FFA Helping Communities Grow Expands to Every State!

May 06, 2012 | 9:05 pm

After three successful years of offering the program in select states, the Nutrients for Life Foundation is excited to make the Helping Communities Grow program available to FFA chapters in all states starting this fall.

About the Program:

Students in each chapter will develop a community-based project using the Nutrients for Life Foundation curriculum, Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century, and other Foundation and FFA resources to present directly to community members. Chapters will select a theme (either Keeping the Earth Green or Nourishing Our World) to base its project and will be responsible for setting goals according to provided objectives, implementing a plan of action and measuring results. After the chapter’s project is complete, each chapter will submit a completed report summarizing their project to compete for a monetary reward. Past FFA participants have done some dynamic projects about soil science, such as creating a mural of Dr. Norman Borlaug (the father of the Green Revolution), held a Fertilizer Education Day for the local elementary school and studied the effect of fertilizers on plant growth and crop yield in hydroponic systems.

Chapters in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio and Washington:

Up to 30 chapters per state will receive a participation grant for $500 following the submission of the completed project application and required materials. In each state, monetary rewards of $5,000, $3,000, and $1,000 will be awarded to the first, second and third place chapter programs, respectively. In addition, each participating chapter that completes the requirements will be awarded a certificate of completion recognizing its community involvement. Chapters that receive one of the larger monetary rewards will not receive the $500 completion money.

All other states, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico:

The first 30 FFA chapters in all other states, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to submit a completed project application and required materials in the spring 2013 will receive a participation grant for $500. Monetary rewards of $5,000, $3,000, and $1,000 will be awarded to the first, second and third place chapter programs, respectively, and compete as a nationwide group. In addition, each participating chapter that completes the requirements will be awarded a certificate of completion recognizing its community involvement. Chapters that receive one of the larger monetary rewards will not receive the $500 completion money.

Stay tuned to our teacher e-newsletter for updates on the upcoming Helping Communities Grow program!