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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

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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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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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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.

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.

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!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Brian46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was active in FFA for 5 years and look forward to becoming active once again when I have children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

Danielle S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is something to be said about a Youth Organization that puts on the largest annual National Convention in the United States of America. No other youth organization allows for the diversity of skill sets that the FFA does. Most youth organizations (well, most organizations period) bring people together because of a common background or common goal. There is only one thing common about FFA and that is the tool through which it functions, Agriculture and Agricultural Education. As for what they do, FFA has so many options for members to succeed its shocking. FFA truly allows for anyone's skill set in life to shine bright, no matter what that may be. There is just so much to do! Also, what is great about the FFA is their Official Dress. The Official Dress that FFA members have to wear to events is standard for all. This standardized attire encourages appropriate dressing for students of all ages and genders. It also does something more important though, it allows those students in FFA to be judged on their abilities and personalities. You cannot judge a FFA member on how they dress or what they look like.........because they all look and dress the same! So, it inadvertently forces people to look at that student’s skills and personality. I believe that this tends to bring out the best in people.