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Volunteer Recognition Program Levels

Years of Service

We appreciate each year our volunteers remain active as Ag in the Classroom (AITC) volunteers. Years of service are cumulative.

  • New Trainee: certificate of training completion
  • 5-year: certificate
  • 10-year: certificate
  • 15-year: certificate
  • 20-year: certificate
  • 25-year: recognition and gift at Spring Conference
Levels of Recognition

There are three levels of recognition in the volunteer recognition program. Each level of recognition is based on the number of visits that are made to classrooms in kindergarten through grade 12, our target audience for the Agriculture in the Classroom program. In addition to grades K-12, licensed preschools for ages 4 and 5, presentations made to students in a Head Start programs and youth organizations also qualify and are eligible to count towards the recognition program for volunteers. Levels are calculated annually (January 1 - December 31).

Participation Awards:
Level 1: Bronze

Present a lesson to a minimum of 5 classrooms or 100* students in grades K-12.

Level 2: Silver

Present to a minimum of 10 classrooms or 200* students in grades K-12 and participate in at least one county Farm Bureau or other agricultural event** where the target audience is students in grades K-12 or their families. For example, Ag Day.

Level 3: Gold

Present to a minimum of 20 classrooms or 400* students in grades K-12 and participate in at least one county Farm Bureau or other agricultural event ** where the target audience is students in grades K-12. For example, Ag Day.

*The individual students can be achieved through presentations given to 4-H, FFA, Boy Scouts, home-school groups, etc. when the students participating in the presentation or activity are in pre-K (ages 4 and 5) through grade 12.

** The numbers of students reached during an event do not count toward the 10/20 classrooms or 200/400 students.

Reaching Out Awards

The Reaching Out Award honors AITC volunteers who have gone above and beyond for the AITC program and provided unique or exemplary work in educating the public about the important role agriculture plays in our everyday lives. This individual consistently demonstrates quality leadership and the ability to take initiative.

Classroom educators who have worked in cooperation with an AITC volunteer or county program are also eligible. The educator must be a Farm Bureau member and must have integrated AITC lessons and activities into his/her curriculum that help students learn the importance of agriculture.

Award Eligibility:
  1. Your nominee is a paid Indiana Farm Bureau member.
  2. Your nominee has been a trained AITC volunteer for at least one year.
  3. Your nominee is an "active" volunteer. (An active volunteer has a completed Volunteer Registration and Code of Conduct on file with the INFB education coordinator and has turned in at least one record sheet for the program year).

OR

  1. Your nominee is a paid Indiana Farm Bureau member.
  2. Your nominee is a classroom teacher who has reported the number of students and grade level they teach to the INFB education coordinator within the program year.

One representative from each Indiana Farm Bureau district will receive the award at Spring Conference. Should multiple nominees be received from a district, the selection committee will evaluate the nominees and choose the district winner. If a district does not have a suitable nominee, or no nominations were received, no award will be given for that district. A volunteer cannot receive the Reaching Out Award in consecutive years or more than once in a 5-year period.

Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year award honors AITC volunteers who have gone above and beyond for the AITC program and provided unique or exemplary work in educating the public about the important role agriculture plays in our everyday lives. This individual consistently demonstrates quality leadership and the ability to take initiative to enrich the lives of student learners in their community.

A volunteer can only receive the Volunteer of the Year award once every ten years.

Award Description & Eligibility:
  1. Your nominee must be a paid Indiana Farm Bureau member.
  2. Your nominee must have been a trained AITC volunteer for at least one year.
  3. Your nominee must be an "active" volunteer. (An active volunteer has a completed Volunteer Registration and Code of Conduct on file with the INFB education coordinator and has turned in at least one record sheet for the program year).
  4. Individuals who are currently nominated for, or previously received a Reaching Out Award, are eligible to be nominated for the VOTY.
    1. AITC volunteers currently nominated for a Reaching Out Award will automatically be considered for the Volunteer of the Year.
    2. Classroom educators are not eligible for Volunteer of the Year.
Frequency:

A Volunteer of the Year award will be awarded annually, except when the selection committee deems that there is no suitable recipient or no nominations have been received from a district.

Contact Ag in the Classroom

 1.800.327-6287
 inaitc@infb.org
 P.O. Box 1290 Indianapolis, IN 46206