My experience as an FFA member was profoundly rewarding. I learned so many valuable skills and was able to hone skills and talents that serve me very well today. I am not employed in the agricultural industry today, but the skills that FFA has equipped me with are so fundamental and universal that I am thankful for my involvement each and every day. Giving back my time and talents to current members is an honor, and I feel great about contributing to the future of the organization to this day.
FFA helps young men and women interested in agriculture grow personally as professionals, leaders, and advocates for the industry. The organization has a strong history of successfully matching the educational programs in high school agricultural education with job and laboratory experiences and leadership training. The results are sometimes shocking. Thousands of us have learned and grown and now lead and volunteer. The best work of the organization is acoomplished in local high schools but fantastic dedicated teacher/advisors.
FFA is quite honestly one of the most influential and important youth organizations I have ever been involved in. While I currently serve primarily as a volunteer, I am also an advisory board member for our local chapter, was a 7 year FFA member, state officer and I now am a professional in the agriculture industry. I fully attribute my career success and personal development to skills I learned through this organization. Students involved in this program are not only exposed to leadership, speaking and career development skills, but are among the brightest, hardest working and most valuable students in many communities.
I have worked as a professional local agricultural education teacher and State and National administrator. Now that I am retired, I volunteer in support of the local teachers and students. FFA is the element that makes education fun and useful. It helps young people to engage in education and thus learn more then just classroom work. It helps them develop into young men and women with outstanding leadership and personal skills. They develop healthy relationships with others and strive to be positive in all that they do! I will continue to volunteer as long as I am able!
The National FFA Organization is a group of young adults that is not like any other group. We are students that have a passion for agriculture and are in school pursuing our dreams. The National FFA Organization has made me who I am today. I grew up on a farm in northeast Nebraska and joined FFA in the 8th grade. From there I have had a tremendous journey. I have won numerous awards and have gained skills that will be so helpful in my future. I have currently just received my American FFA Degree from the National Organization. This is the highest award in the nation that a FFA member can receive. It was truly, a great honor to receive this award and it is something that looks great on resumes. FFA has changed my life and will continue to make dreams come true for upcoming members. The National FFA Organization is the largest youth conference ever. So it is my opinion, that FFA is a tremendous group of young adults and we are the leaders of agriculture.
I just graduated high school in June of 2012. I was a member for four years an I have seen more places in the united states then my parents did. I was honored to compete in two state teams (dairy and agronomy). Today I am starting my career in the United States Army. The FFA taught me how to be a better leader, a better person, show motivation, and paying attention to small details. FFA is not just for small town hicks, but it's also for high class people. I recommend everyone should attend this group and challenge yourself and others.
The National FFA Organization is like none other. It helps students to make a difference and become active citizens. For me, it has helped me to have endless opportunities (even beyond my membership), develop quality relationships, build connections, grow as a leader, discover my passion, and prepare for a career. FFA does not just benefits its members, but all of society.
Truth be told, the FFA changed my life as it has and continues to do for over half a million members and lives the members reach out to. Truth be told I don't know where I would be if the FFA hadn't helped me through so much in high school. I wouldn't have the morals I have today or the friends, skills, relationships, or confidence, without the FFA I wouldn't be who I am today. Today and everyday I advocate for agriculture and agriculture education because I learned its importance in school while also learning the difference I can make, but no one can do it alone and I didn't have to because the FFA is the largest family I have ever been a part of. For me the FFA wasn't just a fun class with animals, shop tools, and food of course, it was my safe place, FFA was and is my home. I have never found a place with more accepting, heartfelt, dedicated, and assuring people. They don't care where you come from or what you have done in the past, they look forward, to your future as well as the worlds.
The FFA has and still is making a difference in my life. And trust me I love it! Without the FFA, HighSchool would probably be horrible. Every year I just learn more and more, my public speaking skills have improved,etc. The best part about the FFA is getting to meet knew people, it's such a blessing being surrounded with such patient people like myself. FOREVER BLUE!
My daughter has ADHD and anxiety, and was extremely shy when she joined the FFA. We were really shocked that she wanted to join, but excited too because it meant that she found something she was interested in. This will be her third year, and she has grown by leaps and bounds. She has more confidence in speaking in public than we ever thought she would, and she has made friends all over the U.S. who are passionate about the very same thing. She even went from wanting to be a veterinarian to wanting to be an Ag teacher. I have been volunteering with the local chapter for as long as my daughter has been a member. I have attended both state and national conventions, and I can honestly say that FFA is far more than just farming. They are teaching students how to be a leader with integrity. They are teaching students how to speak in public. They are helping to cultivate the student's thought process to enable them to be productive citizens. They promote agricultural awareness. There are just so many things that FFA is outside of farming/agriculture and I cannot say enough about what FFA means to us personally!
The FFA is giving students a chance to expand their leadership, and few other groups in high school do more in their local communities. That is why I am a major supporter/donator, as well as giving them as much of my time as I can. I am getting much more than the dollars and hours I give to them, when I see the great things they are doing to develop themselves, the program, and our community.
FFA truly prepares students for their future life and career. Unfortunately, not all students are taught good work ethic, repsonsibility, respectfulness, and other soft skills from home. This organization works to meet students where they are and raise their skill set so that they can be successful in the future. This organization also communicates well with students, parents, teachers, sponsors, and all stakeholders through the use of their website, availability of staff members, through social media outlets, and other avenues.
I've been involved with the FFA organization for 24 years and am going to continue with this great organization. The FFA builds self confidence, promotes agriculture, and gives people the resources they may need for their future indevors. Being involved with the FFA as a past president, public speaker, livestock judging/oral reasons has gained me the experience an confidence to do what I am doing now, an auctioneer. The FFA organization should be a required course in high school, once involved with this organization you will go far in whatever you intend to do...
I was in FFA in the late 70's and I didn't realize back then what an impact it had on me until I became involved in my community and begin using the leadership skills I had gained in FFA. It has also had a great impact on my three daughters who saw the value of FFA and were very active while in school and have become FFA Alumni members. They all have great future because of the skill they learned while in FFA
My respect for the FFA grew through my daughter's experience in the organization. The opportunities to develop her leadership skills, grow as a person and find her passion were tremendous. It is because of FFA that she is a successful part of the poultry industry, doing what she loves and loving what she is doing. And I've had the joy or observing many students in the past 10 years enjoy a similar experience.
As a high school student, FFA was a place I felt as though I could fit in and have a fun time with my friends. However, as I became more active, FFA was no longer just the organization I was part of; I began learning what it meant to be a global citizen. This organization provided me with a reality check that was sorely missing from my sheltered experiences in the rural Catskills. Through FFA I learned the importance of community service and what it will take to overcome the World Food Crisis. In addition, I also was given the opportunity to develop my self-confidence by participating in speaking events and lobbying on behalf of agriculture on both the state and national level. There is no way I would be where I am today without this organization.
I was inspired and impressed the first time I heard a 15-year-old in a blue jacket recite a creed about the past, present and future of agriculture. It gave me chills then and still does to this day. At that time I decided that I wanted every young person to have the opportunity that I didn't and learn about agriculture, leadership and service through FFA. This organization inspires me to work harder and support the students who dedicate themselves to making the future better. I am in awe of those students and thrilled to be able to support the National FFA Organization and it's mission.
I was not aware of FFA until my son's best friend introduced him to the organization. Sadly, like many, I assumed that it was all about farming. As my Son joined the ranks of many FFA members, I understood what the organization was about. The skills acquired during his time were many and included leadership, speaking and business skills. He went on to become a State officer and has become a wonderful young leader due to his time in FFA .Because of my son't success, I was fortunate enough to watch my daughter come out of her shell by also being a part of the high school organization. I would highly recomment FFA to any young adult who wants to excel above others in their school and life in general. I am a member of the local alumni chapter and it has been a wonderful experience. It is my was of giving back to an organization that I didn't have the opportunity to be a part of during my youth.
National FFA has been one of the top non-profits for me to give my time to. I have learned so much about Agriculture then I ever knew existed. I am so impressed by the young people who are a part of this organization. Their leadership qualities that I have observed are very outstanding. I am more aware of what it takes to feed the world and to have seen not only production farming but the research that goes into trying to feed the world. This organization is a great place for our children to learn and give back.
FFA positively benefits so many people and places each year. They encourage premier leadership, personal growth and career success. This amazing organization helped me to become who I am today.