More than 16,000 connect with National FFA Organization during campaign

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CONTACT
Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Foundation
DBrodt@FFA.org
317-802-4351

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012/National FFA Foundation) – Thousands throughout the U.S. connected with FFA during a four-month campaign that shared today’s relevance of the 84-year-old organization and asked supporters to share their personal story about how FFA made a difference in their lives.

Launched in August, CONNECT! is a partnership between the National FFA Foundation, National FFA Organization and National FFA Alumni. The campaign’s goal was to establish a connection between FFA, as many of the estimated 7 million people who have been members of the organization since its inception in 1928, supporters, friends and more.

When the promotional portion of the campaign ended Dec. 30, more than 16,000 people had established a new or renewed connection with FFA.

“We received thousands of personal stories about how FFA has shaped lives and careers, turned quiet and shy students into committed and dedicated leaders and prepared young adults for life-long careers in the agriculture industry,” said National FFA Foundation executive director Rob Cooper. “These stories have been shared throughout our organization and have reaffirmed our daily commitment to making the FFA experience a deep, meaningful and rewarding experience for each and every one of the 540,000 students throughout the U.S. who are proud FFA members.”

CONNECT! will continue to reach out to people who have been involved with FFA and anyone who is interested in learning more about FFA. To connect with FFA, visit www.FFA.org/Connect.

The National FFA Organization provides agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that fund FFA activities, recognize member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/donate.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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 United States Congress and it 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. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online, on Facebook, on Twitter and FFA Nation.