With school in full swing, thousands of young people are joining FFA in Minnesota. To support these young people — future leaders for agriculture and their local communities — the Minnesota FFA Foundation is again offering the Blue Jackets Bright Futures program, which provides official FFA jackets to members who have completed an application indicating their desire to be involved with FFA programs.
This is the 14th year the Minnesota FFA Foundation has offered the program.
“The Blue Jackets Bright Future program is valuable in 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, says Lavyne Rada, Minnesota FFA Association program manager and regional supervisor. FFA plays an important role in developing agricultural and leadership skills in students while preparing them for their future careers, she adds.
“The jacket is a symbol of tradition and pride for those who have worn the official FFA jacket,” says Val Aarsvold, Minnesota FFA Foundation executive director. “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.”
The cost per FFA jacket is $85. Sponsorships are requested by Oct. 15.
More details about the program are available on the MInnesota FFA Foundation website.
For additional information on the Blue Jacket program, or for questions on how to support FFA in other ways, contact program coordinator Amanda Sommers at 507-461-2214.
The Minnesota FFA Foundation partners with individuals and businesses to provide resources that promote and enhance premier leadership, personal growth and career success for Minnesota youth in agricultural education. For more information about the Minnesota FFA Foundation, contact Aarsvold at 507-259-3586.