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Ronnie Simmons
Nov 12, 2019

FFA Membership Affiliation / Title IV Funding

Nov 12, 2019 by Ronnie Simmons

IMPORTANT:  Please take a moment to read this message in its' entirety as it may pertain to your FFA Chapter.

FFA Advisors,

As we recently shared at several teacher meetings, Florida FFA applied for a grant with the Florida Department of Education to utilize Title 4, Part A federal funding to assist FFA chapters in rural school districts with FFA Membership Affiliation.

I am pleased to report that FLDOE has accepted our proposal and approved the utilization of T4A funding to support FFA Chapters located in each county represented in the three educational consortiums in Florida (list included below).  As you might imagine, this is a big win for FFA and Agricultural Education in our state, helping to remove barriers to FFA membership and related programming.  

In a letter from the Director of the Title IV Part A program, Michelle Gaines wrote (in part), "the Florida Title IV, Part A (T4A) program is deeply committed to supporting student enrichment. We recognize that a multitude of barriers exist that challenge students participating in quality programming, and we want to support student achievement.  T4A is committing financial support for membership dues for the rural district students to actively engage in the Florida FFA Association."

This partnership will save individual students and chapters nearly $150,000 in membership fees allowing them greater flexibility at the local level and ensuring that the three-component model of agricultural education is delivered to every student in every classroom.  

What does this mean for your FFA Chapter?  If your FFA Chapter is located in one of the Title IV counties listed below, your FFA Membership Affiliation fee (for state and national membership) will be automatically paid by the T4A funding.  The list of counties covered in this agreement are:

Baker Bradford Calhoun Columbia Desoto Dixie
Flagler Franklin Gadsden Gilchrist Glades Gulf
Hamilton Hardee Hendry Highlands Holmes Jefferson
Lafayette Leon (DRS FAMU only) Levy Liberty Madison Nassau
Okeechobee Putnam Suwannee Taylor Union Wakulla
Walton Washington        

What are the next steps?  FFA chapters in each of these counties are automatically approved for membership affiliation and our staff is currently working behind the scenes (in the MyFFA system) to switch each chapter from the traditional dues structure to the membership affiliation structure and this process should be complete by tomorrow, Wednesday, November 13th.  Once this process is complete, we ask that each chapter begin the process of entering student names and addresses in the MyFFA online membership system.  Please remember, now that your chapter is "affiliated" you should enter the names of all students enrolled in you agriculture education program, as all of your agriculture students will automatically become FFA members.

Is there an easy way to upload all of my agriculture students to the roster?  YES!  In fact, we encourage you to utilize the National Roster Template to upload each your students, rather than entering all of their information manually.  To make this process even easier, if you will complete the Excel template and email it to us, we are happy to upload the template for you.  For your convenience, the template is included below.

National Roster Template.xlsx
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Where can I find more helpful information regarding completing the membership roster process?  For more information and several helpful tutorials regarding renewing and transferring members from other chapters, visit https://orgsync.com/128654/news_posts/338803

 


FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Constitution and Bylaws.

The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.