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FFA Degree Community Service Hour Requirement

FFA Degree Community Service Hour Requirement

 

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Community Service Hours Requirements

Chapter FFA Degree

To receive a chapter FFA degree, a member must complete 10 hours of community service activities.

Activities listed/hours counted as Community Service cannot be also count as required FFA chapter activities or as SAE hours. Activities/hours may only be used in one section of an application.

State FFA Degree

To receive a state FFA degree, members must complete at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different activities. (Doing the same activity two different times does not meet the “two different activities” requirement.)

Activities listed/hours counted as Community Service cannot be also count as required FFA chapter activities or as SAE hours. Activities/hours may only be used in one section of an application.

American FFA Degree Requirements

To receive an American FFA degree, members must complete at least 50 hours of community service in a minimum of three different activities. (Doing the same activity two different times does not meet the “two different activities” requirement.)

Activities listed/hours counted as Community Service cannot be also count as required FFA chapter activities or as SAE hours. Activities/hours may only be used in one section of an application.

Community Service Hours Requirement FAQs

Are the American FFA degree community service hours cumulative?

Yes.

For example, you can add the 10 hours earned while obtaining your chapter degree to the 15 hours earned while obtaining your state degree. You can then add those 25 hours and an additional 25 hours to reach the 50 hours required for your American FFA Degree.

10 chapter degree hours + 15 additional hours = 25 state degree hours
25 state degree hours + 25 additional hours = 50 American degree hours

What types of activities count as "Community Service?"

Defining Community Service:

Community service is the engagement of individuals or groups in an organized activity that contributes to the local, national or world community. Community service activities are those opportunities that are available to all residents of a community. They consist of activities that make the community a better place to live and work. It is also known as volunteering which is defined as the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause, without payment, for their time and services.

FOR ACTIVITIES TO BE ACCEPTABLE AS FFA DEGREE COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MUST BE MET:

  1. The activity includes tangible community involvement by the applicant.
  2. The applicant has an opportunity to gain skills and competencies or apply skills and competencies learned in the classroom setting.
  3. The activity has a demonstrated positive impact and is focused on helping others, improving community resources or improving community infrastructure.
    1. Community members impacted may not be members of the applicants own family.
  4. The applicant must voluntarily donate his/her time, energy and knowledge outside of any class time, including non-agricultural education class time.
    1. If the applicant is allowed to perform service in place of other required activities (classwork for example) it is not donated time and should not be counted.
    2. Service required for reparations or punishment is not voluntary and cannot be counted.
  5. Community Service activities can be organized by a group the applicant is a part of (FFA Chapter, church congregation, sports team, etc.), but the activity cannot be for the benefit of the group itself.
    • Exception: If the applicant is a member of a group whose SOLE purpose for existing is to provide service (March of Dimes, United Way, American Cancer Society, etc.) an event put on by the group may benefit its own service mission.
  6. Activities listed/hours counted as Community Service cannot be duplicated in the FFA activities section of the application or as unpaid SAE hours. Activities/hours may only be used in one section of an application.

See FFA Degree Community Service Guidelines for examples of acceptable and unacceptable community service activities.