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November/December 2016

Unlimited Possibilities to Serve FCCLA members serve in communities around the country. Explore your opportunities in this edition of Teen Times!

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November/December 2016


Features 6 Serving the Community 3x3 10 Giving Red Tuesday 12 Teen Road Safety Assessment (RSA) Initiative

Regulars 2 Executive Director’s Note & From the National President 4 Unite in Red 8 FCCLA Week - February 12-18, 2017 11 Uplifting Others 13 STAR Events 14 Red Jacket, Red Hot Future 15 Social Media Roundup 16 FCCLA Faces 17 Class Acts 18 FCCLA In Action 19 Partner Power 20 2016-2017 Chapter Adviser Summit 21 Spotlight on Career Connection 22 National Program Winners 24 Spot the Changes

FCCLA Mission


To promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.

21. 10. Teen Times is the national magazine of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, a career and technical student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education, or as determined by the state department of education. Josh Bowar, Editorial Consultant Jim Myers, Layout/Design NATIONAL STAFF Sandy Spavone, Executive Director Leah Buller, Director of Membership Marla Burk, CMP, Director of Conferences Beth Carpenter, Director of Programs Mark Hornby, CPA, Director of Operations Karen Patti, Director of Communications Ashley Pournaras, Senior Communications Manager Charles Carson, Mailroom Manager Kelley Conners, Meetings Manager Heather Davis, Partnership Manager Christine Hollingsworth, Competitive Events Manager Karen Montagne, Programs Manager Ana Torres, Staff Accountant Caitlin Osbourne, Affiliation & Registration Coordinator Alyssa Altice, Membership and Finance Assistant Rachael Long, Communications and Programs Assistant Niki Mount, Meetings Assistant Kim South, Executive Assistant Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a private, nonprofit national organization of more than 160,000 members incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia. It functions through public and private secondary school systems in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education program, providing opportunities for enriched learning. Editor’s Note: Please credit Teen Times for information you reprint, excerpt, or photocopy. Use the following statement to credit materials you use from this issue: Reprinted with permission from Teen Times, the national magazine of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Vol. 71, No. 2. Teen Times (ISSN 0735-6986) is published four times per year in September, November, January, and March by Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc., 1910 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1584, (703) 476-4900. A portion ($4.00) of national dues pays for a one-year subscription to Teen Times. Inclusion of an advertisement does not constitute an endorsement of the advertiser’s claims, products, and services. Periodicals postage paid at Reston, VA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTERS: SEND ADDRESS CHANGES TO: Teen Times, 1910 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1584.

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Executive Director’s Note Welcome to the year of Unlimited Possibilities for FCCLA! As we focus on service in this issue, I continue to be inspired by the dedication and service exhibited by our members, advisers, and state leaders. The positive impact on the lives of those we serve through the various projects our chapters lead is part of the foundation of FCCLA and a lasting legacy of your leadership. But as all of you who serve others know, the greatest gift is not the service to others but the impact of service on our own lives. Often we start a service project with the goals of what we can change and the needs we can meet, but at the end of the project, we find that we are the ones who have grown, learned, changed, and are most inspired. Giving and serving makes an impact on the lives of others and builds ours.

Winston Churchill stated, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” As FCCLA works to prepare all of our members for successful careers and how to make a living, the foundation of service as #FCCLAUplifts others is what helps us all make a life that positively impacts our family, career, and community. Join us and share your service this month and let’s celebrate the Unlimited Possibilities we have to make our world a better place as #FCCLAUplifts those around them!

From the National President Hello, FCCLA! This year, FCCLA members are celebrating all of the Unlimited Possibilities before us. We know that we are all moving UP in our families, careers, and futures, but we cannot forget one of the most important possibilities: the possibility to serve others. Every day, the world offers us so many opportunities as leaders. To show our gratitude, we give back to the world. We can do great things if we work together to serve our communities. We have the possibility to serve in little ways, like complimenting someone, helping them carry their books, or even just offering a friendly smile. We can contribute on a larger scale through chapter

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service projects, statewide donations, Lead2Feed, and other events that help those around us. As we head towards the second half of the school year, we need to keep our momentum UP and keep impacting the people we meet. The beauty in this year is that we are not only seeing the Unlimited Possibilities, but we are also turning them into realities through our service to others!

Lead2Feed empowers students to work through a set of lessons in order to understand their skills, work together in a team, and complete a service project. You can combine the Lead2Feed lessons with a current or new service project. We encourage student teams to find and feed the greatest need in their community. “Feed the Need” - there are Unlimited Possibilities!

See some of the project ideas from previous years here: http://www.lead2feed.org/project-ideas/ Your community may need you to serve children, the elderly, veterans, animals, the homeless, or something else. We can’t wait to see what you do! November/December 2016 www.fcclainc.org Teen Times 3

The countdown is ON, and the excitement is continuing to build until all youth leaders at the 2018 National Leadership Conference unite in red and wear official dress for all sessions. This will make a huge impact for FCCLA and a new mark in the history of our organization!

WHY UNITE IN RED? The signature FCCLA red blazer provides members... A consistent appearance, symbolizing the empowerment of a united FCCLA and demonstrating leadership in our schools, families, and communities A reminder of our identity as an organization, with red being a symbol of courage and strength A symbol of success, as ALL FCCLA members deserve the opportunity to wear a red blazer and feel a sense of belonging in our amazing organization A sense of pride and purpose, reminding them of their accomplishments and all that they’ve learned and gained through FCCLA

UNITE IN RED FUND In order to help our members unite in red, national FCCLA created the Unite in Red Fund campaign. All of the donations received for the Unite in Red Fund go towards building an inventory of red blazers to award to members through an application process. Donations have been made by FCCLA staff, current and former NEC members, Board of Directors members, chapter advisers, state advisers, partners, Alumni and Associates members, and many other individual donors who support FCCLA’s mission. At the 2016 National Leadership Conference, all proceeds raised from the Run4Red 5K run went to the Unite in Red Fund campaign as well! 4 Teen Times www.fcclainc.org November/December 2016

All donations for the Unite in Red Fund can be made completely online by visiting http://bit.ly/1MxtHll.

UNITE IN RED FUND – RED JACKET AWARDS FCCLA’s Unite in Red Fund – Red Jacket Awards provides the opportunity for FCCLA members to apply or be nominated to receive an official FCCLA red jacket. During the 2016-2017 school year, four jackets will be awarded each month, and ten lucky members will be awarded a red jacket on stage at each National Cluster Meeting and at the 2017 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN (10 per meeting location). Applications and nominations will be reviewed, and winners will be selected based on their leadership experience, chapter and community involvement, and vision for FCCLA. Monthly jacket award applications and nominations are due by the 18th of every month, and awardees will be notified by the 25th of every month.

Check out the responses from some of last year’s Unite in Red Fund – Red Jacket Award winners!

Jerrid Hobbie, 11th Grade Tushka FCCLA – Oklahoma

Shawna Smith, 10th Grade Couch FCCLA – Missouri

Ekaterina Kovatsenko, 11th Grade South Oldham FCCLA – Kentucky

“When I wear this jacket, I am a leader. I am more than ready to stand up and represent FCCLA. I am one person, but when I wear this jacket, I represent an entire family.”

“FCCLA has empowered me to take on challenges again and again. FCCLA has helped me live The Ultimate Leadership Experience.”

“One of the best ways to let everyone know about this wonderful organization is by wearing the red jacket. When I wear the jacket, I aim to portray professionalism and integrity. I represent FCCLA in its finest attire!”

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Serving the Community 3x3 This year, we’re celebrating the Unlimited Possibilities that we all have through FCCLA. Do those Unlimited Possibilities exist when it comes to community service? You bet! Check out these three big ideas (each with three suggestions) for community service. Where will the Unlimited Possibilities take you?

Use Technology We’re all pretty used to having phones, laptops, and tablets available, and we use these things every day for many reasons. They’re just a part of our life. But how often do we use them for service? Check out these ideas: • Find an organization in your community that could really use a website. Then help them with their promotional efforts by designing the perfect page. • Is there a group that needs some help with social media? Set up an account for them, and offer to provide training to get them started posting, liking, and tweeting. • Find a cause in your community that needs funding. Then set up a crowdfunding account. Design a kickoff event, spread the word, and encourage others to give to the great cause! My Unlimited Possibilities for Serving with Technology:

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Partner with Others There are so many organizations and groups that would love to partner with you when it comes to serving your community. There’s no way that we can do it all on our own. Why not share the load and build bridges with another organization at the same time? Check out these ideas: • Find another youth organization that matches well with FCCLA. Work with the leadership of the organization to design a helpful service opportunity for your community. • Businesses love to partner with youth. Brainstorm as an FCCLA chapter to come up with a way that you could partner with an area business, which helps the business give back to the community and helps you spread the word about FCCLA. • Check into options for partnering with local faith communities. Many have community service programs in place, and they are very willing to work together with teens who believe in helping others.

Keep it Simple When you think about the concept of community service, it can become very overwhelming. Every community has many needs. There are many things that you could do. It can seem like such a big thing that you don’t even know where to start. But don’t let yourself fall into the trap! Work to keep it simple so that you can have a strong impact. Check out these ideas: • Do something short-term. Pick something that you can do in one day or one weekend. Pool all of your resources into that idea, and go for it. • Do something that’s even more short-term. Pick something that you can do in one or two hours. • Pick one person that you can serve. Then make it personal by finding more about that person. What could they use? How could you really make an impact with them? My Unlimited Possibilities for Keeping it Simple:

My Unlimited Possibilities for Partnering with Others:

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February 12-18, 2017 It’s almost time for FCCLA Week! Check out these ideas brainstormed by the 2016-2017 NEC when planning your celebration this February.





Monday, February 13:

Tuesday, February 14:

Pull UP a chair and kick off FCCLA Week with an FCCLA@ theTable event! Plan, prepare, and share a meal and then tag #FCCLAatTheTable!

Show the Unlimited Possibilities of Family and Consumer Sciences careers by hosting a career fair at your school. Post photos of your chapter’s fair and tag them #FCCLACareers.

Host an event where members can bring their families for a family night with dinner and activities. During lunch, allow students to write on a poster what family means to them. Host a luncheon with your FCCLA family (members). Compile the recipes you and your chapter members used when participating in FCCLA@ theTable to make a chapter cookbook. Have your chapter skip school lunch and make a meal together.

Have members participate in a photo booth where they dress up as their future career. Reach out to a FACS professional in your neighborhood and make an appointment to shadow them for one day. Share your experience with your chapter members to encourage them to pursue FACS-related careers. Invite local businesses or colleges to come to your school.

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Wednesday, February 15: We serve and lead in red! Take your Lead2Feed project to new possibilities by creating care kits that fit the needs in your community. Tag #FCCLAUPlifts. Go out into the community and clean up a park. Host a community service project night where members complete different projects. (Easy ones like thank you cards for military, dog toys, etc.) Organize a service event to alleviate hunger in your local community. Collect canned goods in your school, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or help put together brown bag lunches for a shelter. Have a food scavenger hunt. Find a buddy and go out into your local community looking for food items listed on your scavenger hunt list.


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Thursday, February 16: “Tag” a leader on social media and challenge them to pass along the tag #FCCLAURUP to other great leaders. Hold a leadership training at your school. Have a community leader speak about leadership. Write a thank you note or letter to a leader in your life who inspires you to improve yourself. Tell this person about the impact they have had on your life.



Friday, February 17: Visit your government leaders and reinforce the message of the nationwide #FCCLAWeek thunderclap, happening at 4:30 PM ET. Go to the state capitol and promote FCCLA, FACS, Perkins Funding, and CTE. Sport your best red, white, and blue and share a picture on social media to tell your friends about the impact that FCCLA has had on your life. Email or send mail to your government leaders advocating for FCCLA, FACS, Perkins Funding, CTE, and CTSOs. Better yet: set up a meeting with your government leaders.

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FCCLA Gets Involved in Giving Tuesday You Should, Too! What is Giving Tuesday? The goal of #GivingTuesday is to create a global day of giving back that celebrates generosity and kindness. The day itself falls on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving each year, meaning that this year’s celebration is Tuesday, November 29. In the same way that Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the buying season, #GivingTuesday kicks off the GIVING season. It’s a day to promote and celebrate philanthropy!

Why is FCCLA Participating? FCCLA participated in #GivingTuesday last year and had a very successful #RedTuesday campaign, raising over $2,200 for the Unite in Red Fund. Through those donations alone, we were able to purchase over 30 FCCLA red jackets! This year we are once again asking that all donations received on #GivingTuesday go towards the Unite in Red Fund to purchase many more FCCLA red jackets.

Get Involved! Your chapters and community members can get involved in #GivingTuesday by supporting national FCCLA’s #RedTuesday campaign before and during Tuesday, November 29. You can share, tweet, post, repost, etc. national FCCLA’s social media messaging and help us raise our donation amount from last year. We will also have email templates available for those who would like to assist us in emailing family members, community members, and any other potential individual supporters.

Let’s work together to make this year’s Giving Tuesday a huge success! 10 Teen Times www.fcclainc.org November/December 2016

Uplifting Others Making a Difference‌One Person at a Time We all live in a community. Whether you’re in a small town or a huge city, there are people who live with you and around you. There are many people who have needs. Whether you know them or not, the people around you would benefit from your acts of service. Write the names of five people you know who could use some kind of service.

So what can you do to help? Follow the steps below to hone in on one thing that you can do for one person. Take the challenge to spread service throughout your community! Just think: If we all did this, how many people would we be able to serve?

Now think about those people for a few minutes. Then pick two people you feel most passionate about serving.

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Write the names of these two people in the circles below. At the end of each spoke, write one way that you could serve the person.



Now look at the ideas you wrote. Pick one, and go for it! November/December 2016 www.fcclainc.org Teen Times 11

Teen Road Safety Assessment (RSA) initiative During the 2016-2017 school year, FCCLA is hosting a Teen Road Safety Assessment (RSA) initiative, sponsored by State Farm®. This youth-led effort will engage local State Farm agents, law enforcement, and others in the community to study the intersections in front of schools and evaluate 5 key areas important to road safety. The goals of the program are to: • Enhance peer-to-peer education by engaging students in addressing a geographic area they use daily, whether walking or driving • Connect students with local members of their community to address road safety • Empower teens to become smarter drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists through education and awareness Check out these great cash prizes! First 100 Chapters to Register:


Five Random Drawing Winners:

$1,000 per chapter

Two State Winners:

$2,500 each

(The state with the highest percentage of Teen RSA participation based on their 2016-2017 membership) Tie the Teen RSA Initiative into your FCCLA FACTS program! The newly updated Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) program is a perfect fit for this Teen RSA. Participate in the Teen RSA and then use your project for your Program Award application for FACTS this year! The newly updated FACTS program relates to three topic areas: • Key FACTS for Your Safety – to understand and promote your role as a driver or passenger and keep yourself and others safe • Key FACTS for Vehicle Safety – to understand vehicle safety and the role it plays in safety for you and others • Key FACTS for Road Safety – to understand and promote your role on the road as well as safety

To learn more about FCCLA’s FACTS program, visit www.fcclainc.org and click on “Programs”. Sponsored by

To learn more about this exciting Teen RSA initiative, visit www.fcclainc.org/programs and click on “Teen RSA”, or contact FCCLA Programs Manager Karen Montagne, kmontagne@fcclainc.org.

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Last year, nearly 23,000 FCCLA members reported participating in STAR Events, representing 13,160 unique projects, reaching nearly 12 million people! Over 1,000 projects were entered into the Chapter Service Project Display or Portfolio events. These two events alone reached 2,382,644 people! STAR Events participants reported that the most popular program used throughout all STAR Events was Leadership Service in Action, with 19% of the projects connected to the national FCCLA program. Here’s a sample of some of the projects chapters completed through STAR Events that involved service: • Collection Drives – books, clothing, diaper, food, shoes, money, toiletries, toys • Creating Items to Donate – weekend backpacks, food items, clothing, blankets, pillows, quilts for veterans • Environmental Projects – adopt-a-highway, clean water, recycling • Health Education and Prevention – abuse, bullying, cancer, nutrition tips, physical fitness activities, screenings, sexual assault • Leading School and Community projects – adopt-a-pet drives, family events, 5Ks and fundraisers, mentoring younger students, school spirit competitions • Safety Education Projects – bike, distracted driving, fire, school bus • Volunteering – community groups, early childhood centers, hospitals, senior citizen centers, shelters (animal, domestic, homeless), Special Olympics, veteran organizations

If you see a need in your school or community, your FCCLA chapter can work towards meeting that need! Using the leadership, communication, and management skills learned through Family and Consumer Sciences and FCCLA, members can be the change in their families, schools, and communities. Your impact is unlimited!

To learn more about competing in one of FCCLA’s 31 different STAR Events, please visit the Competitive Events pages of the national FCCLA website. Your chapter adviser can provide you with event guidelines and resources.

Be one of the 23,000 FCCLA members making a difference through service and STAR Events!

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Red Jacket

Red Hot Future

Madison Duggar 2016 National Officer Candidate, Arkansas

What does being an FCCLA member mean to you? Being an FCCLA member means being empowered to do whatever I set my mind to. When I put on the red blazer, I feel like I can conquer all that lies ahead of me. It’s being a part of a family of over 160,000 members who are all just as passionate about student leadership and the family as I am. But most importantly, it’s about having the knowledge and experience to conquer life’s journey with warm courage and high hope.

What essential life skills have you gained from your experience with FCCLA? I’ve gained many life skills, including public speaking, professionalism, presenting, and networking.

What advice would you give a new FCCLA member to ensure that they get the most out of their FCCLA journey? Take advantage of everything that this organization has to offer. My adviser often tells new members that FCCLA is what you make it, and that’s 100% true. There are so many amazing ways to expand your leadership, such as STAR Events, Skill Demonstration Events, running for office, or even participating in the Japanese Exchange Program. So step out of your comfort zone because that’s how you’re going to reach Unlimited Possibilities through FCCLA!

What are the Unlimited Possibilities that you foresee in your future? In the next year, I hope to be pursuing Unlimited Possibilities at the University of Central Arkansas. I plan to either study nursing with an intent to get my nurse practitioner’s license eventually or Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Either way, I know my involvement in FCCLA has prepared and empowered me for my future.

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/NationalFCCLA Lead2Feed: Gate City Family, Career and Community Leaders of America cooked and served breakfast to over 400 people.

Children’s Safety Center: Thank you to Springdale High School FCCLA members for creating Halloween buckets for our kids. They also donated juice boxes and snacks for the Center. Because of your generosity our kids will have a Happy Halloween!





@RoseburgFCCLA: Today is national pumpkin day! Go out with your chapter and make it a social event! @SoccerSam99: I just was in D.C. for Capitol Leadership. It was an amazing experience. I had a great time with my FCCLA family! @AdCapYOUth: WOW!!! Congrats to @CSHSFCS_FCCLA on your $1000 grants for your three BIG IDEAS to impact school wellness!



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As an FCCLA member or adviser, how are you a leader in your community?

I am a leader because I work to help people in any way that I can. I do a variety of activities such as volunteering at the hospital, tutoring students at my school, and leading projects to raise money for blood cancer research societies.

FCCLA has given me the opportunity to impact my school and community through a service project on traffic safety. This organization is the reason I am the strong leader I am today. — Kaley Schweitzer — South Dakota State President

— Katya Kovatsenko — South Oldham FCCLA, KY When I took the initiative to step up and make a difference in my community, I began by volunteering at community activities, supporting community festivities, and trying my best to be there for everyone. Now, I show my leadership by standing behind my community and speaking out for its issues. — Carter Bracht National Vice-President of Finance As an FCCLA adviser, I lead by example. I stay active and involved. I seek to find ways to encourage and help others. Our FCCLA officers and members are challenged to make a difference in the world around them by doing the same, by being part of the FCCLA Family. — Paige Culwell — Canadian High School FCCLA — Adviser, Texas

Being an FCCLA member means serving your community and family to the best of your ability, and always putting others before yourself. Being a leader today is what creates the leaders of tomorrow, and that’s what FCCLA is all about! — Callie Andersen — Orange Grove FCCLA, Texas I have helped my community by using my FCCLA skills in several ways. With those skills, my friend Samantha and I organized a quilt show/soup supper to raise money for our FACS classes. We ended up raising $1,700! — Kaylyn Burton — Plentywood FCCLA, MT

I have gained a lot of confidence and love influencing and empowering others to be the best they can be. — Aleecia Eggen — Plentywood FCCLA, Montana

I’m a leader in my community because I’m open to even the smallest opportunities to give back. Be open to the Unlimited Possibilities, the quick ways you can make a difference in your community! — Karen Montagne — Programs Manager, National — FCCLA


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Brooke Kusch Drummond High School, Oklahoma

What Family and Consumer Sciences classes do you teach? I currently teach Teen Living (7th grade); FACS Basics (8th grade); Nutrition, Foods, and Wellness; Food Preparation and Nutrition for Life; Housing, Furnishings, and Design Concepts; and Design Application and Analysis.

As a Family and Consumer Sciences instructor, what do you do to promote and further the profession? I feel that being a member of your professional organization is very important to promote and further the profession. I currently serve as pastpresident of the Oklahoma Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (OATFACS). I have also taken an active role in OKACTE and NATFACS as well. Through these organizations, I have had the opportunity to serve as a workshop presenter to new teachers, provide sessions to our current FACS educators to celebrate our profession, and also advocate for career and technical education, FACS, and FCCLA on the state and national levels. I am also very active in the Oklahoma FCCLA Alumni and Associates, serving on the board of directors. I feel that as a product of FCCLA and career and technical education, I need to give back by providing scholarships, leadership opportunities, and mentoring programs for FCCLA members.

What professional development or resources do you utilize to stay current in the subject matter that you teach? Oklahoma does an excellent job providing trainings for FACS teachers throughout the year. Oklahoma Summer Conference provides many wonderful resources for use in our classrooms. I also utilize the Utah Education Network. My favorite professional development opportunity is ACTE Vision. I highly recommend attending. Not only are there amazing sessions solely devoted to FACS, but meeting with other FACS and CTE educators from around the nation to discuss best practices is truly a highlight of my year. I return from Vison with a renewed love of teaching and new ideas that I am excited to share with my students.

How do you incorporate or integrate FCCLA in your Family and Consumer Sciences classroom? FCCLA is built into every class. I explain to my students at the beginning of the year that if you are in my class you are part of FCCLA; however, you must pay dues to be able to attend the amazing activities, conferences, and events. I hold an in-class meeting on the first Friday of the month. I share updates and the officers plan a leadership activity. I utilize the STAR Events rubrics for many projects that students complete in class (why reinvent the wheel?) and then pick the best to compete in that event. Students also carry out community service in class as part of the curriculum. FCCLA and FACS go hand in hand. FCCLA provides an outlet for students to apply the life skills they are learning in class to reallife scenarios.

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FCCLA...In Action Check out the FCCLA action happening all across the nation!

Want to be featured in FCCLA In Action? Email your story to communications@fcclainc.org for consideration, and include photos of your event.

Kittitas FCCLA Kittitas FCCLA, Washington, hosted a career investigation night for the community during a home basketball game. Middle school Family and Consumer Sciences students ran career investigation booths, each with an activity, while FCCLA members ran a booth for kids of all ages, making them aware of the many careers available.

Ste. Genevieve High School Three students from Ste. Genevieve High School, Missouri, helped educate a second-grade class on the importance of having manners. The presentation was a component of their STAR Event project. The project was designed to help students better understand the importance of manners in their daily life and included examples of some of the most important manners everyone should have, like saying “please” and “thank you”. The group ended with a short quiz to see how much the children learned from the presentation.

Fort Defiance Upon receiving a $500 mini-grant from the Virginia FCCLA Leadership Foundation and an additional $250 gift from the Green Valley Book Fair, Fort Defiance FCCLA, Virginia, was able to gift 95 local elementary students with three or four new books each. The project, “Read. Lead. Succeed”, was designed with the hopes of increasing reading fluency and comprehension in elementary students through the creation of home libraries. New books were also placed in the waiting rooms and libraries of the local hospitals, homeless shelter, and Ronald McDonald House.

Trenton Middle School FCCLA Trenton Middle School FCCLA, Missouri, was busy with a healthy snack and breakfast project. After teaching Trenton Middle School students the value of eating a healthy breakfast and choosing healthy snacks, a few contests were held. In February, all students were able to sign up for a prize each day they ate a healthy breakfast. Fifth graders had a bookmark contest. Sixth graders had a poster contest. Both of these projects were done in cooperation with art classes. The seventh and eight grade classes then designed movie trailers with their iPads and uploaded them to be judged.

Grove FCCLA Grove FCCLA, Paris, TN, decided to head up a school supply drive for those affected by the flooding in Louisiana. Members recognized that many students and teachers lost supplies in the flood. Grove FCCLA contacted their local newspaper, radio stations, and chamber of commerce for help in advertising the drive. They created a flyer (with a supply list) and sent it out via email. Their efforts were featured in the local paper, the chamber’s weekly newsletters, and on a local news channel! In total, Grove FCCLA collected 50 boxes of supplies and 31 boxes of books. The supplies were delivered to a church in southeast Louisiana to be distributed to the affected schools.

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In the SPOTLIGHT now:

FCCLA partners with a wide variety of organizations, associations, universities, and corporations that share similar core values. These partnerships provide resources, guidance, and support and assist FCCLA in continuing traditions of providing personal growth and leadership opportunities to youth.

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) was founded in 1953 to provide working hospitality professionals with education and training. AHLEI continues to meet the needs of the industry with a variety of hospitality solutions, including online learning, professional certification, and resources for high schools, colleges, and workforce agencies. AHLEI is the global leader in hospitality training and hotel management certifications and offers online learning and courses with textbooks and digital material to enhance the hospitality learning experience. AHLEI’s programs are all recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and conform to the best practices in the hotel and lodging industry. FCCLA has the pleasure of partnering with AHLEI on providing certifications to our members who earn a Gold medal at the National Leadership Conference in the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation STAR Event. These participants have been pre-qualified to purchase the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP®)

certification and recognition pin. Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP®) recipients are recognized for the know-how to provide excellent guest service and for their commitment to creating memorable guest experiences. This certification, provided by AHLEI (www.ahlei.org), is normally $85 for nonmembers, but through FCCLA, gold medalists in the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation STAR Event may purchase it for the discounted rate of $20. Other programs offered through AHLEI include: • CourseLine® • Eye on Liability – Hotel Safety and Responsibility Training • Hospitality and Tourism Management Program: https://www.ahlei.org/Programs/High-SchoolProgram-(HTMP)/ • Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) for teachers: https://www.ahlei.org/chi You can learn more about American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute by visiting https://www.ahlei.org. November/December 2016 www.fcclainc.org Teen Times 19

The 2016-2017

Mark your calendars for FCCLA’s Chapter Adviser Summit! This pilot meeting will provide chapter advisers the opportunity to network with other instructors, develop professional skills, learn about national updates, and gain some fresh ideas to take back to their FCCLA chapter. The summit will take place Feb. 24-26, 2017 in Reston, VA. The registration for attendance is $65, and lodging will be at the Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel for $99 a night. Keep watching FCCLA’s Fast Facts for additional information about registration and hotel instructions!

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Looking for a program to participate in this year? Career Connection would be a great choice!

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The FCCLA Career Connection program guides youth to link their options and skills for success in families, careers, and communities. Through individual, cooperative, and competitive activities, members discover their strengths, target career goals, and initiate a plan for achieving the lifestyle they desire. Career Connection guides students to develop, plan, carry out, and evaluate projects. The projects improve the quality of life in six units focused on different aspects of career development. • PLUG IN to Careers — Understand work and the Career Connection Program • SIGN ON to the Career Connection — Link personal interests, skills, and goals to career clusters • PROGRAM Career Steps — Prepare with education, leadership, and work experience • LINK UP to Jobs — Learn to find and land a job

• ACCESS SKILLS for Career Success — Practice being productive on the job and promotable • INTEGRATE Work and Life — Manage interconnected roles in families, careers, and communities. FCCLA offers national recognition to chapters that complete Career Connection projects. • High School Award — $1,000 • Middle School Award — $1,000 • Runner-Up Award — $500 Applications must be submitted online to FCCLA national headquarters by March 1. The online award system will automatically close March 1, 5:00 p.m. EST.

Check out what the 2016 Career Connection Award Winners did in their community! High School Winner

Middle School Winner

Runner-Up Winner

Kittatas Jr./Sr. High School, Washington

Montgomery County Middle FCCLA, Missouri

Spring Lake Park High, Minnesota

“Empowering Connections for Future Careers”

“The Future is Yours...What Will You Be?”

Members organized a career fair for 6th-12th grade students to show the many career options available to graduates. Middle school FACS students and chapter members completed a career interest inventory and a career investigation based on their results.

Members researched careers and higher learning institutions for this project, then answered many questionnaires in order to learn more about themselves and which career clusters that they would be interested in based on their goals, interests, and skills.

“Getting in Gear for Family Careers” Members developed a college/career fair, with all careers relating to Family and Consumer Sciences. The event provided an opportunity for students to speak one-on-one and connect with actual professionals to learn more about careers and the opportunities they offer.

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National Program Winners Check out the middle school winners!

Financial Fitness Middle School Winner Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, Virginia Project Title: “Agriculture Teacher’s Conference Budget” Peter Muhlenberg Middle School FCCLA created a real world situation by developing a budget for the annual Middle School Agriculture Teachers’ Conference hosted by FFA. Members had the goal of planning a dinner for 25 teachers, spending $150.00 or less. Working collaboratively, FFA members then designed and constructed a bulletin board with tips that they learned from the budget process, as well as other tips that they felt would be useful for students their age.

Families First Middle School Winner Montgomery County Middle School, Missouri Project Title: “Amazing Race Event” Montgomery County Middle School sponsored a fun event to help improve communication and enrich relationships within the family. Members held the Amazing Race Event for middle school students and adult family members to bring family members together in order to work together as a team, to give opportunities for middle school students to demonstrate knowledge with their adult family members, and to allow students and family members to reconnect and improve communication while having fun together.

Leadership Service in Action Middle School Winner

FACTS Middle School Winner

Meadville Middle School, Missouri Project Title: “Helping Neighbors, Helping Hands”

Montgomery County Middle School FCCLA, Missouri Project Title: “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks” Motivated to save lives and to discourage distracted driving and not using seat belts, Montgomery County Middle School FCCLA created a moving docudrama about the effects of texting and driving that included emergency service personnel and vehicles, volunteers made-up to be victims, and accident scene debris. The film was viewed by the students at an assembly. Then students were introduced to law enforcement officials and emergency service workers, who led a discussion and discouraged the use of alcohol, drugs, and texting while operating a vehicle.

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Knowing that the local food pantry was very low on supplies and forced to turn people away, members of the Meadville Middle School FCCLA hosted a food drive to collect perishable items for donation. Additionally, they educated local elementary students about good nutrition, kitchen safety, and how to make healthy snacks with food they have available. Members worked with the University of Missouri Extension office and elementary teachers to go into the classrooms to teach about basic nutrition and how to make healthy food choices.

Stop the Violence Middle School Winner

Student Body Middle School Winner

Southeast Middle School, North Carolina Project Title: “COUNTing on Kindness”

Southeast Middle School, North Carolina Project Title: “Feast on Fitness”

The Southeast Middle School FCCLA COUNTing on Kindness project goal was to make the student body as well as the faculty and staff aware of violence warning signs, bullying, and ways to stop violence. Members met this goal by participating in various events, including Unity Week, Random Acts of Kindness Week, and a Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign. They also participated in a walk against bullying and at the Dixie Classic Fair, presenting workshops about what can be done to STOP the Violence not only at FCCLA events, but throughout the community.

Southeast Middle School FCCLA created a series of projects throughout the school year focusing on healthy eating and increased fitness in the school and community, including Your Sign: Stop, Go, Whoa Foods and Rethink your Drink. Members also created a display booth for the Dixie Classic Fair emphasizing healthy habits. Throughout the year, the chapter also taught pre-K students about healthy eating and partnered with the school’s parent organization.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: • Registration begins October 11, 2016

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• Round One: Oct 26, 2016 - Nov 21, 2016 • Round Two: Jan 9, 2017 - Feb 3, 2017

Virtual Business - Personal Finance, the leading financial literacy curriculum for high schools is now the basis for a new official competition, FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge. Virtual Business - Personal Finance is used in classrooms by over 100,000 students per year, and now through a partnership between National FCCLA and Knowledge Matters, FCCLA members can compete using this simulation-based

• New way to qualify for the NLC • Prize money for the top three NLC winners ($1,000, $500 & $250) TO COMPETE VISIT: vbc.knowledgematters.com/fcc/index QUESTIONS: Please email vbccentral@knowledgematters.com MORE INFORMATION AT: www.knowledgematters.com 1-877-96-LEARN

challenge for a chance to attend FCCLA nationals in Nashville.

Virtual Experience Learning

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Can you find the six differences between the two images below?

Spot the Changes

FCCLA PSA Contest www.teenlane.org

Empowered by FACTS and sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF)! CASH PRIZES • 1st Place: $3,500 • 2nd Place: $1,000 • 3rd Place: $500 The deadline is December 6, 2016. Don’t wait to submit your entry! Entries should raise awareness of teen driver risk in relation to the number (and limiting the number) of passengers in a vehicle. So, be CREATIVE and generate a message that will stand out, be remembered, and make a positive difference. Visit http://fcclainc.org/programs/ saferides-savelives/ to view last year’s winning PSA!


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