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Unlimited Possibilities with Members From scholarships and awards, to travel opportunities, to career exploration, there are Unlimited Possibilities with FCCLA!

January/February 2017

IN THIS ISSUE: 6 Join the FCCLA Thunderclap 7 Membership State Goals 15 Collecting the Cash — Chapter Fundraising Ideas 20 Spotlight on National Programs 29 Teen Road Safety Assessment (RSA) Initiative

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Benefits of Membership

January/February 2017

Features 6 Join the FCCLA Thunderclap




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10 Go For the Red Member Highlight 16 NCM Competitive Events Review 23 2017 National Leadership Conference

Regulars 2 Executive Director’s Note 2 From the National President 3 Unlimited Careers with FCCLA 4 FCCLA Week 7 Membership State Goals 8 Top 10 Reasons to Join FCCLA 9 Benefits of Membership 11 Safe Rides – Save Lives PSA Contest 12 Alumni & Associates Spotlight 14 Magic Member Recruitment Ideas 15 Collecting the Cash — Chapter Fundraising Ideas 17 Social Media Roundup 18 FCCLA Faces 19 Red Jacket, Red Hot Future 20 Spotlight on National Programs 24 Go For the Red Membership Campaign 25 Class Acts 26 Partner Power 27 Spot the Changes 28 FCCLA in Action 29 Sign Up to Host a Teen RSA at Your School

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.

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 Finance 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. 3. 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 Happy holidays, FCCLA! I love this time of the year. There are so many special opportunities that remind us all to spend thoughtful time with our families and focus on the many things for which we are grateful. As we get ready for a new year full of Unlimited Possibilities, we hope you enjoy time with your families and remember the blessings that we share through our engagement in FCCLA. But most of all, we hope you know that at this time of celebration and gratitude, we are so very grateful for each and every member and adviser who joins the FCCLA family. You are making a positive impact and leaving a legacy that will continue to build the Ultimate Leadership Experience for youth across the country. We look forward to a wonderful new year full of Unlimited Possibilities with you!

From the National President In this issue of Teen Times, the focus is on Unlimited Possibilities with members. Being an FCCLA member is what unites us. We are all from many different states, districts, and chapters. Yet, because we are members of this incredible organization, we are a family. The importance of each member is never exaggerated within FCCLA. I truly believe that each and every one of you has Unlimited Possibilities ahead of you. Each member has the power to make a difference in his or her family, career, and community.

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So take advantage of the opportunities you have! Realize that you can make an impact and that if you rally the members around you, the sky is the limit. It’s all headed UP from here, FCCLA!

Unlimited Careers with FCCLA

Potential Careers Made Possible through Family and Consumer Sciences Education Part of FCCLA’s mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education, but what does that mean for you and your future career? FCCLA functions as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum and operates within the school system, providing students with opportunities to explore potential career fields through practical hands-on experience. By participating in Competitive Events, National Programs, and FCCLA meetings/conferences, members gain experiential insight into career possibilities available to them. Check out some of the careers FCCLA membership can lead you to!

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Child Play Therapist Textile Designer Interior Family Counselor Designer Fashion Designer Guidance Social Worker Counselor

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February 12-18, 2017 During this year’s #FCCLAWeek, take time to reflect on and share the many benefits of FCCLA. What are those benefits? Check it out!








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Family The family is our central focus and is at the heart of everything we do. Whether we are supporting other families through community service, eating dinner together, or creating a sense of family within our chapters, members will realize the Unlimited Possibilities they have through FCCLA. Joining FCCLA gives you the opportunity to explore your potential as a strong family member. From learning how to communicate effectively with your family members through Families First to advocating for your family’s safety on the road through Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety, you develop the skills that will not only impact your life today, but will also impact the lives of your family members in the future.

Career When you join FCCLA, you have the opportunity to develop your 21st century skills, learn more about different career paths, and secure internships in potential career areas. Our members learn skills that help them become more prepared as they go out into the workforce and apply for jobs. Members are able to compete in Competitive Events, lead community service projects, and speak to the public or other members. By participating in STAR Events, members develop strong foundational skills that will aid them in securing a job and succeeding in that field. Through aspects such as completing The Planning Process, FCCLA members develop valuable skills such as goal setting, time management, and accountability. Furthermore, STAR Events expose members to a variety of career fields, ranging from environmental science and sustainability to business and law. FCCLA can offer you exactly what you need to succeed in your career!

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Community By joining FCCLA, you have a special opportunity to make a difference in your community. Whether it is making a huge impact or doing a small act of kindness, FCCLA allows you to UPlift your community. As we work toward our goals as an organization, we always remember the goal of giving service back to our homes, our communities. FCCLA provides many ways to give back. As a member, you can participate in chapter community service activities, take part in a service project at conferences, and discover your own way to give back. Through our programs, you can find Unlimited Possibilities to enhance your community. By UPlifting others within your community, the support for FCCLA will expand. Members truly experience that there are Unlimited Possibilities to give back to the places that allow us to grow as people and leaders!

Leaders FCCLA provides opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills through hands-on experiences. While developing these skills, members are put in situations where they are stretched to rise above any obstacle they may see before them, and then members find themselves prepared to accept the challenges required to solve problems. The leadership skills that FCCLA offers its members prepare them for any type of situation that may come their way, whether it is an interview, an unexpected conversation in an elevator, or how to properly speak in front of thousands of people. Whether you’re a new member or a state officer, everyone plays an important part in FCCLA because each member contributes to our image of leadership.

America FCCLA offers opportunities for members to become better citizens and employees in the American workforce. Through programs like Career Connection and Power of One, members learn how to take the lead and become future leaders in their careers, chasing after the American dream. Members have the opportunity to travel across the nation, meet new people, speak to legislators, and advocate for Perkins funding and CTSOs. FCCLA encourages members to advocate for what is important for their own future and the future of our country as well.

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Join the FCCLA Thunderclap February 17, 2017 4:30 PM EST

What is Thunderclap? Thunderclap is a social media sharing platform with the power of the crowd behind it. Individual social media accounts provide an easy platform to share a message, but it can be difficult to be heard! Thunderclap helps by joining together hundreds or thousands of individual social media accounts to say something TOGETHER. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social network feed and reaches the masses like never before. What steps are involved?

FCCLA’s Thunderclap

1. A Thunderclap campaign is created by the organizer (FCCLA) on the http://thunderclap.it/ page, with one message to be shared.

Our Thunderclap campaign will be created by National FCCLA and will go “active” at the State Advisers Management Meeting (SAMM) on January 16, 2017. Then the campaign can be promoted, so look for the front-page banner on the FCCLA website and be prepared to share and ask others to SIGN UP!

2. A date and time are selected for the message rollout. 3. The Thunderclap is promoted and users are directed to the sign-up page. By “signing up”, participants allow their individual social media accounts to be used on the specified date and time to mass-share the message. You can select Twitter, Facebook, or both. National FCCLA will take care of steps 1 and 2, but we need YOU to help with step #3!

Encourage everyone you know to participate, not just those involved in FCCLA. FCCLA’s message will roll out on Friday, February 17, at 4:30 PM EST (3:30 PM Central; 2:30 PM Mountain; 1:30 PM Pacific), so we will have around one month to recruit as many participants as possible. Think of the reach this could have for FCCLA. What a great way to close out FCCLA Week!

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Membership State Goals Pennsylvania FCCLA

Pennsylvania FCCLA has launched a new membership campaign for the 20162017 school year: Membership in the Minute. Chapters are invited to participate and increase not only membership numbers, but also activity within the chapters. Members and chapters have the opportunity to complete 15 different campaign activities, and chapters completing 4 campaigns receive special recognition at the State Leadership Conference. Want a preview of campaign activities? Check it out!

• Gain 3-5 new members in a chapter • Apply for grants and awards through FCCLA • Give 5-10 elevator speeches about FCCLA • Promote the national FCCLA PSA in your school announcements 5-10 times For more information about the Pennsylvania FCCLA membership campaign, visit www.pafccla.org. Michigan FCCLA Michigan FCCLA set a goal to increase membership by 10% for the 2016-2017 school year. The state association has developed a Gimme 5 Membership Award, recognizing chapters that increase membership by a minimum of 5 members. Each chapter that reaches the goal will receive a plaque to display in the classroom as well as recognition at the State Leadership Conference. The Michigan state adviser and state officers work year-round to recruit new chapters, distribute the Focus on FCCLA newsletter, and promote national FCCLA’s Go For the Red membership resources. For more information about Michigan’s Gimme 5 Membership Award and to track the progress of chapters, visit www.mifccla.org.

Montana FCCLA

The Montana FCCLA membership program focuses on recognition and retention. Throughout the past few years, the board of directors has prioritized the state’s limited resources to developing programs that empower and strengthen local chapters. When chapters have active participation among individuals who are strong leaders, indirect recruitment naturally happens.

Montana FCCLA’s recognition program has expanded to include the Ultimate Leader Award. This award recognizes members who exhibit leadership skills and whose daily actions exemplify the purposes of FCCLA. Members are nominated by their chapter adviser and peers. Up to five members are recognized annually at the State Leadership Conference. In addition, the New Adviser of the Year and Adviser of the Year awards recognize advisers who are investing in themselves to develop wellrounded chapters. Members or community members can nominate advisers for this award given at the State Leadership Conference. To retain member and advisers, the state association has increased leadership training opportunities by conducting a fall leadership rally. Chapter attendance at this event is limited to advisers, two chapter leaders, and two chapter officers. Members not only receive leadership training but also learn about opportunities for the upcoming year and work as a team to develop a program of work. Advisers receive a resource guide with personalized training about best practices for building and strengthening a chapter. For more information about Montana FCCLA’s membership efforts, visit www.mtfccla.org. January/February 2017 www.fcclainc.org Teen Times 7

Top 10 Reasons

to Join FCCLA

We all know that there are way more than 10 reasons to join FCCLA. Here are some of the most important!



We have a great mission, one you can really get behind: 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.


FCCLA helps members develop leadership skills, skills that are helpful both now and in the future.


Members identify concerns, make decisions, and carry out activities that not only benefit themselves but also benefit their peers and fellow community members.

FCCLA members become collegeand career-ready by participating in lots of opportunities that develop their skills. Learn more at http:// fcclainc.org/about-us/documents/ FCCLACollegeInformationSheet.pdf.


FCCLA offers its members valuable scholarship opportunities, all found at http://fcclainc.org/youth-leaders/youthscholarship-applications.php.


Members can compete and develop their skills through lots of Competitive Events and other opportunities. To learn more, head to http://fcclainc.org/ programs/competitive-events.php.


You can learn a ton from the FCCLA National Programs. Check them out at http://fcclainc.org/programs.


Members improve self-esteem and practice and apply critical thinking skills.


Like to travel? FCCLA offers so many national conference opportunities. Check them out at http://fcclainc.org/ meetings.

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Being an FCCLA members is fun! You get to know other people from across the country, learn more about yourself, and develop your leadership skills. What’s better than that?

What reasons would you add to the list?

Benefits of Membership Here’s a question for you to think about: Why did you join FCCLA? Now write your answer below.

Compare what you wrote with what another FCCLA member wrote. Why did they join FCCLA? What similarities do you notice? What differences are there?

Work with a partner to come up with 3 new reasons to join FCCLA. Why should someone join The Ultimate Leadership Experience?

FCCLA Membership Handbook The FCCLA Membership Handbook is a tool that guides members to a thriving chapter highlighting the 3 R’s of Membership: Recruit, Retain, Recognize.

Now write 1 way that you can promote membership to students in your school. Then put your idea into action!

Thank you for your efforts in expanding the membership of FCCLA. Let’s keep growing our FCCLA family so that more and more people can experience the benefits of our great organization!

Available now on the FCCLA Adviser Portal.

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Member Highlight

How did you successfully recruit members to Go For the Red? We have successfully held many events that have gained us more members. We have our bulletin announcements, social media, newspaper articles, Thursday meetings, fundraisers, and field trips.

What motivated your students to get involved? They have realized all of the benefits and skills they have developed over time while being part of the organization and encourage others to open themselves to the same opportunity that they have.

Why did you apply for the Go For the Red chapter award?


To encourage other FCCLA chapters to continue to build this awesome student organization.

Reedley High School FCCLA, CA

ADVISER NAME: Mrs. Lisa Bueno


In what ways has your chapter benefited from your recruitment efforts? Our chapter has definitely benefited from our recruitment efforts because not only do we have new members but we also have new ideas and points of view.

Amara Barile Annie Bautista Allison Botello Anahy Echeverria Nancy Cisneros Kristen Gibson Iliana Palomera Kali Sanchez

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What is one piece of advice you would like to give for recruiting FCCLA members? We have found much success in social media, such as Instagram, Facebook, and our own website. It keeps our members up-to-date about upcoming events and activities. Also, remember that anyone can become a member of the FCCLA family, so be inclusive and think outside the box when brainstorming potential members.

2016-2017 PSA Contest www.teenlane.org

Thank you to all 46 chapters that submitted PSA entries for the 2016-2017 Safe Rides – Save Lives PSA contest! Sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation, this year’s contest was a great success. The entries did a great job of raising awareness of teen driver risk in relation to the number of passengers in a vehicle! As data shows, teenage drivers are two-and-a-half times more likely to engage in one or more potentially risky behaviors when driving with even just one teenage peer. Be on the lookout, the WINNERS will be announced during FCCLA Week February 12-18, 2017! FCCLA will submit the winning PSA to the National Association of Broadcasters, for use in national PSA outreach opportunities.

About the Sponsor: The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc. (NRSF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that for more than 50 years has been dedicated to reducing crashes, deaths and injuries on our nation’s highways by promoting safe driving behavior through greater public awareness. NRSF produces documentaries, educational programs and public service campaigns for broadcast and for use in safety, educational and enforcement programs. NRSF offers its material FREE of charge. More than a million copies of the Foundation’s films and public service campaigns have been distributed for use in schools and by police, traffic safety agencies, healthcare professionals, youth advocacy groups and other grass-roots related agencies, as well as to corporations, the armed forces, federal, state and local government agencies. NRSF programs deal with distracted driving, speed and aggression, impaired driving, drowsy driving, driving skills, senior driving and more. The Foundation also works with key youth advocacy groups and sponsors contests to engage teens in promoting safe driving to their peers and in their communities.

For more information or to download free programs, visit www.nrsf.org or www.teenlane.org. January/February 2017 www.fcclainc.org Teen Times 11

Alumni & Associates Spotlight Annie (Krysl) Storey | Kansas City, Missouri

What FCCLA chapter were you a member of in high school? West Holt High School, Nebraska

Did you receive further education after high school? Yes, I received a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in child, youth, and family studies with an emphasis in youth development.

What do you do in your current career? I am the Agriculture Future of America Director of Programs.

How did FCCLA and your CTE experience help you prepare for your career? Learning The Planning Process and working with a team of peers has prepared me for my current role: engaging a diverse group of people toward the same goal and how to best plan and execute over 9 national conferences a year!

Annie lives with her husband Jason and three-year-old daughter Willow.

What kind of things do you do in your job? What is a typical day like? I prepare college students and young professionals in the food and agriculture space to be great leaders through program development, connecting with speakers, writing communications, and lots of project management.

What do you enjoy most/least about your work? I love working with passionate, talented, and committed college students. I missed the student interaction after I left FCCLA and am thankful to be back working directly with them. Least – that’s hard! Probably my expense reports!

Did you encounter any roadblocks on your professional journey? Was your path typical/not typical? In her current career role, Annie helps to create experiences for students to delve deeper into segments of the food and agriculture industry. As part of the Agriculture Future of America Policy Institute, programs were held at the USDA to explore international trade, policies, and markets.

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Who doesn’t? Unexpected twists and turns in the organizations I worked with have led me to gain experience and have given me the skills to navigate change. I don’t think my path was typical, and I hope that you realize that no one’s path really is!



Do you travel for work? What are some exciting or interesting places you have visited? I do! This past winter I went to the Netherlands with 9 college students to learn more about their food and agriculture systems. They are such a small country (half the size of West Virginia), but the 2nd exporter of agriculture goods. It’s an amazing country – innovative, kind, and open to new ideas. I would move there if I could!

Did you always know what you wanted to do? No way. I didn’t even know there was a career in non-profits and associations! My state FCCLA adviser knew this was my career path before I did. She motivated me and encouraged me to stay involved with FCCLA after high school graduation, which led me to my first job at National FCCLA. From there, I’ve always worked for national associations in a memberbased role. It’s been a great career so far. Recently, I received my Certified Association Executive certification so I can continue on my path in association management.

The Student Advisory Team serves as Agriculture Future of America’s student voice. These individuals plan and facilitate the AFA Leaders Conference programs, with over 700 students studying food and agriculture. Pictured are the 2016-2017 team members along with two program team members.

In January 2016, Annie traveled with 9 college students to the Netherlands for a 2-week program to explore the country’s agriculture and food processes. Attendees are standing outside the Incotec headquarters.

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Magic Member Recruitment Ideas Just because it’s the second semester of school doesn’t mean that you can’t recruit new students to Go For the Red!

Check out some fun recruitment ideas to jump start your spring membership efforts: • Host a dance-a-thon. • Coordinate dress-up days for an FCCLA recruitment week. • Show an FCCLA recruitment video. • Promote on chapter social media pages. • Host a membership movie night. • Invite potential members to a kick-off scavenger hunt. • Create locker signs for new FCCLA members. • Host a Thank Goodness It’s FCCLA Friday meeting. • Display info and recruit at school organization/club fairs. • Host an FCCLA day for all Family and Consumer Sciences classes. • Create public service announcements about FCCLA. • Invite a fun guest speaker to a meeting.

NEC Membership Madness March is almost here, which means MEMBERSHIP MADNESS is right around the corner. Membership Madness is a campaign developed to assist affiliated chapters in recruiting new members and to encourage others to Go For the Red. Visit www. fcclainc.org for more information.

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the Cash

Fundraising Ideas for Your Chapter Rather than doing your typical bake sales, car washes, and raffles, you may decide to ask for donations to help cover the costs of chapter activities and events. The best way to get donations is to make personal contacts with potential donors, explaining how donations will be used.

• What is FCCLA? • How much money are you asking for? • What would the money be used for? • How did you become involved? • Why is this project/activity important?

Plan these contacts carefully. Don’t assume people know about FCCLA and your chapter’s work in the school and community. And make sure to check school policy before seeking donations.

Sample Sponsor Packet

Support Can Be Provided in Lots of Ways

• customized letter • description of what needs support • detailed description of financial needs • information on how the sponsor will benefit and be recognized • FCCLA Information Sheet • Contact information

• cash • pledge or promise of a donation at a later date • matching gift, which means the donor promises to match the amount raised by the chapter • in-kind contributions, which are materials or expertise that may be used • underwritten grant, which means the donor agrees to cover costs for a particular project or event Asking for Help No person or company will support a badly planned or unneeded project or activity. But if chapter plans have an important impact on the school or community, you just might have something fundable. To find potential donors, ask parents, school faculty and administrators, and local Family and Consumer Sciences professionals in business to suggest ideas. Make sure to ask members’ employers. Be sure members take the lead in going to potential donors. Many sponsors respond best if it is obvious youth are leading the effort. Members should write and call or visit potential donors. Members who communicate with a potential sponsor should know exactly how the money will be used. Prepare members to answer initial questions like these:

When making contact with a potential sponsor, members should leave a packet that includes these things:

Now it’s time to get out there and start promoting FCCLA so you can get the financial support you need!

Want more fundraising and money tips? Find more in FCCLA’s National Program Financial Fitness, available now on the FCCLA Store!

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NCM Competitive Events Review

Members Create Unlimited Possibilities by Competing at National Cluster Meetings Over 600 FCCLA members competed in the FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl and Skill Demonstration Events at the Denver and Orlando National Cluster Meetings in November 2016. Members showcased their Family and Consumer Sciences knowledge, consumer education, and career preparation skills through online and onsite competitions. Congratulations to the Skill Demonstration Event finalists (a list is available on www.fcclainc.org) and to the teams who qualified for the National FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl Championship. The teams competing in Nashville, Tennessee, at the National Leadership Conference are: • Brookings High School, South Dakota • Campus High School, Kansas • Clark High School, South Dakota • John P. Stevens High School, New Jersey • Medicine Valley High School, Nebraska • Selah High School, Washington

• Bellevue High School, Ohio • Butler Tech-Fairfield High School Team #2, Ohio • Butler Tech-Ross High School, Ohio • Houston County High School, Georgia • North Saint Francois High School, Missouri • West Saint Francois High School, Missouri

Four more teams will be added through the Level II Second Chance Round, available at www.lifesmarts.org through January 31, 2017. Thank you to the FCCLA chapters who participated in the National Cluster Meeting Spotlight on Projects both in Denver and Orlando. Check out the photo submitted by the Lake Stevens FCCLA and Kittitas FCCLA chapters. These chapters displayed their gold medal projects from the 2016 National Leadership Conference during the Denver meeting.

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Are you competing in STAR Events this spring? Good luck, and we hope to see you at the 2017 National Leadership Conference in Nashville!

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My Smile Matters Youth Movement : Thank you Family, Career and Community Leaders of America for having us at your National Cluster Meeting in Orlando! We loved meeting so many amazing kids & advisors! #FCCLA #NCMOrlando Lead2Feed: Leaders In Action! The Page County High School #VAFCCLA chapter served a hot #FCCLA breakfast to veterans in their community for Veterans Day!



Twitter @madisonash15 : I wish I wasn’t half way home right now, #NCMDenver & @NationalFCCLA is too good to me. So lucky to have found this! @BPHS_FACS: Awesome day volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and delivering toys to the hospital. #FCCLA #GivingBack @FCCLAOhio: Happy FCS Day! Be sure to thank @aafcs and all they have done to support #FCCLA @awjhFCCLA: AWJH FCCLA members serve their community with the #GreatGratitudeFoodDrive @NationalFCCLA @GivingTuesday




Instagram @yimel: Última reunión del año. Que honor pertenecer al Consejo Ejecutivo Estatal de la FCCLA. #FCCLA #Family (Last meeting of the year. What an honor to belong to the FCCLA State Executive Council.) @bountifulFCCLA: FCCLA Friends! What’s your favorite story? Would you be willing to share it? Start looking for new or gently used children’s books for our book drive! Donations go to children in need at a local elementary school #FCCLA

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FCCLA Faces One of the best ways to recruit new members is to make personal contact with them. Invite potential members to a chapter meeting, tell them about all of the leadership opportunities that FCCLA provides, and share some of the exciting experiences that you have had in FCCLA. — Brett Fiala — Howells-Dodge FCCLA Chapter — President, NE

How do you recruit new members and promote FCCLA? Promoting FCCLA through your community newspaper, school newspaper, school website, and social media can help encourage new members to join. By creating interest in leadership activities, projects, and competitions that FCCLA provides, new members will be motivated to join our organization. — Emily Ritzdorf, Howells-Dodge — FCCLA Chapter Vice-President, NE

To recruit members, we need to raise awareness of the organization. It is beneficial to inform students about jobs and careers related to the Family and Consumer Sciences field. This will lead to an increased interest from the students if their individual “after high school” plans fall in the line with this field.

I like to recruit others to join FCCLA by telling them about all the opportunities/possibilities FCCLA has to offer. I mention all of the places I have traveled, the many leadership skills that I have learned, and the opportunities I have had to serve my community and make a difference in the lives of other people.

— Kaitlyn Collins — Marietta High School FCCLA, GA

— Addison Andrews — Bixby FCCLA, OK

Kittitas FCCLA recruits members largely through promoting our successes in photos in our FACS classroom, in the club display cases, and on the rolling TV screens in our common areas. We also are a part of open house the night before school starts. That’s when we collect names of people to invite to our first meeting.

I can summarize my personal recruitment efforts using one word: communication. I communicate with friends verbally and through my social media accounts about all of my FCCLA experiences. These experiences have been invaluable and have encouraged my friends to look into, join, and participate in FCCLA.

— Reilly Ambrose — Kittitas FCCLA, WA

— Sha’Tiana Hampton — Cleveland Jane Addams Business — Careers Center FCCLA, OH

We work hard to recruit new members every year! By showcasing a creative recruitment video that demonstrates activities our chapter has participated in, members are sure to be enticed. We also send out formal invitations to former members and students who have taken a FACS class to come to our interest meeting. — Julia Merten — Cherry Creek FCCLA Chapter — President, CO

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With Unlimited Possibilities in FCCLA, it can be fairly easy to recruit others to join. If anyone is interested in leadership opportunities, competitions, travel, Family and Consumer Sciences education, family, and friends, then FCCLA is perfect. So when it comes to recruiting, there are so many options to attract members! — Rikki Bergin, Marietta High School — FCCLA, GA

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Red Hot Future

Grace Belize Anderson Wyoming FCCLA Vice President

What does being an FCCLA member mean to you? Being an FCCLA member means I am a part of a bigger family with lifelong friends I have made from all across the nation. It means I am making a difference in my life, family, community, and world by wearing the red blazer. All the programs and projects FCCLA offers prepare me for life as an adult and how I can make a difference in my world. Being an FCCLA member means I am a leader, and I have a unique story. I have something to offer to make the world a better place and make a difference.

What essential life skills have you gained from your experience with FCCLA? I have learned the importance of community service, time management, responsibility, public speaking, and helping others. I have found my time is the most valuable resource I have, and giving that to others is the greatest gift I can give. Helping someone or spending time with them can make the difference in their life. I have learned to keep the end in mind and to always start my project early so I can meet deadlines. I definitely have learned more about responsibility and teamwork from being a district and state FCCLA officer.

What advice would you give a new FCCLA member to ensure that they get the most out of their FCCLA journey? Make the most of your time as an FCCLA member because your journey goes so fast. Do not be afraid to try something new or to step out of your comfort zone. The only thing worse than fear is regret. Make your FCCLA journey something you can look back on and say “I’m glad I did” instead of “I wish I had”. FCCLA is a place that you can be yourself and make lifelong memories and friendships.

What are the Unlimited Possibilities you see in your future? I see many Unlimited Possibilities in my future! I will be a senior this next year and cannot wait to see what my FCCLA journey brings. I hope to graduate as valedictorian of my class with 40 college credits. I plan on going to college and getting a degree in communications. I am not sure what I want to pursue for a career, but I would love to be a motivational speaker for conferences so I can challenge teens to make a difference in their world.

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Spotlight on... National Programs

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The FCCLA Leadership Service in Action program guides students to develop, plan, carry out, and evaluate projects that improve the quality of life in their communities. Leadership Service in Action helps young people build skills for family, career, and community roles; provides youth-centered learning experiences related to Family and Consumer Sciences education; and encourages young people to develop the positive character traits of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Leadership Service in Action is completely focused on service-learning. Service-learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning, resulting in very real student learning in areas such as applied academics, career preparation, character development, and technical skills. According to the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, “service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” The key difference between community service and service-learning is that community service primarily has the purpose of

meeting the needs of others and bettering the community, while service-learning enhances the community through the service provided, but it also provides powerful learning for the students providing the service. Do you need ideas or help getting started? You can create your own project related to the topics listed, participate in the following FCCLA partner projects, or address a need in your community. FCCLA Lead2Feed National Outreach Project – the nation’s largest free service-learning program. This year’s theme is “Feed the Need in Your Community”. FCCLA AT&T Access Program (a pilot program, limited to specific, targeted cities designated by AT&T) FCCLA State Farm Teen RSA For more information please visit http://fcclainc.org/ programs/teenRSA

National Program Awards Have you started thinking about what program awards your chapter is going to apply for? It’s not too late to get started on a project! All applications are due by March 1, 2017. Award descriptions and instructions are available at www. fcclainc.org. Click on “Programs,” then select the individual program to view award details and deadlines.



Where are the National Program Award applications located? Program Award applications are located online on the FCCLA affiliation system:

The top high school ($1,000), top middle school ($1,000), and one runner-up ($500) in each category will receive their awards and recognition during National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN.

https://affiliation.registermychapter. com/fccla#.

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Check out these events that feature FCCLA making a difference in the communities where our national events are held! Feeding the hungry in Washington, D.C.: Thanks to King Arthur Flour and Lead2Feed, FCCLA students participated in Bake for Good, preparing dozens of freshly baked rolls that were delivered to a local food bank, D.C. Central Kitchen. (Capitol Leadership Training, September 2016) Helping families facing critical illness in Denver, CO: FCCLA members attending the Denver National Cluster Meeting decorated 600+ grocery bags that will be used for food deliveries

to families facing critical illness. The decorated grocery bags will be used by There With Care to provide an extra boost and an uplifting feel to those who could really use a smile. (November 2016) Providing personal care supplies to homeless students: FCCLA students attending the Orlando National Cluster Meeting assembled personal hygiene kits to share with FIT (Families in Transition) in Osceola County, Florida. The mission of the

FIT program is to identify students in transition, to remove systemic barriers to their education (including school enrollment, transportation, and reassignments), and to provide linkages to appropriate community resources while maintaining school as the student’s stable environment. Thanks to the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and the partnership with Clean the World, this project supports one belief: that one kit can change one life. (November 2016)

Youth Scholarships Youth scholarships recognize the accomplishments you’ve had while developing your leadership skills in FCCLA. Check out http://fcclainc.org/ youth-leaders/youth-scholarshipapplications.php for all the rules and regulations for each scholarship. All applications are due by March 1, 2017.

• Beth Middleton Memorial Scholarship

• National Technical Honor Society Scholarship

• Chipotle Mexican Grill Scholarship

• Prestige Scholarship

• Coleene Jossy Memorial Scholarship

• Raye Virginia Allen State President’s Scholarship

• Frank W.H. Fort Civic Engagement/ Leadership Scholarship

FCCLA Leadership Academy

The FCCLA Leadership Academy develops leadership, employability skills, and 21st century skills and gives members the opportunity to be recognized for their personal growth efforts. Each academy focuses on specific skills needed for different environments where leadership is vital. From the home to the workplace to city hall, participants explore and practice essentials for the roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader. The FCCLA

Leadership Academy is developed by FCCLA for all FCCLA members to take intensive academies as part of their Ultimate Leadership Experience. For more information, head to http:// fcclainc.org/youth-leaders/leadershipacademy.php.

Offered at National Cluster Meetings

Offered at National Leadership Conference

State Package Options

Discover: The Discover Academy guides FCCLA members in their own leadership and character development and educates them on the organization and opportunities to get involved.

Engage: The Engage Academy strengthens leadership skills used to unify people through communication, collaboration, and conflict management.

Discover: The Discover Academy guides FCCLA members in their own leadership and character development and educates them on the organization and opportunities to get involved.

Launch: The Launch Academy enhances skills that will build a foundation for FCCLA members to prepare to successfully launch into their future through theory and practice of strategic planning, critical thinking, decision-making, and innovation.

Enrich: The Enrich Academy provides FCCLA members with a well-rounded training to enhance individuals’ ability to positively represent the organization as both a member and alumnus by cultivating essential leadership and life skills.

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July 2–6, 2017 Music City Center Downtown Nashville, TN fcclainc.org/meetings/national-leadership-conference.php


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2017 National Leadership Conference Wild Horse Saloon

This summer, FCCLA members from across the country will gather in Nashville to network with fellow members, attend FCCLA National Program workshops and Leadership Academy sessions, and take part in Competitive Events. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to discover Unlimited Possibilities with your FCCLA family! Registration for the conference opens on March 1, 2017. NLC Venue: Music City Center 201 Fifth Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203 615-401-1400

2017 National Leadership Conference Official Tour Program* FCCLA’s official NLC Tour Program offers attendees a variety of activities in and around downtown Nashville. Visit the NLC page of the FCCLA national website for full descriptions.

Friday, June 30, 2017


Grand Ole Opry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM Saturday, July 1, 2017 Nashville Shores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Beyond the Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Behind the Headliner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM Sweet, Sweet Nashville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM Grand Ole Opry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM Sunday, July 2, 2017 Nashville Shores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:45 AM – 3:45 PM Wild Horse Saloon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Sweet, Sweet Nashville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Monday, July 3, 2017 Sweet, Sweet Nashville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Grand Ole Opry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM * Tour times are subject to change.

Grand Ole Opry

Sweet, Sweet Nashville

Behind the Headliner

Beyond the Music

Nashville Shores

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Go For the Red Membership Campaign

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Go For the Red is an FCCLA membership campaign that provides incentives for members and chapters working to increase membership. Go For the Red empowers students to recruit, retain, and recognize members. Students can utilize the 2016-2017 Membership Kit to plan and carry out a membership campaign or drive and then be eligible for awards and recognition! Individual applicants who recruit 3 or more members will receive a special Go For the Red t-shirt for recruiting efforts. Chapters that recruit 10 or more members will receive an FCCLA banner to showcase their achievement. For more information regarding the details of these awards or to apply, visit the Membership Campaign page on the national FCCLA website.

Sasha Hartsuiker Cherry Creek High School, Colorado

What Family and Consumer Sciences classes do you teach? I teach Foods and Nutrition, Contemporary Relationships, Child Development, Residential Interior Design, Commercial Interior Design, and Fashion/ Interior/Culinary Design.

As a Family and Consumer Sciences instructor, what do you do to promote and further the profession? I am an active member of the Colorado Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (CATFACS). I have had the opportunity to serve as a workshop presenter and a mentor for teachers beginning to teach interior design. I have worked with the Colorado FCCLA Alumni and Associates. To promote and further the profession, I try to encourage my students to consider teaching FACS as much as I can.


Class Acts profiles FCCLA advisers and what these individuals are doing to help FCCLA succeed as well as advance the field of Family and Consumer Sciences.

What professional development or resources do you utilize to stay current in the subject matter that you teach? I attend the CATFACS conference every year to network and attend workshops related to our curriculum. Colorado offers summer workshops to teachers – of which I try to utilize as much as I can. But my favorite way to keep current is to invite guest speakers into the classroom. Not only can they inspire students in a future career, but I learn so much from industry members who are working in our fields of study.

How do you incorporate or integrate FCCLA in your Family and Consumer Sciences classroom? At the beginning of each semester, my chapter/ district/state/national officers hold an FCCLA Day in class where they come in to market and advertise the organization to new students. We also explain that class projects are often things they can take to competitions. I try to use STAR Events as class projects as much as I can. For example, the Interior Design STAR Event is the class final for Residential Interior Design. Other great projects center around Food Innovations, Nutrition and Wellness, Fashion Design, etc. Besides modifying the projects to fit my classes, my students hear about FCCLA almost every day through class announcements, fundraising/ community service projects, and activities.

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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 to continue traditions of providing personal growth and leadership opportunities to youth.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is an American chain of fast casual restaurants specializing in tacos and burritos. When Chipotle opened its first restaurant in 1993, the idea was simple: show that food served fast didn’t have to be a “fast-food” experience. Using high-quality raw ingredients, classic cooking techniques, and distinctive interior design, Chipotle brought features from the realm of fine dining to the world of quickservice restaurants. Chipotle is dedicated to finding the best fresh ingredients while keeping the environment, farmers, and animals in mind, which is portrayed through Chipotle’s Food with Integrity initiative. Chipotle has a strong focus on creating an exceptional guest experience, which is the natural result of cultivating a culture of genuine, rewarding opportunities for its employees. Encouraging employees to hone their leadership skills, set goals, and empower others is at the top of the list for Chipotle. Chipotle is also committed to supporting schools and youth organizations like FCCLA at the local level by hosting fundraisers at their restaurants. Host a fundraiser at your local Chipotle by following these steps: • •

Submit an application to host a fundraiser at www.chipotle.com/fundraisers Receive confirmation and a flyer to promote the event.

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Tell your school, friends, family, community members, and other supporters.

The best part? 50% of each Chipotle order your supporters place will go to your chapter! FCCLA is grateful for the support and generosity that Chipotle Mexican Grill displayed during our first year of partnership, and we look forward to many opportunities to partner ahead. At FCCLA’s 2017 National Leadership Conference, Chipotle will once again be awarding five $1,000 scholarships to FCCLA members who understand the importance of empowering and elevating others and have made others better around them, both within high school and in their personal lives. This is a great opportunity for seniors who have applied to a degree-granting institution leading to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any field of study. The deadlines for these scholarship applications is March 1, 2017. You can learn more about Chipotle Mexican Grill by visiting https://chipotle.com/. Facebook: @chipotlejobs Twitter: @chipotlejobs Blog: careers-blog.chipotle.com

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

Rye Cove High School FCCLA Rye Cove High School FCCLA, Virginia, planned a pumpkin painting party for residents of a local assisted living facility. Members secured pumpkin donations from local farmers to distribute to the residents and spent a morning assisting them with painting their pumpkins. Chapter members also provided music for entertainment during these activities.

Page County High School FCCLA Page County High School FCCLA, Virginia, hosted its membership recruitment campaign: “Page FCCLA: Come Back for S’more”. This year’s camping-themed events helped to raise chapter membership to 69 members. The week-long campaign featured a scavenger hunt, “FCCLA’s S’more Fun” treats, a campingthemed photo spot with props, a “Happy Trails” trail mix bar, a “Bugs in the Jar” guessing game, and a “Membership Jamboree” party, including campfire crafts, camp food, and team games. They also created a giant FCCLA camper at the entrance to the FACS department!

Maysville FCCLA Maysville FCCLA, Missouri, put together a community service project that included planning, prepping, and serving a meal at the Kansas City, MO, Hope Lodge. The KC Hope Lodge is a facility where patients can stay while undergoing cancer treatment. Members prepped and served spaghetti and then sat down to eat with the residents. Vice-President of Community Service Conner Berry put together a game to raise money and encouraged Region 1 members to donate $1. The chapter was able to donate over $450 to the Hope Lodge.

Kittitas FCCLA Kittitas FCCLA, Washington, and the “Love Your Smile Princess” participated in the city’s trunk or treat event. Members handed out over 120 toothbrushes with tooth brushing charts to trick or treaters. In addition, the princess partnered with America’s Tooth Fairy to peer educate all K-2nd grade students about the importance of brushing their teeth and the proper way to do so. An additional 160 toothbrushes and charts were handed out.

Irwin County FCCLA Irwin County FCCLA, Georgia, partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) for their project. RMHC is an organization that was founded in order to provide housing close to hospitals for families to stay in for little to no cost. Members Alyssa Gibbs and Madison Thompson headed up the project as a STAR Event and collected can tabs. The tabs are recycled by RMHC, with the money used to pay the utility bills for families staying in the home. The chapter held a competition between homerooms to see which could bring in the most can tabs. Over 85 pounds of can tabs were collected!

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

Has Your Chapter Signed Up to Host a Teen RSA at Your School? You still have time to participate in our Teen Road Safety Assessment (RSA) initiative. The deadline to submit your report form is March 1 — you can register any time before that date and still be eligible (as long as your report form is submitted by March 1)! This youth-led effort enhances peer-to-peer education by engaging students in addressing a geographic area they use almost daily — their school intersection! We hope this initiative empowers teens to become smarter drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists!

We’re also offering CASH PRIZES to.... Five Random Drawing Winners

$1,000 per chapter*

*Entries must be submitted by March 1, 2017. Two State Winners

$2,500 each*

*The two states with the highest percentage of Teen RSA participation based on their 2016-2017 membership. Keep signing up and participating to help your state win!

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

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