Building communities, one person at a time.
Many agriculture teachers say that PALS is the ideal FFA program, because it can make a big impact even with a small budget. PALS makes the most of the human resources found in every community.
In schools with a PALS program, administrators, counselors and teachers begin to see agricultural education and FFA as an important component of their overall curriculum.
PALS also opens doors to growing a more diverse FFA membership and helps build strong community partnerships.
How to Start a PALS Program in Your Community
- Go to http://ffa.learn.com
- Register an account, once logged in you can access free lessons
- Assemble a six-member team that will manage and set direction for the program.
Each team should include:
- The elementary school administrator
- The secondary school administrator,
- The elementary school guidance counselor
- The secondary school guidance counselor,
- The high school agriculture teacher or FFA advisor
- A person familiar with community resources who will serve as a coordinator.
Your team will be responsible for:
- Providing mentorship training to as many FFA volunteers as the program will allow during the first six weeks of the fall semester.
- Establishing a mentor advisory team from a cross-section of community representatives to assist in identifying funding sources for your PALS program.
Potential funding sources include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Civic organizations
- Police departments
- School personnel
- Social service/human resource agencies
- FFA Alumni
- National Young Farmer Educational Association, etc.