INDIANAPOLIS — Taylorville FFA of Illinois was named the 2023 Premier Chapter: Strengthening Agriculture during the 96th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis.
Taylorville FFA identified the need for adult role models and established a program called My Mentor.
The chapter worked with its alumni and supporters to organize and facilitate this support group involving 137 FFA members and 38 community volunteer leaders. As a result, students gained relationship-building, job interviewing and career skills.
The National Chapter Award program, sponsored by John Deere, recognizes outstanding FFA chapters that actively implement the organization’s mission and strategies.
These chapters improve operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.
National FFA recognizes the top chapters with innovative activities in three divisions — growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture.
Chapters that receive three-star ratings during judging are eligible to compete for the premier chapter awards. Ten FFA chapters competed for the honor.