How to Start a PALS Program

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

  1. Go to http://ffa.learn.com
  2. Register an account, once logged in you can access free lessons
  3. 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
  • Parents
  • Social service/human resource agencies
  • FFA Alumni
  • National Young Farmer Educational Association, etc.