Buckle your seatbelts and let the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo turn your world upside down – in a good way!
This year’s convention and expo theme, “Transform,” encourages you to stretch the boundaries of what you thought you were capable of.
You may enter as an FFA member, but you will leave a leader, a servant of your community, a friend to new faces and most importantly, a better you.
This year’s convention and expo returns to the city of Indianapolis. A city full of activities, shopping and delicious restaurants, this change of scenery will shake up your convention and expo experience. Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Zoo, Mass Ave Arts District, Canal Walk and numerous other attractions.
It’s only fitting that the theme of this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo should be “Transform,” as the expo (previously known as the Career Show) celebrates 50 years of growth, expansion and improvement. This expo will also kick off celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act.
This act forever changed the course of agriculture by providing funds to those “who have entered upon or who are preparing to enter upon the work of the farm.”
There’s an App for That
Check out the National FFA Convention & Expo’s sleek new mobile app. The app has been upgraded to offer improved organization, FFA branding, and even some fun features like a photo hunt and photo filters. Stay in the loop with push notifications and proximity messaging features. There is even a customizable daily schedule feature.
This app is available on Apple and Android platforms and is free to download.
This year the officer team has chosen to celebrate FFA Alumni and the impact they have on local chapters.
Alumni provide support to chapters, help train career development event teams, assist with fundraising and fill crucial advisory roles when needed.
Throughout the convention and expo, the officer team will shed light on the importance of alumni involvement through their speeches and in presenting alumni awards. There’s also a brand-new “Alumni Day” on Friday.
Speaking from the Heart
Speakers are one of the highlights of the convention and expo, bringing inspiration and a whole new way of seeing the world.
Keynote speaker Jason Brown of Henderson, N.C., made his name in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens and the St. Louis Rams. But after his release from the Rams in 2012, James decided to follow his heart back home to North Carolina, where he purchased a 1,000-acre farm.
In 2014, Brown’s farm produced 120,000 pounds of sweet potatoes, which were donated to food pantries and churches throughout his community. Brown has also founded a Christian ministry, “Wisdom for Life.”
Colin Ryan will use his humor and charm to show you that money matters are nothing to laugh about. A financial expert and author with the background of a professional comedian and storyteller, Ryan will discuss money management and career goals.
Drawing from real-life experiences and pop culture, Ryan makes personal finances more relatable and enjoyable.
His entire practice is built around one idea: Your ability to manage your money directly affects your ability to have the life you want.
Ryan was named one of the top 10 youth presenters in the nation and has spoken to more than 200,000 students and adults across North America.
Rock Around the Clock
The cherry on top of this year’s convention and expo is rocking out with your new friends to today’s hottest musical guests. This year, Cole Swindell, Chris Young and The Henningsens take the stage as the concert acts. But not to be outdone, be sure to stop by the 2016 National FFA Talent competition and witness the stars of the future showcasing their skills.
With a new city, new activities, new entertainment and new friends, the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo will definitely transform your FFA experience.