This group recently awarded more than $400,000 in rural youth development grants to 65 local FFA chapters in 19 states across the country.
The Hannan FFA Chapter in Ashton received $4,000 to fund its project, “Improvement at Hannan High School.” The grant application details how “new improvements will involve the planting of the area with native trees, small plants and herbs, as well as the construction of lab tables where seventh through twelfth grade classes can meet for outdoor, hands-on class instruction.”
The Hannan FFA Chapter advisor is Jenna Meeks. Meeks is looking to obtain more grants at HHS.
“Being a first year teacher, this is my first completed grant and I look forward to many more in my future here at Hannan,” Meeks said. “The students and staff at Hannan have been very excited about this grant because it will be something the students will get to participate in and come up with the finished project that will not only benefit them, but the Ashton community as well.”
The “Living to Serve” grants serve as an outreach to rural youth and they support service-learning projects that impact local community needs. To be eligible for a grant, FFA members must live in a rural area and submit a competitive proposal for a service-learning project which successfully addresses a local issue or need.
The grants are administered by USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the National FFA Organization.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 506,199 student members, all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture, as part 7,429 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States, and is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture.
The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.