate in while in High School have helped me in my college career and gave me a leg up on learning college-level material. I will never forget the memories or inspirational moments that I gained from many state and national conventions. I really don't know where I would be without this organization.
FFA taught my daughter more relevant, real-life lessons than any other organization or class she was involved in. She graduated high school as a person who understands the importance of giving back to her community, one who is able to communicate well with peers and adults, and as an oustanding public speaker. Those skills she learned in FFA are the reason she is attending an out-of-state university completely on scholarships.
If you had asked me 9 years ago that I would be at Cornell University and have a passion to teach agriculture, I would have looked you straight in the eyes and laughed. 9 years ago, I had no purpose, no drive to succeed and let alone an interest in taking classes that challenged me well beyond my current capabilities. I thank God everyday that my friend dragged me to my first meeting, as it was that meeting that completely changed my life. I slowly, but surely became involved in the FFA, competing in my first Career Development Event as an 8th grader and won 2nd place on the State Level in Extemporaneous Public Speaking. I never excelled at anything particularly in high school, but I excelled in FFA. The National FFA Organization truly motivates students to premier leadership, personal growth and career success. I have developed into a leader that can excel under stressful circumstances, learn from my mistakes, work as a team player, and most importantly, always put the success of others before myself.
As a member served by the organization it formed a foundation I still walk on today. I had the opportunity to serve in a national capacity for a year and sat on the board or directors. I trust the leadership of this organization and am grateful for its impact on young people today.
I am a product of the program. My older brother hated school but somehow got involved in FFA. It changed his life and when I was just a small child he began to tell me that I would be a part of this organization that he loved so dearly and that changed his perspective on school. Years later I found an FFA that met my needs at showed me a career path that I would follow. I have been teaching agriculture and watching the miracle of students excelling FFA for thirty years-and I wouldnt change a thing. FFA is more important today than it has ever been. We need the leadership and success that FFA promotes.