Unformatted text preview: “What’s In FFA For Me?”
Recruitment, Retention &
Student Handbook - Chapter 1
Teacher’s Guide - Lesson 1.1
Agriscience Teacher’s Manual - Sections 9 & 20 Focus
♦ How have you been recruited/retained in
How your lifetime?
♦ What are some of the major
What promotional/marketing campaigns that you
are familiar with?
♦ Are these efforts worth the trouble? Reasons for the FFA
Reasons There are four major reasons underlying
There why there are FFA programs:
Legal/Policy Psychological Basis for the FFA
FFA helps young
FFA helps young
people fulfill all
people fulfill all
llevels of Maslow’s
evels of Maslow’s
Hierachy of Needs.
Hierachy of Needs. Educational Basis for FFA & 4-H
Educational FFA is a powerful manifestation of the
FFA Stimulus-Response Learning Theory
– FFA Instruction is the stimulus
Student projects are the response
FFA awards are the reinforcement Legal/policy basis for FFA
Legal/policy The FFA is recognized as an integral part of
The the curriculum by the federal government.
– A. The Federal Government was responsible
for establishing the FFA. Agricultural
education leaders with the Federal Board for
Vocational Education provided the leadership
for the establishment of the FFA. Legal/policy basis for FFA...
– The George-Barden Act of 1946 states federal
funds can be expended on "supervision by the
vocational agriculture teacher of the activities,
related to vocational education in agriculture, of
the Future Farmers of America and the New
Farmers of America".
• How many "clubs" have provisions in federal law
authorizing federal expenditures on "club"
activities? Legal/policy basis for FFA...
– The FFA has a Federal Charter (Public Law 740):
• Sec. 18 "The United States Commissioner of Education
. . . is authorized to make available personnel, services,
and facilities of the Office of Education . . . to
administer or assist in the administration of the
business and activities of the corporation."
• Sec. 8 requires Federal education officials to be part of
the governing structure of the FFA. Legal/policy basis for FFA....
Legal/policy The courts have ruled that FFA is
The intracurricular and is an integral part of the
– A student in Texas who was active in the FFA
moved to a new school. The school had
vocational agriculture but no FFA. He brought
a lawsuit against the school and won. The
school had to start a FFA chapter.
school How do young people benefit
from membership in the FFA?
Philosophical Basis Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Provides for personal development. Young
Provides people grow and mature through 4-H and
FFA. These organizations help in the
maturation Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Develops “people” skills that can be used
Develops throughout life such as learning to work in
teams and how to set and achieve goals as a
group. 4-H and FFA promote the
development of interpersonal relationship
skills. Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Develops leadership skills.
Develops Research has shown that
membership in FFA and
4-H develops leadership skills.
Members are more likely
to be community leaders
in the future. Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Provides for experiential learning. In 4-H
Provides and FFA students learn new information
through a “hands-on” approach. Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Develops responsibility. FFA and 4-H
Develops members learn to be responsible for their
actions. For the organization to succeed
each member has to do his/her part.
each Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Helps make learning fun. Not only
Helps is learning enhanced if it
experiential, it is also
enhanced if it can be made
enjoyable. Many educational
activities in 4- H and FFA are
fun; thus learning is improved.
fun; Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Farm and home life is improved. When
Farm students apply what they have learned in 4students
H and FFA at home, life is improved. This
can be in the inner city, suburbs or in rural
areas. 4-H was originally used to
teach parents new agricultural and home
economics practices through the
children. That still
happens Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Develops self-confidence. When 4-H and
Develops FFA members experience success in their
endeavors, they gain a new
sense of self-confidence
in their abilities.
in Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Provides recognition. Many young people
Provides have never won a single award or
recognition. Through youth organization
activities, young people have a
chance to receive recognition.
This is an important part of
developing into a well-balanced
individual. Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Provides a positive atmosphere. Young
Provides people today come from a variety of
backgrounds; not all of which are desirable
or healthy. The FFA and 4-H often provides
the only nurturing and positive
atmosphere the young
person will experience.
person Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Develops a sense of community and
Develops volunteerism. Community improvement and
development is a hallmark characteristic of
both 4-H and FFA. Through participation in
these activities the young person learns that
he or she is part of a larger community.
he Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Improves communication and decision
Improves making skills. Public speaking and
participation in meetings is
encouraged in the youth
organizations. In these
activities students learn to
think on their feet and make
quick Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Cultivate new friends and develop respect
Cultivate for others. Life long friendships develop
through 4-H and FFA activities. Young
people also learn how to interact with their
peers. Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Promotes career awareness. By participating
Promotes in FFA and 4-H activities, young people
become aware of new career opportunities.
become Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Learn to be more accepting of other cultures
Learn and diversity. By participating in youth
organization activities outside the local area,
young people are exposed to different
cultures. At the national FFA convention
some FFA chapters purposely have
meals with other FFA
chapters who are
culturally Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Develop parliamentary procedure skills and
Develop the ability to run a meeting. No matter what
a person does in life, a knowledge of
parliamentary procedure and how to
conduct a meeting are valuable skills. Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Agricultural Literacy. Many 4-H and FFA
Agricultural members do not end up in agricultural
careers. However, their participation in 4-H
and FFA activities makes them better
informed consumers, more knowledgeable
of agriculture, and more appreciative of the
nation’s agricultural heritage.
nation’s Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Develops skills and responsibilities
Develops associated with being a role model and
mentor. There are numerous 4-H and FFA
activities where older members work with
younger members and
children. Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Earn scholarships and money. Through
Earn participation in FFA and 4-H activities,
young people have the opportunity to earn
scholarships and cash prizes for their
efforts. Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Fosters a sense of belonging. It is human
Fosters nature to want to be accepted. Young people
want to be part of a group. The FFA and 4-H
provide a much more desirable way to
belong to a group than the
alternatives such as gangs.
alternatives Benefits of 4-H and FFA
Benefits Have the opportunity to travel. Many young
Have people, even in this day and age, go on their
first real trip of first overnight trip away
from home while participating in 4-H and
FFA activities. There is also the opportunity
for international travel.
for Student Recruitment
♦ The Total/Balanced Program:
♦ Use of appropriate materials:
– FFA Student Handbook, Teachers’ Guide
to the FFA Student Handbook, Official
S ig ♦ Strategies & Resources: (12) Student Retention
♦ Strategies: (6)
♦ What are some of your
ideas? Members ♦ The Total/Balanced
The FFA Chapter Promotion
♦ Agriscience Teachers’
Agriscience Manual: 20-2
♦ All Inclusive!
♦ Be a Promoter!
♦ Hall of Fame!
♦ Make your Program
♦ The Banquet! ♦ Service
♦ Parents’ Night
♦ Perception is Reality
– How does your place
♦ Community Signage
♦ Others? Work Smart, And Hard!
♦ Don’t Re-Invent the Wheel!
– Use all functions as a change to recruit, retain,
♦ In a commentary in Education Week (September
Education 26, 1984) Stuart Rosenfield stated that agricultural
education was a model for education reform. He
praised the FFA for developing leadership. If
people would learn more about the MODERN day
FFA and 4-H program, they would recognize the
importance of these programs in developing our
young Guided Practice
♦ Buzz Session:
– Develop 2 recruitment, retention, and
– Elect a reporter.
– Report back to the class. ...
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2012 for the course AS&D 410 taught by Professor Kylemcgregor during the Fall '10 term at Tarleton.
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