265 Jackets Donated to Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program

This year, the Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program had over 600 applicants! Of those applicants 265 were selected to receive a donated jacket from this years’ program! Thank you to all of the donors of this program. Your donation has now changed an FFA members life forever for them to be able to have their own FFA jacket to wear.

The FFA Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program selection committee met to review student applications. The committee saw a wide array of need and potential in these students, ranging from a rough home life, a strong financial need and a desire and potential to do more in FFA.

Thank you for support ing the 2014 Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. program.

Each student answered four questions and their advisor sent in a statement. Here are some experts from the students applications:

What does FFA mean to you?

“FFA not only gives us the ability to learn about agriculture, it gives us more life skills, such as communication and leadership. There might be a lot of information to take in, but you pick up a lot of friends along the way. FFA is an experience you would probably never forget. To me, it means the chance to learn new things and experience things that will help me to achieve my goals and dreams now and in the future.”

“FFA means the opportunity to meet new people, learning more about agriculture, expanding my knowledge on the FFA topic and opportunity to be a leader. By meeting new people I can better my presentation and communication skills. Learning more on agriculture could help me better my knowledge on how to be a successful farmer. Expanding my knowledge on the FFA topic would better my opportunity to be a successful FFA member and a sponsor. Being in FFA would give me the opportunity to be a leader.”

How will the FFA jacket help you make an impact?

“My FFA jacket will not only help me to make an impact, but will also give me a great sense of pride as I display my FFA chapter’s name. With my jacket I will be able to reach my full potential in FFA and devote much of my time to my chapter.”

“The jacket will help me make an impact because it represents my state and chapter. I will be able to do great things in FFA while wearing this jacket because it will allow me to learn more and to participate in events for me and my chapter.”

FFA Jacket Impacts Teach Ag Intern

 By Nebraska Teach Ag Intern Miranda Paitz

When I enrolled in my first agricultural class my freshman year of high school, I had no idea what FFA was; all I knew was that there were a large amount of kids that showed under FFA at my county fair. It didn’t take me long to get involved in my FFA chapter at Wilcox-Hildreth and see just how much FFA had to offer.

My freshman year, I was able to attend the State FFA Convention as a participant in the Agriscience untitledcontest, and I was able to earn a ribbon while I was there. It was very inspirational to be able to go to the convention and see all of the other FFA students as well as the agricultural businesses that support FFA. I was then able to go to the National FFA Convention my sophomore year and I was amazed by the amount of blue jackets, FFA emblems, and positive atmosphere that I was surrounded by. At our first session, the National FFA Chorus was there to perform; they were incredible! I looked at my advisor and said “Mr. Johnson, wouldn’t it be cool if I was in that choir?” and he replied, “You could be in that choir someday if you wanted to, but you would need to try out, I believe that you would make it”. Our FFA chapter only attended the National FFA Convention every other year and so, the main focus of my junior year was being a chapter officer. However, my senior year, I decided to try out for the National FFA Chorus, and I was accepted! I was one of three people from my high school that had ever been a part of the National FFA Chorus and, thanks to the help of the Wilcox-Hildreth School Board, I was able to fly to Indianapolis a week before my chapter so that I could rehearse with the rest of the chorus. As if being a part of the National FFA Chorus wasn’t enough, I was able to sing a solo part in one of our songs!

The experiences that I’ve had while wearing my FFA jacket and being an FFA member are some that others can only dream about doing. Thanks to the support from my community, family, friends and chapter, I was able to reach high levels of achievement and I am very proud of my decision to enroll into an agricultural class my freshman year of high school. Now, I am planning on supporting FFA and agricultural education even more by becoming an agriculture teacher and an FFA advisor. Though I am not supposed to wear my jacket while in this role, I will embrace those that can and help to show them the potential that they gain just by putting it on. I hope that I can help my future students achieve in their own ways as FFA members when I start teaching in Cambridge next year.

Donating an FFA jacket to a student will change their life forever. They will benefit from this experience because they will be able to attend state convention and many other great activities and contests. I hope that you will consider donating $80 to the Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program to provide an FFA member with an FFA jacket and tie or scarf. You can go to the link below to donate online before the September 1st deadline. https://neffafoundationorg.presencehost.net/support_us/donate.html

 

 

Read Your 2016 June Newsletter Online

The printed version of True Blue Nebraska News will arrive in mailboxes soon! Get full details of the 2015-16 I Believe in the Future of Ag campaign, a past State FFA Officer update and find out what a UNL fraternity and sorority did to support the FFA Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. campaign in this issue. Click below to enlarge and read it online.

Alpha Gamma Rho and Sigma Alpha Donate 48 FFA Jackets

image002Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) and Sigma Alpha (SA) joined forces this year to raise funds for the Nebraska FFA Foundation’s Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. program. An annual Hog Roast, a barbecue pork meal during the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources week, was held at the AGR house, with all proceeds going to the jacket program. The Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program is a way to support an FFA member with the gift of a jacket and scarf or tie through an $80 donation. Students apply to the program by submitting an application in August. The amount of jackets given out each year depends on how many donations are received directly for the Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program.

This year’s Hog Roast went above everyone’s expectations. AGR and SA donated their hog roast philanthropy donations to the Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program. This program is a way to support an FFA member with the gift of a jacket and scarf or tie through an $80 donation. Students apply to the program by submitting an application in August. The amount of jackets given out each year depends on how many donations are received directly for the Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program.

Over 470 peopled attended the Hog Roast. They had many generous donations from various individuals and businesses across the state. Their contribution will fund 48 FFA jackets for the program.

“We exceeded our expectations this year for funds we could pass on… and are glad we could help a cause and organization that has affected so many of us,” said Cody Kuester, AGR member.

A couple of the past state officers are in AGR and suggested donating the money to FFA to fund FFA jackets. AGR and SA felt that it was a great way to help students in need become more active in FFA and be able to compete in their blue jacket.

Thank you to AGR, SA, and your donors for the generous donation. We know that members all over Nebraska will be very thankful and proud to have their own FFA jacket.

Donations for the annual Blue Jacket. Bright Futures. program are accepted each August. Click here to learn more.

 

 

 

 

Record Number of Jackets Awarded

We would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program. You truly are helping a student fulfill their dreams of owning their own FFA jacket. Our goal was met this year for the Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program! We had 634 students apply this year. That is around the same number that applied last year. Last year we had 259 jackets donated and this year we had 315 jackets donated. Our goal for this year was 275 jackets.

The committee met on September 28th to look at the 634 student applications. In each application they are asked how many years they have been in FFA, highest FFA degree obtained, what FFA means to them, how will the FFA jacket help them make an impact, what they have done or experienced in FFA since becoming a member, and what their FFA future looks like. Their FFA advisor also had to send in a statement for each student of why they think their student should earn an FFA jacket from this program.

Here are a few of the excerpts from the student applications:

How will the FFA jacket help you make an impact?

“The FFA jacket will help me make an impact because when I wear the jacket, of course people will ask questions and then I can have the chance to educate people on FFA.”

“I want kids like me, that don’t live on a farm, to know that they can still be active and learn about agriculture and all it has to offer. Wearing the FFA jacket will show them, that, like me, they can do anything they set their mind to whether they live in the city or the country. Having an FFA jacket will allow me to help make our chapter visible in a school and in a rural community where it’s been missing for over 25 years. Somewhere on those bleachers sits a little boy or a little girl who wants to learn more about FFA as they get older or dreams about wearing the navy blue and corn gold FFA jacket. I was one of those little girls. Now I wear the FFA jacket with pride. I wear the FFA jacket to show people that I am part of an amazing and fun organization and that I want to make a positive difference.”

“The FFA jacket allows its members to represent themselves. The members’ performance, and drive to excel allow them to represent FFA. This exhibits the merit of the organization. The merit of the organization is a testament to its members who deserve to be represented not only by their jackets, but their commitment to excellence.”

FFA Jacket Creates Memories and Opens Doors

Victoria Talcott pictured in her FFA jacket.

By Victoria Talcott, Nebraska FFA Foundation Intern

When you are a child, you are always excited to grow up to be able to do activities that your family, friends, and role models took part in. FFA was one of those activities I could not wait to be apart of. All of my life I have grown up on a farm and participated in 4-H, which gave me a glimpse of what FFA would be like. Once I became a freshman I could not have been more excited to join FFA because not only did my parents participate in FFA, but also my grandpa.

The first memory I have in my FFA jacket was when I attended National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. My friends and I had no idea what to expect. We rode the bus with about forty other kids to wake up the next morning to put our FFA jackets on for the first time in complete official dress. In that moment we all knew that this jacket and organization would change our lives forever.

Many activities went by throughout the years from attending state convention, national land judging, Supervised Agricultural Experience contests, Leadership Skills Event, community service projects, and more. I learned many great skills that I use in my everyday life. FFA has helped to teach me in depth information about agriculture. It has helped to show me exactly what I wanted to do with my future because FFA gave me opportunities to try new activities to see what I enjoyed the most. I have also met numerous people that I am now great friends with.

As we gear up for the Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program, I decided to look at some of the applications that fellow FFA members have sent in throughout the years. Last year we received 652 applications and were able to give out 259 jackets. Each year we receive many more applications requesting the jacket. Every student’s application has different characteristics. Here are some excerpts that students wrote on their applications:

“My FFA jacket will show what I believe in and what I work for. It will represent my place in FFA. The FFA jacket is the most recognizable symbol of FFA.”

“To me, FFA means a great opportunity to explore my interests and expand my knowledge of agriculture and caring for the land.”

“When I wear the FFA jacket I am not only representing our chapter. I am helping to represent an entire country of students who are as proud as I am to be a member of FFA. Once I put on my jacket I know it will open doors for me and my chapter.”

Donating an FFA jacket to a student will change their life forever. They will benefit from this experience because they will be able to attend state convention and many other great activities and contests. I hope that you will consider donating $80 to the Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. program to provide a FFA member with a FFA jacket and tie or scarf. You can click here to donate online before the September 1st deadline.

Record Need for FFA Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program

Thank you for support ing the 2014 Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. program.On September 29th, the FFA Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. program selection committee met to review student applications. The Nebraska FFA Foundation was excited to receive over 640 applications this year. This is almost twice the previous years’ amount of applications!

You provided FFA jackets to 259 students as part of this years’ program! Thank you!  The committee saw a wide array of need and potential in these students, ranging from a rough home life, a strong financial need, and a desire and potential to do more in FFA.

I really wish you could all have the opportunity to read through these applications, so here are a just a few excerpts from the student applications and advisor statements. I think it’s clear that your support of this program will make a difference in their success in Nebraska FFA.

Excerpts from Student Applications:

“I currently do not have a jacket of my own, and had to borrow an unmarked jacket. My sister said I could alter hers so that it would say my name, but I would feel guilty ruining her jacket. I would like to have my own jacket to wear to events and show off the pins that I earn.”

“Everyone always thinks FFA is dirt and cows, but to me, it’s a great way to learn leadership. Even though I’ve only been in FFA for a little while, I’ve seen many peers becoming leaders that are in FFA.”

“FFA to me is learning about our surroundings. It will help me choose what my future holds. FFA also means to me that we the students hold the future of all agriculture jobs now because our population is growing so rapidly, so it is important for FFA to grow to fill all the agriculture jobs that are needed in the future.”

Excerpts from Advisor Statements:

“He has the drive to learn more about agriculture and how he can fit into the “ag” scene. He lives in town and doesn’t have a lot of opportunities to get more hands on learning for agriculture during the school year. But does help a grandpa during the summers at his farm. He needs financial help to purchase his FFA jacket. He wants to be able to dress the way every FFA member dresses in official dress. Receiving a jacket from the Foundation would allow him to have visible proof that he is an FFA member and can be a part of the agriculture industry through being a member of the Nebraska FFA Association.”

“He is being raised by a hard-working single mother who works two jobs to make ends meet. If he gets a jacket through this program it would allow him to have his own jacket, otherwise I’m sure he’ll have to wear one of ours. I think as he gets older some leadership skills will come out. I do think he has the ability to represent out chapter at state in the future in several CDE activities. I think FFA will be good for him, and the leadership it will provide will help round him out.”