Sponsors needed-Blue Jackets
Bright Futures Program
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
For more information on how you can
support FFA members through the Minnesota FFA Foundation’s Blue Jacket BrightFutures 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.