Blue Jackets Awarded to SouthWest Metro FFA Members

Blue Jackets Bright Futures
Posted on 12/06/2016
SWMetro Blue Jacket Recipients

The Minnesota FFA Foundation announced the presentation of the official FFA jacket to members of the SouthWest Metro FFA Chapter. Cheylub Schmitt of Jordan and Madison Armstrong of Waconia will receive their own jackets.

Schmitt and Armstrong, Agricultural Careers students at SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288, will receive their jackets thanks to the Blue Jackets Bright Futures program.
The program provides FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are starting their FFA careers. Students answered a set of questions regarding their involvement with FFA and what it would mean to them to receive their own jacket, as well as what financial needs they may have. This is the seventh 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 to support their FFA involvement. A personalized FFA jacket provides recipients with a sense of pride while giving them ownership of their FFA experiences, said Lavyne Rada, Minnesota FFA Association Leadership Development Coordinator. 
“FFA plays an important role in developing agricultural and leadership skills in students while preparing them for their future careers.”

“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,” Val Aarsvold, Minnesota FFA Foundation Executive Director, said.

For more information about the Minnesota FFA Foundation’s Blue Jacket Bright Futures program, contact Executive Director Val Aarsvold at (507) 534-0188 or visit

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.