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!
I learned about FFA through my dad's high school yearbook. My dad was a member of FFA and the yearbook picture of all the FFA boys in their corduroy jackets was an inspiration to me. As a farm girl, I could not participate in sports because I had to help out on the farm after school. However, I was allowed to join FFA and participate in contests since they were directly related to my home activities. My FFA advisor became a second father to me and my FFA friends were a second family. My FFA experiences led to scholarships that allowed me to become an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor myself. Without that financial support, my life's path would have been much different. Since then, I have helped countless students reach beyond their own expectations and make a difference through agriculture and FFA. The long history of FFA adds credibility to our activities and builds connections with our communities. My grandfather used to tell stories about his trip to Kansas City for the National FFA Convention. All FFA members have stories of leadership that have helped to strengthen agriculture across our country. FFA will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of students.
FFA was a turning point for me when I was in high school. I didn't know that there was a community of leaders out there that cared about me and the things I participated in and it helped me find a career in horticulture and agriscience. Now, I am a teaching assistant for a local Tech Center where I can work with FFA students, doing the things we both like and helping them find a future related to things they enjoy,
I have been involved with the FFA since 1989, when I was in 7th grade. Without the positive role models I met and the leadership skills I gained, I wouldn't be the person I am today. Home wasn't the best place when I was growing up, so any chance I had to go to an event organized through the FFA or on a trip to a conference or workshop where I could build life skills to get out of that negative home situation...I was there! One of those trips took me to the college I chose to attend after I graduated from high school and the organization also provided me with a look at many different careers. I chose to become an Agriscience Instructor and FFA Advisor so that I could in turn be that positive role model for young people today. I have never looked back! This organization offers students the vehicles necessary to set and achieve goals, gain valuable life skills and become upstanding citizens who can make a difference in others' lives. I am proud to be an Agriscience Instructor and lifetime FFA Alumni member.
My mother was the first female admitted into her high school chapter back in 1969. She wore her jacket proudly, as did her sister, my cousin, and then me. And now that I'm an FFA advisor, that jacket is still being worn - by my students. I work in one of the poorest counties in Virginia and our students can't afford to purchase jackets, but that hasn't stopped them. FFA means so much to our kids. It gives them opportunities that would NEVER be possible without this organization. Agriculture is obviously important and the root behind this organization - afterall, where would we be without it? - but we're able to give these kids so much more than that. They will use the skills they learn in this organization for the rest of their lives - it will make them better individuals, better community members, better employees, and better leaders.
FFA has been a part of my life since 1993. It is a phenomenal organization that gave me a boost in life and helped me chose my career. Students learn not only how important agriculture is, but life long skills as well. It gives students good clean fun and lots of opportunities to expand their horizons!
The National FFA Organization has been a part of my life since the 1970's. As a student it was valuable in opening opportunities to developing skills in public speaking, team building, record keeping and career exploration. I stayed involved through college and became an agriculture teacher. I find the opportunities for todays students are never ending. The organization is still relevant and evolving to meet the needs of ALL students, rural, suburban or urban communities.
I joined FFA in my freshman year of high school and have never looked back. I became an agriculture teacher and after nearly 30 years I can honestly say that the National FFA Organization changes students lives. The FFA is the premier student leadership organization in the United States and has been emulated all over the world. I have seen so many students find their place in the world through their involvement with the FFA at the chapter, state and national levels. The National FFA Organization has changed to make it relevant to all young people, not just farm kids. It is forward thinking, socially aware and initiative driven.
The National FFA directly impacts students in communities (rural, suburban and urban) by developing the leadership and career skills through contests, interviews, and conferences. Tied in with agricultural education so that students can learn about feed, fueling and beautifying our planet.
While I was never in FFA, I watched my Uncles, my brother, and my male friends succeed in FFA projects in my small rural high school. We had a small, but mighty chapter. I graduated with a degree in Ag/Hort and married a boy who loved agriculture and wanted to teach...that's where I saw kids blossom. They might not have it in the classroom, but with FFA everybody had a niche. I became so passionate about this area of agriculture, I went back to school, received my ag ed teaching license and now teach both ag. and science to Jr. High and High school students. I am the JH advisor and boy do they have energy! I have to say I love their enthusiasm and this year's convention set them on fire...it was awesome!! They can't get enough! Makes my job a lot easier and gives us all something to look forward to in the future, rest a little easier, knowing that it will be in good hands as long as there are Vo-Ag programs and the FFA.