What is FCCLA? Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in public and private school through grade 12. FCCLA is an intracurricular career and technical student organization that aligns with the following Tennessee CTE Career Clusters: Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications, Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, and Human Services.
FCCLA is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.
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. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environmental concerns, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career exploration. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life (planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication) necessary in the home and workplace.
Why FCCLA? FCCLA helps students:
develop career skills and learn to balance career and family responsibilities.
strengthen home and family life.
prepare for community living as responsible citizens.
experience the connection between career and technical and academic skills.
practice and apply creative and critical thinking.
understand themselves and their relationships with others.
develop a personal leadership style.
identify concerns, make decisions, and carry out activities.
experience the satisfaction of helping others.
observe Family and Consumer Sciences related careers.
gain recognition for accomplishments.
build supportive relationships with teachers in a less formal atmosphere.
achieve established performance standards and competencies.
Program Emphasis FCCLA is the only in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. FCCLA is a career and technical student organization that functions as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education curriculum and operates within the school system, and it provides opportunities for active student participation at local, state, and national levels.
Membership FCCLA has a national membership of 200,000 young men and women in nearly 5,500 chapters. There are 50 state associations including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1945, FCCLA has involved more than nine million youth. Former members are eligible to become members of Alumni & Associates.
Governance Ten national officers (students) are elected by voting delegates at the annual National Leadership Conference and together make up the National Executive Council. The National Board of Directors is composed of adult representatives from education and business and four youth representatives. State associations and local chapters elect their own youth officers. State programs come under the direction of Family and Consumer Sciences education staff. Chapter advisers are Family and Consumer Sciences teachers.
Financial and Cooperative Support FCCLA is supported primarily by student membership dues. Additional funds are raised from individuals, corporations, and foundations. FCCLA is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education (Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education) and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).
National Staff An executive director leads the organization and heads a national staff that gives direction to and carries out programs, communications, membership services, and financial management.
National Publications Teen Times, the official magazine of FCCLA, is published quarterly during the school year and distributed to affiliated members. The national staff also publishes a variety of other resource materials for members and adult leaders. FCCLA Information Sheet