Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)is a dynamic and effective national 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.
There is a recognized need for school districts to provide positive youth experiences to all students. These experiences may include, but are not limited to, clubs, sports, mentoring, and service learning activities. School and community organizations frequently focus on positive youth development.
In addition to strong academic achievement, Career and Technical Student organization (CTSO) involvement is essential when developing successful secondary education programs. Positive youth development encompasses the following elements:
- Promoting positive relationships with peers and adults;
- Emphasizing individual strengths;
- Strengthening personal character and confidence;
- Empowering youths to assume leadership roles in families, schools, careers and community; and
- Developing and implementing service learning projects.
Development of leadership skills is an integral part of Career and Technical Education in New York State. All students should be provided the opportunity to participate in the educational activist of the student organization(s) to their interests and chosen instructional program. There are a variety of student organizations which operate through the Career and Technical Education programs.
Students who elect to become active members of one of the student leadership organizations chartered by the New York State education Department have the advantage of a practical forum to demonstrate leadership skills in an action-oriented format and have the potential for recognition of their achievement at the local, state, and national levels.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is an integral part of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) education and an essential element in a complete FACS program. FCCLA is the only student organization of its kind focusing on family issues. The wide range of diverse activities, projects, programs, leadership opportunities and service learning experienced through FCCLA complement and augment the content topics of the FACS curricula.