FCCLA can help with #adulting skills!



a new urban dictionary term is what FACS education and FCCLA is all about. The top definition of “adulting” on Urban Dictionary is: Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.

“We often use #adulting when doing the things that make us realize being an “adult” isn’t fun and we want to go back to the way things were when mommy and daddy took such good care of us– when they paid the bills, bought us food and called to make our doctor’s appointments.”

In the past year, the term “adulting” has increased in usage by 700 percent on Twitter.

These #adulting skills are addressed! Check out FACS Ed classes at high school or FCCLA programs. FCCLA has the programs and resources/ opportunities for youth to learn about topics for #adulting ….

  • Insurance, mortgages, payments= Financial Fitness

  • Healthy eating, eating out vs home cooking, fitness= Student Body

  • Friends, family, interpersonal communications, balancing work and family=Families First

  • Job interviews, resumes, =Career Connections

This video highlights the need for #adulting skills. https://www.facebook.com/attn/videos/1079636055405186/

Source: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/what-is-adulting

Article posted by Mary Palin, July 2016





Wow!- was it ever exciting to see Minnesota FCCLA members on the National Conference stage getting an award and a check for their chapter!

In July 2015 we saw Litchfield Middle accept an award for National FCCLA Chapter Award for Families First Award with a project called “A Little Can Do a Lot”.





We also saw Goodhue Jr/ Sr win a Sr High Runner Up National Award for a Stop the Violence Project called “Kindness Campaign”.





FCCLA offers a multitude of opportunities for members. One of these is taking part in a national program and applying for an award. There are many different national programs that have awards that you may apply for. In fact 8 national programs have awards linked with them.

The process of applying for a national program award starts with your chapter completing a project that would fall within a specific national program. This project must be completed between March 1st and the following March 1st. Makcareercone sure that your project is unique so it will stand out from the others. Many chapters apply for these awards so you want to be sure that yours will get noticed.

The national programs that have an award are: Career Connections, FACTS, Families First, Financial Fitness,Leadership Service in Action, Power of One, STOP the Violence, and Student Body. Each progrLeadership_Service_in_Action (1)
am has its own requirements. The requirements may be found on the national website, www.fcclainc.org, under the national programs tab.

Once you have completed your project and you have decided to apply for a national program award, your next step factswill be to go onto the national website and click on the link that says Programs and then click on the next tab that says Awards. You will select the option that says Program award Applications. On this page, you will find a step-by-step list of how to apply for the national program award. It is very easy to follow and it also has a section of frequently asked questions to help you out along the way.

As stated earlier your project must be started and completed between March 1st and March 1st of the following year. The deadline to submit your chapter’s application to national headquarters is March 1st at 5:00 PM eastern time. The earlier you get your application in the better!

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Taking part istopn a national program is a great way to keep your chapter involved and also it could possibly get your chapter recognized on stage at national conference in July and also receive some money. It is a great opportunity and I hope that each and every one of you make it a goal to apply for at least one national program award this year!


Written by Courtney Heppler- State President

Beat the Winter Blahs!! FCCLA Things To Do in the Cold Weather


Beat the Winter Blahs!!

Seasonal Affective Disorder can set in.

So take action with some new FCCLA family friendly ideas!

Cold weather fashion

Learn how to knit mittens. Trending- fingerless mittens and gloves.

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 Do a service project for a shelter or food shelf.

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Learn how to make a “comfort food” and make a family meal for the FCCLA@theTable campaign.


Read a book about leadership or an inspiring story about a leader.


Watch a movie and analyze it at your next Chapter meeting for exemplary leadership traits.



Start on your STAR Event portfolio or display.

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Decide to run for an office regional office and start working on your application.




Take a favorite family recipe and change it to be more healthy. Then enter the Recipe Rehab STAR Event.

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  • Take out your phone or camera and go outside to take awesome winter photos of landscapes and winter scenes.

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Dress up your family pet and take them outside for a brisk walk.

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According to the Mayo clinic: “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with Scold-weather snowmanAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications.
Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the “winter blues” or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.”
So treat your SAD with FCCLA!



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If ever there is a time to embrace some good ol’ family traditions, it is definitely during the holiday season. There are many holiday traditions embraced by my family that bring a sense of comfort and community as we celebrate the holidays. Several of them are worthy of being shared, and are probably common in your Christmas celebrations.

One of the most prominent holiday trends during the past few seasons has been the Elf on the Shelf. Our family was a little late coming on board with this one, but has now incorporated it into our traditions. During the Christmas season, our little elf gets into all kinds of mischief and keeps an eye on things for Santa. It is tremendous fun, and I can’t believe our little elf didn’t come to our shelf sooner! We have happily embraced our elf as one of our new Christmas traditions.Elf on shelf

Another wonderful Christmas tradition in our family is all the baking and candy-making. It begins the day after Thanksgiving. This decadent family tradition includes a half dozen different kinds of fudge, bourbon balls, truffles, cookies, pies, and any other kind of treat you can bring to mind!


Our family traditions speak volumes about the importance of family, and may never be more evident than during the holiday season. It will be interesting to see what new traditions begin as our family grows and the years go on. Some tried and true traditions will be passed along, I’m sure, along with a few of the latest holiday trends sprinkled in.

How does your family celebrate the holidays and what are the traditions that you embrace? I’ll bet we all have a few holiday traditions in common and I would imagine every family has some special traditions of their own that are unique! That’s the beauty of celebrating the holidays with family.familY QUOTES

Have you ever thought of incorporating holiday traditions into your chapter and your school? The holiday season can be a great time to bring attention to some share-worthy causes. In my chapter we have made it a tradition to hold a “Santa’s Closet” rally. Every year we encourage our student body to donate cash. In order to encourage generous donations wchristmas_snow_trees-t1e make it a competition between classrooms and offer prizes to the classrooms raising the most money. After the donations are collected our chapter uses the money to buy Christmas gifts for children that otherwise, may not have had a very bright Christmas. This is one of my favorite chapter projects, and I am incredibly proud that it has become a tradition in our chapter.

FCCLA Purpose #2: To strengthen the function of the family as a basic unit of society.

Chania Ruehling

Vice-President of Resource and Development



Julia Roberts- What she said about a career she would like to do.


Julia Roberts- What career would she like to do? Why did Julia Roberts say she would like to be a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher?  

Download article about Julia here: Julia_FACsteacherJulia-Roberts-9460157-1-402

What do family and consumer sciences teachers do?  They make a difference teaching life lessons and interesting topics. They teach content that solves practical perennial problems. FACS teachers teach about obesity prevention, balancing work and family-workforce development,  personal financial literacy, parenting education and meeting human needs. FACS content is about relevance and uses critical thinking skills.

Roberts is passionate about improving the quality of life for others. Her work for UNICEF and other charities reveals her dedication to meaningful education. And that’s what Family and Consumer Science (FACS) is all about. It’s the one secondary school subject that is focused on gaining essential knowledge and skills in the fields of nutrition, child development, home finances, and other areas that directly affect an individual’s and a family’s quality of life.
Roberts understands the importance of family. She’s a dedicated mother of three and focuses much of her charitable work on improving the lives of families. Families are the cornerstone of every society, yet only FACS classrooms directly deal with the issues crucial to developing and maintaining healthy families. Can you imagine a thriving household in which no one knew about nutrition, caring for young children, or managing money? Can you think of an academic area besides FACS where these things are directly taught?Oscar trophy
Roberts strives for excellence. She didn’t win an Academy Award or become one of America’s highest-paid actresses by sitting on the sidelines. The best teachers challenge themselves and their students to achieve excellence, and FACS teachers are no exception. A FACS teacher sets the bar high and teaches towards students’ biggest test: life. FACS students learn about the latest research in child psychology, MyPlate nutrition, Farm to Fork food preparation, career education, problem solving, and critical thinking skills and other life lessons.

Why Family and Consumer Sciences Education?

Numerous articles, editorials and radio discussions have been asking “Where is Home Economics?” individuals leading the discussion have ranged from medical doctors, cardiologists, entrepreneurs, dietitians, and financial planners. The motivation for such a request comes from the evidence that our society is faced with many perennial issues that negatively impact individuals, families and communities. Each issue (obesity, financial literacy, career preparation, work-life balance, to name a few) can be addressed through family and sciences education curriculum and courses. Family and Consumer sciences education is vital through family and consumer sciences education curriculum and courses. Family and consumer sciences education is vital to the improvement of the quality of life. Family and consumer sciences curriculum brings to life academic disciples such as sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and connects students to real world applications of such content.

Hospitality, tourism and travel industries are growing in many states across the national resulting in an increased demand for managers of hotels, restaurant and spas. Food manufacturing companies seek FACS graduates to work in product development, consumer affairs, public policy, strategic planning, marketing and research. Counselors are needed to work with individuals faced with alcohol/ drug abuse and in family crisis careers. The beginning of coursework includes learning about family, child development and that is FACS courses.

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 You do not get 100% of awards you do not apply for!  
Just do it! Go for it!
These are marketing slogans of companies who encourage you to take a chance and make something happen! Funny how it works… You apply- you might win You do not apply and you FOR SURE will not win.
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Has your chapter done an awesome project or want a chance to be recognized in front of thousands of people?Your chapter should fill out the National Award applications found on the National FCCLA website. By filling out the national programs award applications, your chapter inspires others all across the United States to get involved.
How cool is that! Just think, if your chapter does a quality job at filling the application, you may have a chance to win money for your school. Rick and Lori at Nov ExecChapters enjoy looking at others to get ideas on how they can get their students excited about FCCLA. There are many National Programs you can apply for. They are: 
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Participating in National Awards opens many doors for your chapter. Hurry! The National Programs applications are due March 1, 2014. Talk to your advisor and log on to the National FCCLA Website and submit your applications  Good Luck!!!
See TIps for Writng a Good Application

Written by State Officer- Rick Osborne