The North Dakota FFA Foundation and North Dakota 4-H Foundation are each receiving donations of $20,000 each from Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC. The funds will be used to support leadership training and state conference opportunities, with the goal of supporting programs that reach as many students throughout the state as possible.
In an effort to support youth programs in counties along the entire four-state pipeline route, Dakota Access will be making similar donations in South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois totaling $50,000.
“The North Dakota FFA Foundation is grateful for Dakota Access’ generosity and support. This gift not only gives our Foundation the ability to continue our programming and mission; it highlights the company’s commitment to the future leaders of agriculture right here in North Dakota,” said Andrew Young, Interim Executive Director, ND FFA Foundation. “The donation to FFA will be used to sponsor the ND FFA Winter Leadership Conference which has grown to one of the largest attended conferences in the state, helping students in the areas of leadership and personal growth, career exploration and community service. It will also be used to sponsor the 91st ND State FFA Convention in June.”
“On behalf of the North Dakota 4-H Foundation we are pleased to accept $20,000 contribution from Dakota Access Pipeline which will support civic engagement and leadership educational opportunities and events for the state,” said Penny Dale, North Dakota 4-H Foundation Manager. “4-H has long been known for providing hands-on experiences in areas such as science, agriculture and citizenship that foster the development of important leadership skills. This contribution will be used to support the Youth Extension Conference held at NDSU in June for teens and led by the state 4-H Ambassadors group. It will also support the Leadership Awareness Weekend for grades 6-12 to learn more about civic leadership, ultimately using those skills in their communities.”
In 2017, Dakota Access Pipeline made similar donations to North Dakota’s FFA and 4-H totaling $70,000 for event sponsorship, individual county curriculum implementation, stewardship programs, and membership and traveling expenses. The pipeline traverses approximately 346 miles across seven counties in North Dakota.