PLAINVIEW, Minn. — Classroom doors are open and Minnesota FFA prepares to welcome thousands of young people into membership. The Minnesota FFA Foundation will again offer the Blue Jackets Bright Futures program which provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are starting their FFA career.
This is the 10th year the Minnesota FFA Foundation has offered the program.
“Nearly 40 percent of all agricultural education students are from economically challenged homes, making the role of the Minnesota FFA Foundation in supporting these students all the more important. The Blue Jackets Bright Future program is a valuable program providing students with an FFA jacket to support their FFA involvement. A personalized FFA jacket provides recipients with a sense of pride while giving them ownership of their FFA experiences, said Lavyne Rada, Minnesota FFA Association Leadership Development Coordinator. “FFA plays an important role in developing agricultural and leadership skills in students while preparing them for their future careers.”
“The jacket is a symbol of tradition and pride for those who have worn the official FFA jacket. Many past members have sponsored jackets, but it’s not uncommon for individuals and companies to sponsor jackets because they appreciate what the organization does to develop young leaders,” said Val Aarsvold, Minnesota FFA Foundation Executive Director. “Last year nearly 450 members applied for a jacket. The Foundation is busy working to secure the necessary sponsors to meet this year’s need.”
For more information on how you can support FFA members through the Minnesota FFA Foundation’s Blue Jacket Bright Futures program, contact Val Aarsvold at 507-534-0188 or visit our website at www.mnffafoundation.org.
It is the mission of the Minnesota FFA Foundation to secure strategic partnerships and financial resources that promote and enhance premier leadership, personal growth and career success for Minnesota youth in Agricultural Education.
— Minnesota FFA
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