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Mar/Apr 2018

Magazine for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.

Feature Story:

FCCLA Experiences Help Prepare Members for the Design Career Pathway

In this issue:

Middle Level Chapter Incorporating the Planning Process

Partner Power

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Program Integration Chapter Projects Focus on the Human Services Career Pathway

B Sew Inn Education Division Working with Baby Lock to Expand your Opportunities & Spread the Love of Sewing

Feature Story:

FCCLA Experiences Help Prepare Members for the Design Career Pathway

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From the Desk of ... It seems like the school year just began, and here we are working on this year’s last edition of Teen Times. We hope you like the new direction of the magazine and find it useful in your career pathway focus areas. This issue focuses on the Human Services and Design pathways. Both are so essential to our society and include amazing breadth for FCCLA members to explore through our programs and Competitive Events. Growing up, I dreamed of designing ice skater costumes. We didn’t have a rink in my hometown in West Virginia, but I loved to watch ice skating competitions on television. Their amazing costumes allowed me to imagine the story behind their dance and always made me dream of the concepts that it took to get to that design. I didn’t get to pursue that dream but used

those skills to design my wedding dress and my kids’ Halloween costumes. I bet there is an FCCLA member out there with the capacity to be a costume designer, and I hope I now get to use my other talents to provide opportunities to our members to fulfill their dreams. We are working hard to get ready to see many of you at the 2018 National Leadership Conference. Some corporate partners have offered to provide unique career explorations for attendees, and we cannot wait to see you all rock your red. Whether you come to compete, volunteer, or engage in training, we hope you all find this one of the best conferences you have ever attended and that you leave inspired to be leaders in your families, careers, and communities.

FCCLA Executive Director

Hello, FCCLA! Are you struggling to decide which career path you want to follow or major in? Maybe you are a student who is often called creative and artistic? Or maybe you have a heart for people? Well, then maybe the Design or Human Services pathway could be just for you! A degree in Design can score you a job as a graphic designer, photographer, interior designer, multimedia artist and animator, art director, advertising and promotions manager, fashion designer, and more! Although creative design careers in print publications are projected to decline over the next ten years, the need for creative designers in online and computer-related industries is expected to grow rapidly. There is a projected growth of 7% in design-related career fields! A degree in Human Services can also provide you with a career that has many diverse applications. Graduates holding a degree in this pathway can often find employment in mental healthcare, group homes, adult facilities, substance abuse treatment centers, or elderly care centers, among other areas. The need for employees in the Human Services field multiplies as the emphasis and need for social intervention programs increases. With many of the issues we are facing in our world today, you can make a difference with a Human Services career. FCCLA provides many opportunities to explore career areas you may have never considered before! I encourage you to compete in a STAR Event and explore your interests. You never know what a possible inquiry or job-shadowing experience might offer. Never be afraid to try something new because you may discover a passion you didn’t know you had!

FCCLA National President

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2018 The 2018 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA is bringing together more than 8,000 student leaders and advisers for a meeting that is “Inspired by FCCLA�. Attendees will lead others, develop new skills, explore career opportunities, build strong families, and give back to their communities. Shine in red. Make a difference. Be inspired!

For more information, visit www.fcclainc.org or email meetings@fcclainc.org.

FCCLA Partnerships

Partner Power

FCCLA partners with a wide variety of organizations, universities, and corporations that share similar core values. These companies provide resources, guidance, and support to assist FCCLA in continuing our traditions of providing personal growth and leadership opportunities to youth. Check out our partner in the spotlight now!

In the spotlight now…. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) exists to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment. SCAD has four campus locations for students to choose from as well as online courses available through their eLearning program. FCCLA state advisers had the chance to visit SCAD Atlanta during the 2018 State Advisers Management Meeting. While on site, the state advisers had lunch at Ivy Hall, toured the stunning campus, learned about the various programs the Atlanta location offers, visited the SCAD museum to see designs from the famous Guo Pei, participated in hands-on workshops, and had a chance to connect with some of SCAD’s key faculty members. The interior design workshop, presented by Liset Robinson, Associate Chair of Interior Design, helped state advisers learn how to employ the use of observation, mind mapping, and collaboration to solve a design problem. The fashion workshop, presented by Julia Kroener, Professor of Fashion, focused on 3D draping and allowed the state advisers to explore the intersection of shape, silhouette, sculpture, and innovation with a variety of fabrics. Learn more about the degree programs SCAD offers and how to take the next step in preparing for your creative career at www.scad.edu.

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Feature Story

Do you have an interest in fabrics, patterns, fashion, and design? A future in the fashion industry might be just for you! FCCLA can help you make a plan for success down the Design career pathway through several experiences and opportunities. Check out how FCCLA member Dillon Lumsden is preparing for a future career! Q: What’s your story in the fashion industry? A: Well, it all started when I first learned how to sew. Both of my grandmothers taught me the basics when I was about 14. When I started high school, I took a clothing class, and my teacher taught me in more detail. From there, joining FCCLA and participating in the Fashion Design STAR Event has helped me gain knowledge of the industry because I had to research different topics related to the fashion world.

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Feature Story Q: What makes you want to pursue a degree in this field? A: I have always had a passion for making things come together to make something unique and special. I also love working with all kinds of people. With a degree in fashion, I can help people become more self-confident in the way they look and feel. With the right pair of shoes, anyone can change the world.

Q: What motivates you to go into this field? A: I am most motivated by my simple love of designing. Designing clothing is something I love to do, and I feel like I am meant to do it. I can’t even begin to imagine myself doing anything else. Another huge motivator is my second passion, which is the performing arts. With the arts, I can express my visual creativity. With fashion, I can merge my passions into a career.

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree? A: I want to study fashion design/construction at Iowa State University. Then I would like to work at Varsity Spirit to design cheer/ dance uniforms (Varsity is comprised of the leading organizations and brands in cheerleading/dance segments, including its educational camps, clinics, competitions, uniforms, and accessories). I have started designing some cheer uniforms in my free time. I was inspired to work at Varsity Spirit because in high school I was a cheerleader, dancer, and a member of my color guard. So, designing uniforms will keep me connected to the cheer/dance world. Also, I’d like to design clothing for my family and friends in my free time when I’m not working at Varsity.

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Real World Skills Through FCS Education

Q: How have your Family and Consumer Science classes helped you prepare to pursue your career?

A: In my classes, we have learned a lot about principles of design, the techniques of sewing and stitching, how to collaborate with others, and time management. We’ve also learned about colors and which colors go together. I took as many FCS classes as possible. My clothing teacher, Mrs. Schreiber, created two AP clothing courses for me to take so I could further my study of textiles, draping, and flat pattern construction. At graduation, I received the Family and Consumer Sciences department award because of the number of classes I took and my extreme interest in career-related classes.

Q: How has FCCLA helped you prepare to pursue your career?

A: FCCLA has helped immensely by showing me the importance of meeting deadlines. I have a rubric to go by for my STAR Event, which helps me to know what is expected in the field. I’ve also gained organizational skills. The fashion show I participated in at NLC was an awesome experience and gave me a glimpse into what the future has to hold for fashion designers.

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Want to show off your design and sewing talents on stage at NLC?

Here’s your chance! Members are invited to participate in the FCCLA Fashion Show during NLC in Atlanta, GA, which will take place during the Recognition Session. Twenty youth members will be selected to showcase their designs. You do not have to be a STAR Events competitor to be part of the show, but you must be registered for the conference.

To participate, complete the 2018 NLC Fashion Show application by:

April 20, 2018

FUNDRAISE WITH CHIPOTLE AND KEEP 50% OF THE PROCEEDS. They’ll provide the digital flyers, and all you’ll have to do is get people to show up. When FCCLA supporters show the flyers or simply mention the fundraiser at checkout, a whopping 50% of each Chipotle order they place will go to your chapter. Talk about a whole lotta love. Let’s get things rolling at chipotle.com/fundraisers

Complete application at: surveymonkey.com/r/S3CCYNW

Youth Leaders

Program Integration

What’s your passion? Is it helping people? Do you want to make things better for others, help others gain success, and use your leadership to bring others together to create change? If so, the Human Services career pathway is for you! And you can connect your passion with FCCLA through the Families First national program.

Check out these projects that FCCLA members completed through Families First! Fostering Christmas, Jasper County High School, GA

Due to the shortage of foster families, many children are not able to experience a typical Christmas in Jasper County. We began our project by announcing to our student body that we were accepting toys for all ages. We collaborated with the athletic director to reward our students who donated. For every person who donated toys, they received a free home basketball ticket. When all of our toys were collected, we began wrapping them and sorting them by ages. We also worked with the head of fostering in our community, Dr. John DeGarmo, to learn more about the needs of the foster students. We planned a fun Christmas party for the children. Some FCCLA members ran small groups of activities, others helped with dinner, and a few people worked as Santa’s elves. Our project promoted a better understanding of FCCLA by showing the community what FCCLA is about: reaching out to families and children of all types of needs.

Families First

The FCCLA Families First national peer education program helps youth gain a better understanding of how families work and learn skills to become strong family members. Its goals are to help youth become strong family members and leaders for today and tomorrow and to strengthen the family as the basic unit of society. Families First Units: To help members focus their projects, Families First offers five units. Members may complete projects in one or several units. Units cover topics that provide a general overview of families and related issues: Families Today - Understand and celebrate families You-Me-Us - Strengthen family relationships Meet the Challenge - Overcome obstacles together Balancing Family and Career - Manage multiple responsibilities Parent Practice - Learn to nurture children

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Youth Leaders

Sock it to Poverty, Cambridge-Isanti FCCLA, MN

Many of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch, but that hasn’t always met all of their needs as an individual. There are students who have a meal but need something more, like school supplies, clothing items, or words of encouragement. It was our goal to establish a care closet for students in need. The objective was to have a functioning center where students could obtain single-serving, high protein food items; school supplies; and clothing and also get words of encouragement and jokes of the day. Our major activities were to identify a committee of concerned students and staff, identify a location in the school, brainstorm needed items, create a plan to collect needed items, and implement a school-wide program to help collect items for the closet. We collaborated with the German and counseling departments to start, stock, and maintain the care closet. Partnerships included a generous anonymous donation, contributions from Cub Foods and the Methodist Church, and items shared by students and staff at Cambridge Isanti High School.

Awards Chapters apply online for recognition for their hard work and innovative projects with the National Families First Program Award Application. High School Award - $1,000 Middle School Award - $1,000 Runner-Up Award - $500 Start planning now for next year! Program Award application deadline: March 1, 2019

Congratulations 2017 Families First Award Winners! High School Winner Goodhue Jr./Sr. High School, Minnesota Middle School Winner Montgomery County Middle School FCCLA, Missouri Runner-Up Winner Bourbon County High School, Kentucky This year’s winners will be announced in April!

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Youth Leaders

“How is FCCLA preparing you for a career in Design or Human Services?” Alissa Mayse Spanish Springs FCCLA, Nevada Career Field: Fashion Design “FCCLA has competition, which is preparing me for a career in fashion design as well as different scholarships I can get by being in the program.”

Ellie Simpson Columbus East High School FCCLA, Indiana Career Field: Education “FCCLA is preparing me for my Human Services career by teaching me how to effectively work with a team of individuals and use that to gain skills such as public speaking, responsibility, and planning. Thanks to FCCLA, I hope to become a successful elementary school teacher in the future.”

Gabbie Hernandez Granger High School, Texas Career Field: Family and Consumer Sciences “FCCLA is preparing me for a future career in Human Services by allowing me to participate in different STAR Events and have experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Through FCCLA, I have learned how to be a better public speaker, a quick learner, and a better leader overall. I have no doubt that I am fully prepared for my future career in Family and Consumer Sciences education because of FCCLA.”

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Youth Leaders

Hannah Nix

FCCLA SD Region 1 Vice-President (2017-2018) McIntosh Chapter President (2017-2018) McIntosh High School in McIntosh, SD

My story in the field of Human Services started during my freshman year of high school. The community service I do for FCCLA and National Honor Society is something I have always enjoyed. I like being able to help other people. I started working at the after-school program last year and enjoyed being able to help students with homework. I currently work at a cafe in town. I have known for several years I want to go to school to get my cosmetology and esthetics license. I have been bullied a lot throughout school and have always struggled with selfconfidence. Styling my hair and doing new things with makeup has always helped my confidence. I enjoy doing hair and makeup on others. I am always teaching myself a new hair or makeup trick. I have even taught myself special effects makeup. Many different things motivate me to go into this field. I have support from friends, family, and my FCCLA adviser, Mrs. Jordan. I am excited to go into this career and learn as much as possible. I hope to give people more confidence after doing their hair or makeup. Everyone deserves to feel beautiful, but the way society is now makes that very difficult for a lot of people. I hope to get some experience and start my own business with my degree. I want to style hair and do makeup for events such as weddings or proms. I also would like to do special effects makeup at haunted houses during Halloween. I will be taking business classes while in school to help my business be more successful. My FCS classes have helped me prepare for my future in so many ways! I know how to plan events, cook meals, sell products, and operate a business. My FCS classes have given me so many life skills. I have also learned how to set a budget, which will be a great help when I am living on my own. FCCLA has taught me so much about communicating in groups, which is very important in my career. I am not afraid to go outside my comfort zone and to try new things because of FCCLA. I know that if I work hard, I will be successful in my life. I am so excited to see what my future holds. I know the possibilities are endless!

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Youth Leaders

Zykiah Kursh

2017 STAR Event Award Winner Southside High School in Fort Smith, AR

What’s your story in the fashion industry? Ever since I was 12, I knew I was going to do something involving fashion. I always created fashion sketches and collages to keep my mind busy and to create a new trend of my own. I recently got the opportunity to intern at a local boutique in my hometown. The owner helped me gain knowledge of the fashion world and made me love it even more.

What motivates you the most about going into a field like fashion? Seeing so many designers that are from a small town just like me and are now onto the next big thing. This is what keeps me going because it makes me feel like anything is possible if you put your mind and heart into it. I believe when you truly want something you fight for it no matter the cost.

What do you hope to do with your degree? My dream is to become a stylist. I want to style people for commercials, television shows, music videos, or celebrity events. And when I get to this part in my career, I want to go to schools and motivate kids and let them know it’s okay to pursue a creative field.

How have your Family and Consumer Science classes helped you prepare to pursue your career? My FCS classes Clothing Management and Housing/Interior Design are what helped me find my passion. I gained knowledge in putting textiles together to make an equal statement. My clothing class taught me how to sew and the history of clothing. This will be very useful for me.

How has FCCLA helped you prepare to pursue your career? Many don’t know this, but I used FCCLA STAR Events to open my eyes to see if this is the career I wanted to pursue. I created tire shoes, and I took them to compete. I received 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal for my project. This showed me anything is possible, and I have to say FCCLA has been a big part of my life. It helped me make a decision that changed my life forever.

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Red Jacket, Red Hot Future What was your favorite opportunity as an FCCLA member? A favorite opportunity of mine as an FCCLA member was running as a National Officer Candidate while serving as a NJ state officer. The experience prepared me for the unpredictable and challenged me to be uncomfortable. It really taught me a lot about myself in the process.

How did your FCCLA experience help you prepare for your career? Competing in state-wide fashion design events definitely helped prepare me for my career. These events allowed me to sharpen pattern-making and construction skills, taught me time management, and helped me see how to articulate through speaking what was in my head!

Why did you choose to go into the design industry? Lendrell Martin Technical Designer, Ann Taylor New York, NY

I chose to go into the design industry because I’ve always loved the language that clothing can provide! With that in mind, I wanted to be a part of helping people say something through their attire on a daily basis.

Where did you grow up, and what FCCLA chapter were you in?

What is your favorite part of your job?

I grew up Willingboro, NJ, and was involved in NJFCCLA at BCIT-Westampton.

My favorite part of my job is seeing a garment you worked on in the “real world” on someone who went to the store and spent their hard-earned money. To me, it’s a humbling experience to know the effort you and a team put into a product has been appreciated by a customer who identifies with an item.

What do you do? I am a technical designer, so I am responsible for communicating design, fit, and detail construction to agents and factories domestically and overseas.

What were some of your previous professional experiences? Previous professional experiences include working for companies such as JCPenney, Abercrombie & Fitch, Sorbara Furs, and Oscar de la Renta.

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What is one piece of advice you’d give to a current FCCLA member who is pursuing a career in the design industry? Get involved in Competitive Events to help you identify potential areas of interest! It’s never too early to begin to hone your skills. Experiment and take classes to strengthen areas of weakness, as we all have them!

Red Jacket, Red Hot Future


What motivates you to go into this field? My family is a foster family, so we have several children who come in and out of our home, and they always have problems, and there’s not enough counseling that they receive.

What do you hope to do with your degree? I plan to be a psychologist and own my office, but I also want to travel and share my story.

How have your Family and Consumer Science classes helped you prepare to pursue your career? My FCS teacher always motivated me to do what I want to do. Since I want to focus on children and children who have been abused, just learning about families and how they work has been very important. Children from different backgrounds can all have problems. And you learn in the different FCS classes that it doesn’t matter what type of home it is. They can all have problems.

Madi Harris FCCLA Member Arab High, AL

What career are you interested in pursuing? I want to be a psychologist.

Do you have any experience in counseling or psychology?

How has FCCLA helped you to prepare to pursue your career? Throughout my four years of school, I’ve always been in FCCLA. I have created a website and talked to victims of abuse. They can share their story on the website, and I’ve gotten to talk to thousands of people through speaking at different events. So, FCCLA has helped me build the background knowledge I’ll need for what I want to do for the rest of my life. If FCCLA wasn’t a part of my life, then I wouldn’t be who I am today, and I wouldn’t be going into this career without it.

I’ve been in multiple psychology classes in school. The project that I’ve been doing for FCCLA has helped me determine why I wanted to go into this field.

What makes you want to pursue a degree in this field? I’ve always wanted to either go into psychology or social work, but I chose psychology because studying the human mind is more interesting. And, I want to be able to help people who struggle with mental illness.

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Class Acts Cindy Corbitt Jeff Davis High School, GA “For 15 years, I was a school counselor. As a school counselor, I loved my job, for the most part, because I helped students overcome obstacles and reach their potential. However, in the more recent years, more state testing consumed my time as a testing coordinator. After much consideration, and with an opportunity to move forward, I returned to the FCS classroom. I can use many of my skills from counseling inside my classroom. What matters most to me is family and my community. I am able to enjoy helping in both areas through my career. Students in my class are considered “family.” When they cannot get along or if one is struggling, the dysfunction is something to talk about and work to change. FCCLA also helps me utilize many of my interests and strengths. Two students in our small town set up a personal business and learned entrepreneurship skills that most graduates would not have the opportunity to develop without FCCLA.”

Jackie Emmons Archer High School, GA “The Human Services pathway provides students a real opportunity to see the value of school for their future work. I teach the food science courses, but it is so much more than food. We use food science to teach transferable skills to any service industry. We discuss the need and importance of developing employability skills. We practice job interviewing skills and research career opportunities. We also have the freedom to work on projects that develop teamwork and planning skills. My students know that the FCCLA Planning Process drives everything we do. They understand that in everything you should “plan your work and work your plan”. Planning is the foundation of all work. When a person has the ability to identify concerns, set a goal, form a plan, act on the plan, and then follow up through reflection like the FCCLA Planning Process teaches, they have the groundwork to accomplish anything they can envision.”

Heather Hussong Celina High School, TX “’Helping people help themselves is a description I have seen associated with Human Services. This idea captures the role I held as a licensed social worker before I held the keys to my first classroom. Now this belief has equal value in characterizing teaching. Given my work experience, the subject of Human Services in FCS was instinctual. Infant adoption, domestic violence, and medical case work offered me working experience in many of the Human Services standards dealing with family, development, and relationships. A source of great inspiration for me is The Starfish Story. It tells how one should not be overwhelmed by how many beached starfish need help, but instead stay motivated by the ones who are helped with each individual toss back to sea. Neither social work nor teaching Human Services has made me feel like I have an easy job, but they are both jobs that are easy to love due to their value in service to individuals.”

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Alumni & Associates

Get Involved Spotlight

Crystal Martin Former National Vice-President, Michigan Tell us about your involvement with FCCLA.

I was a national officer from 1983-84. I was also state 1st vice president, state secretary-treasurer, regional president, and regional secretary for Michigan during my high school years. Of course, back then, the organization was FHAHERO. I learned so many amazing skills that helped with my growth as a person and as a leader. I have so many fond memories as a member as well as an officer. It was such an incredible experience to be a national officer!

What do you do now? I am now the executive director of Family Counseling and Shelter Services of Monroe County in Michigan. We have the only domestic violence shelter in Monroe County, Michigan, as well as a full counseling division.

How did your FCCLA experience help you prepare for your career? FCCLA helped me to come out of my shell in the 8th grade, and my journey with the organization continued from there. Being an officer and an FCCLA member helped me to develop the stamina to complete multiple tasks as a young adult. It also helped me to gain confidence, self-esteem, leadership, team building, and real-world skills. I was able to apply these skills in college as well as in my career. I have utilized all of the things I learned from FCCLA programs and competitions throughout my career, but especially now that I serve as the executive director of my organization. My FCS classes gave me the necessary skills to teach our clients culinary, budgeting, and leadership skills. My experience with FCCLA has also given me the ability to relate to different groups, as well as to address all the needs of all the groups I am involved with. Interestingly enough, my daughter was in FCCLA and competed at the national competition in 2012. It was so thrilling to have my daughter be a part of the same organization that I was so heavily involved in when I was her age!

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Competitive Events

FCCLA has several Competitive Events that can spark your interest in Design or Human Services careers. Which one will you try? Advocacy n





Real World Skills Through FCS Education

Fashion Design l

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Career Focused: This event allows team members to

Categories: Senior & Occupational Career Focused: Participants will develop a clothing label,

STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

Career Investigation n

FCCLA Chapter Website n

including those in the Design or Human Services fields. Through self-assessments, career research and planning, and job shadowing, members develop a portfolio and oral presentation. Real World Skills

inform, and involve members and the general public about the importance of the FCS program and FCCLA chapter. Real World Skills

research, develop a plan, and advocate for change in policies or laws. Real World Skills

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Exploring: This event helps members explore many careers,

STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

Chapter Service Project Display or Portfolio l

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Exploring: Members develop and implement an in-depth service project, making a worthwhile contribution to families, schools, and communities. Human Services STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

Digital Stories for Change n

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Exploring: Using an annual topic, members develop a

digital story to advocate for positive change, and present all project components in an online format. Real World Skills

research the audience, design the label’s first 4-piece collection, and construct a collection sample. Design

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Career Focused: Design a chapter website to educate,

STAR Event: Level One Online & National

Focus on Children l

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Career Focused: Participants in this event plan and conduct a child development project that has a positive impact on children and the community. Child development encompasses birth through adolescence. Human Services STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

Illustrated Talk n

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Career Focused: Participants research a topic about issues concerning FCS and prepare an oral presentation and visuals. Real World Skills

STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

Entrepreneurship n

Impromptu Speaking n

your FCS skills and sound business practices. Present your written business plan in a portfolio for evaluation. Real World Skills

confidence and logical organization of thought is an important skill for all careers! Real World Skills Skill Demonstration Event at a National Cluster Meeting

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Career Focused: Develop a plan for a small business using

STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

Fashion Construction l

Categories: Senior & Occupational Career Focused: Using new materials, participants construct

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Career Focused: The ability to express oneself with

Interior Design l

Categories: Senior & Occupational Career Focused: Participants apply interior design skills

a garment or ensemble. Participants create a display to showcase their fashion construction skills. Design

learned in FCS courses to design interiors to meet the living space needs of clients, using an annual design scenario. Design

STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

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Connect to Design & Human Services Career Pathways Competitive Events!

Get Involved

Need more information or project ideas? Ask your chapter adviser for event guidelines, and check out the STAR Events Information Sheets at http://fcclainc.org/CompetitiveEvents. Interior Design Sketch l

Categories: Senior & Occupational Career Focused: Participants use their problem solving,

design, and sketching skills to sketch an interior design space using a provided scenario. Design Skill Demonstration Event at a National Cluster Meeting

Interpersonal Communications n

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Career Focused: Using skills learned in FCS classes,

participants apply communication techniques to develop a project designed to strengthen communication in the community, workplace, family, or among peer or school groups. Real World Skills STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

Nutrition and Wellness l

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Exploring: Track food intake and physical activity for

yourself, your family, or a community group. Determine goals and strategies to improve overall health. Human Services STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

Promote and Publicize FCCLA! n

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Exploring: Develop a promotion and publicity campaign to

raise awareness and educate others about the importance of FCCLA and FCS education. Real World Skills

Recycle and Redesign n

Interviewing Skills n

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Career Focused: Use the “Speak Out for FCCLA” Power

skills for an entry-level position. Real World Skills

Skill Demonstration Event at a National Cluster Meeting

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Exploring: Prepare for and utilize your job interviewing Skill Demonstration Event at a National Cluster Meeting

Job Interview n

Categories: Senior & Occupational Exploring: Develop a portfolio, participate in an interview, and communicate an understanding of requirements for a job matching your current skills and relating to your career interests/goals. Real World Skills STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

Leadership n

Categories: Senior & Occupational Exploring: Participants investigate their leadership

of One unit and practice your marketing and public speaking skills. Real World Skills

Speak Out for FCCLA n

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Exploring: Use the “Speak Out for FCCLA” Power of One unit and practice your marketing and public speaking skills. Real World Skills Skill Demonstration Event at a National Cluster Meeting

Sports Nutrition l

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Career Focused: In the role of a student dietitian/

ability, assess leadership and employability skills, and develop and implement a plan to further their leadership development. Real World Skills

nutritionist, prepare a sample nutrition and hydration plan based upon nutrition and energy needs of a student athlete. Prepare an oral presentation and demonstrate a method to assist the athlete with nutrition management. Human Services

STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

National Programs in Action n

Categories: Junior, Senior & Occupational Exploring: Participants use the Planning Process to plan and implement a national program project. Real World Skills

STAR Event: Regional/District, State & National

n Real World Skills l Design Career Pathway l Human Services Pathway

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Get Involved

Chapter Project Middle Level Southern Regional Middle School – FCCLA Manahawkin, NJ Background:

Southern Regional Middle School FCCLA was invited to one of our local senior citizen residences, Stafford by the Bay, in 2013 to host a holiday party for the residents. The invitation came through our part-time security officer, who traditionally played Santa for their party. After that first party, our chapter fell in love with the residents, and we have made it a point to visit at least two times a year to get to know the residents, who range from age 65 to 102. Our security officer recently passed away from cancer, so we go in memory and honor of Officer Matt Caulfield.


Ocean County, NJ, has a large population of senior citizens who qualify for Section 8 housing. Stafford by the Bay is the closest senior residence to our school. Research shows that senior citizens have a high percentage of depression issues due to limited family connections.

Develop a holiday party plan that would be appealing to the senior citizens while keeping to a budget of $200. The party would need to include activities, crafts, games, music, and food.

Who: FCCLA members will develop and implement a plan for a holiday party for the senior citizen residents of Stafford by the Bay senior housing unit. FCCLA members will join a committee to implement the different elements of the party.




Prepare and serve light snacks, create a party program to include a schedule for games, develop a simple craft with a holiday theme, and create a sing-a-long songbook and holiday theme playlist.


December 19, 2017, 2:45-4:45 PM was the date of the party. Teams met after school December 11-15 and 18, 2017, to complete each task.

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Get Involved Where:

The party was held in the community room of Stafford by the Bay. All planning and food preparation occurred in the FCS classroom at Southern Regional Middle School.


Each committee (food, crafts, games, music, and gifts) decided on their particular element of the party. The apartment complex was already decorated, so no decorations were needed. The members worked together as teams to prepare food and craft packages. Team members were responsible for getting a shopping list to the adviser for all needed materials by December 8, 2017. The day of the party, each member had a specific responsibility, based upon their committee. All members had a conversation starter so they could get to know the senior citizens. Members helped seniors with the games and crafts and served the food.


Ingredients, prizes, craft supplies, Christmas gifts, and wrapping. Budget is set at $200.


Our FCCLA adviser and the internet were main resources. Craft supplies were purchased through AC Moore, and gifts and prizes through the Dollar Tree. The budget of $200 was raised through chapter fundraising.

Evaluation: We received feedback from the party attendees and their activity director.


We implemented our plan.


After the party was over, we met in the FCS classroom to review what went well, and what we could do to improve. The residents of the community all invited us back. In fact, they want us to come every month. The great thing is the residents had a wonderful time and we realize that there is a great generation just a mile down the road.

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Just For Fun

Then and Now

Even though Design and Human Services careers may have been known by other names in the past, these pathways have been part of Family and Consumer Sciences education programs since they began.

Did you know that home economics (the former term for Family and Consumer Sciences education) was created as a field of study to establish widespread norms for health, nutrition, and sanitation as a response to the poor living conditions of the day? “The quality of life depends on the ability of society to teach its members how to live in harmony with their environment—defined first as family, then the community, and then the world and its resources.” This quote is attributed to Ellen Swallow Richards, one of the founders of the home economics movement. Today, students have more opportunities than ever to improve the lives of families and communities through Human Services careers. Careers in Design fields can provide opportunities for families and communities to best use natural resources and technology to improve our physical environments. If you choose a career in one of these pathways, you’re continuing to promote the mission of Family and Consumer Sciences into the future! Source: https://innovators.vassar.edu/innovator.html?id=43

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Looking for a great opportunity to win cash for your chapter as well as make a difference in the health of others? Why not participate in CTFK’s Taking Down Tobacco 101 and become a trainer? Once you do this, there are many ways through CTFK to earn prizes, advocate for change, build your personal resume, and earn cash for your FCCLA chapter.

What Can I Do NOW? • •

Work with your state adviser to host a Taking Down Tobacco 101 training at your state conference. These sessions have to be led by trained youth. Participate in Kick Butts Day, a national day of action, on March 21, 2018. You can become a trainer and train your chapter or other classes at your school using the Taking Down Tobacco presentation as your Kick Butts Day event. • Make sure to complete the online post-training survey because the first 25 chapters to report they completed the training as a Kick Butts Day event receive $100.

What Can I Plan for Next School Year? • •

Starting August 6th through December 15th, the first 100 chapters or advisers to host trainings and report their trainings online receive $100. Any chapters that train a minimum of 75 FCCLA or non-FCCLA youth, either through classroom lessons or peer training, will be entered into a random drawing for a $1,000 cash prize. • Three (3) total random drawing prizes of $1,000 will be awarded.

For more details, check out www.fcclainc.org/programs.

CTFK’s mission aligns with our Student Body national program, so use these activities for your chapter’s Student Body projects as well as for your Advocacy STAR Event!

FCCLA Partner Launches Health Mentoring Project for Students LifeSmarts (LifeSmarts.org), the teen consumer competition and scholarship opportunity run by the National Consumers League, has a long-standing partnership with FCCLA. This year, high school participants have an exciting community service opportunity: the LifeSmarts Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicine Safety Mentoring Project, which offers high school participants the chance to demonstrate leadership by teaching 5th and 6th graders about medicine safety. Students who become mentors will receive recognition and are eligible to win exclusive prizes and scholarships.

The OTC Medicine Safety Mentoring Project is designed with high school students in mind, and based on educational materials produced by Scholastic and the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Students have access to ready-to-use content for teaching younger kids in classroom, club, and community settings. The project promotes safe medicine storage, safe use of OTC medicine, and understanding the Drug Facts label. The LifeSmarts OTC Medicine Safety Mentoring Project was underwritten by a grant from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Students and Chapters that become OTC Medicine Safety Mentors are eligible for: - one of five $1,000 post-secondary scholarships - one of 25 $500 Chapter Awards - one of 200 $25 Educator awards

This program fits well with many existing FCCLA projects: Community Service Projects; Student Body; STAR Events (Focus on Children, Chapter Service Project, Teach and Train, National Programs in Action); and the Families First program.


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