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'Blue Jackets Bright Futures' program encourages youth to join FFA

As Minnesota FFA prepares to welcome thousands of young people into membership at the start of the school year, the Minnesota FFA Foundation will again offer the Blue Jackets Bright Futures program, which provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are starting their FFA career.

This is the fourth year the Minnesota FFA Foundation has offered the program.

"The Blue Jackets Bright Futures program is a valuable program providing students with an FFA jacket for their use during their FFA involvement. Many of the jacket recipients would not be able to afford their own jacket and having a jacket provides a real sense of pride and confidence for that student," said Leah Addington, Minnesota FFA Leadership Development Coordinator. "FFA plays an important role in the development of leaders that serve their local school and the agricultural community as a whole."

"The jacket is a symbol of tradition and pride for those who have worn the official FFA jacket. Many past members have sponsored jackets, but it's not uncommon for individuals and companies to sponsor jackets because they appreciate what the organization does to develop young leaders," said Val Aarsvold, Minnesota FFA Foundation Executive Director.

For more information about the Minnesota FFA Foundation's Blue Jacket Bright Futures program, contact Val Aarsvold at 507-534-0188 or visit the website at

The Minnesota FFA Foundation partners with individuals and businesses to provide resources that promote and enhance premier leadership, personal growth and career success for Minnesota youth in Agricultural Education.