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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

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

AgRow

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Debbie62

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Lauren36

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the National FFA Organization, I would not be the person I am today or have any sort of career goals. My father was a member when he was in high school and I was expected to take Ag courses and become a member as well. I never realized how much of a difference FFA would make in my life. From learning about different facets of the agriculture industry, to helping me learn to speak and be comfortable in front of large groups of people, to fostering my passion for agriculture, FFA has it all. I'm proud to have been a member and continue to support this organization wholeheartedly.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FFA has been one of the most influential things in my life. I honestly had no idea how it would change the path of my life forever. When I joined FFA in 9th grade I was that shy girl who was always made fun of for her love of horses and animals. I signed up for basic ag. out of shear luck. When I first stepped into the agriculture room I had no idea that it would soon become my second home. I had no idea what it was. I even met my role model Kendall that day. She stood proud in her blue corduroy jacket that I would soon adopt into my closet. I spoke to the teacher and he seemed extremely excited. I was weary, but it seemed like my kind of place. I joined the swine showing team and found a new love. I have a new passion for these cute little animals. well if you can call a 300 pound pig little. I soon opened up to some of the members and as the year went on I became more active. I was even elected as our class reporter for opening ceremony practice, even though my cheeks flamed just standing in front of my small class. I soon decided to run for an officer position for chapter. I became chapter reporter and continued on my path. I soon fell in love with public speaking and competed in the prepared public speaking contest. Then in April I decided to run for area, but toward the end I got scared. My advisor was quick to jump in and MAKE me run. I practiced my speech for weeks. I yelled it across pastures and said it in my sleep practically. As I stood on stage I remember my knees shaking and my white knuckles clutching the podium. I said my speech with a smile and got off stage without falling. When names were called I heard mine and I walked onto stage. I thought I had gotten sentinel, but much to my surprise I was elected President. I am truly blessed by God to have that opportunity. I have had many chances to work with younger students as well as some my age. I look forward to running for state officer this year and I hope to give back to this organization just half of what it gave me. It has even shaped my career choice. I always wanted to be a vet, but last year God told me to be an agriculture teacher and I hope to make an impact on someones life like my advisor has for me. I thank God every day for bringing me to this organization. I do everything for the glory of Him!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently a member of The National FFA Organization and have been a member since the seventh grade. The FFA has impacted my life greatly. My experience as an FFA member has shaped me into the person I am today. The FFA is a great group that promotes premier leadership, personal group, and career success. As a current FFA member and officer, I encourage every high-school student that has an FFA chapter at their school and officers Agriscience classes to join in. It is definitely a life changing experience! BLUE AND GOLD!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The National FFA Organization makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricutlural education. It provides opportunities for agricultural education students to build relationships and develop leadership skills that position them to be lifelong learners! FFA puts the concepts students are learning in agriculture classes and personal work projects (called supervised agricultural experiences or SAEs) into travel, competitive, and service opportunities. For example, I became passionate about animal agriculture in my basic agricultural science class, got hands-on experience by starting my own business raising swine, and cattle, and competed in award programs against other students with similar projects. As a junior in high school, I attended the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. where I was challenged to put my passion for agriculture into action through service. I came back to my community and conducted agricultural activities with elementary school students, learning together through agriculture. FFA helped me find my passion and gave me the skills and connections to pursue that passion!

J.w. A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Phenomenal organization preparing our students with the resources they need to be successful in their careers and to be educated consumers of society. Preserving through agricultural, students have the opportunity to learn 21st Century skills. Not do FFA students learn through hands on experiences, they understand how to be leaders in their communities.