The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) was established in 1989 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated exclusively to scholarship and educational support of youth in the business of raising Hereford cattle. The Foundation is governed by a board of directors who are heavily involved in the Hereford industry and who have a vested interest in educating youth, developing leadership, and encouraging young people to return to production agriculture.
The Hereford Youth Foundation of America is a national foundation and does not discriminate among youth from different regions of the country, race, gender, physical capabilities or religious beliefs.
The mission of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America is to encourage, recognize and reward the development of life skills and values in the next generation of leaders by providing education, scholarship and leadership opportunities for Hereford Youth.
HYFA was originally established in 1989 to support the educational needs of those young members of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA), a membership organization that was formally established in 1965 as a young cattlemen arm of the American Hereford Association.
In 2000 both the American Hereford Youth Foundation and the American Polled Hereford Youth Foundation, Inc., merged to form the new Hereford Youth Foundation of America. There are a host of individuals that are responsible for raising such monies over the years including much work from the two women’s groups. These sources of income include organized silent auctions, heifer donations, transfer of assets from the American Hereford Women, tremendous breeder support from individuals such as Mrs. Tyssowski and the Vanier Family and many other individual contributions that are too numerous to name.
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