The Culture of The American West
SUPPORTING AGRICULTURE AND THE YOUTH
Future Farmers of America (FFA), 4-H Clubs, and Little Britches Rodeo Association are three organizations that evolved based on the culture of the American West.
- They have fostered and nurtured the youth of America by teaching them how to farm, care for animals and how to compete and ride in different rodeo events.
- They have provided opportunities to develop leadership skills and self-esteem. These young people succeed in ranching and farming, as well as participate competitively in rodeos and life.
4-H is an organization that provides the young people of America with an opportunity to learn leadership skills, citizenship, and the expertise of life skills.
Their Mission Statement and Vision Statement provide a foundation for all young people to succeed in life.
4-H MISSION STATEMENT:
4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
4-H VISION STATEMENT:
A world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change.
4-H began a century ago as an educational program for the nation’s rural youth. Today, 4-H meets the needs of and engages young people in positive youth development experiences.
These experiences are based on the idea that young people should be regarded as resources to be developed. 2002 was the centennial of 4-H and marked a renewed commitment to helping shape youth and communities.
In looking forward to the next century, 4-H will further develop its programs and continue its motto of “Making the Best Better”.
Future Farmers of America makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Members of FFA participate in a wide range of activities and are prepared for diverse careers, not just those related to agriculture.
Members of the FFA are not only from farming areas; FFA has chapters in 10 of the 15 largest US cities. Thirty-four percent of members live in urban and suburban areas, 39% in rural, non-farm areas, and 27% in rural farm areas.
LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO ASSOCIATION
Little Britches Rodeo Association, founded in Colorado in 1952 by a group of Rodeo enthusiasts, offers western-minded youth the opportunity to compete in rodeo, helping them to develop self-confidence, a sense of integrity and sportsmanship, and athletic talent. Many former NLBRA members have become top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls, recognized worldwide for their achievements.
In addition to providing family fun for children aged 5 to 18, Little Britches is dedicated to the success of youth of this country. The NLBRA awards $60,000 in college scholarships to contestants of all ages. Awards are based on rodeo performance as well as academic accomplishment.
To build sound healthy minds and bodies, to develop character and self-reliance, and good sportsmanship through competition in the great sport of Rodeo.