Spice Up Your Year and Choose a Chapter Theme!


Engage your chapter in coming up with a chapter theme for your year- something that happens at each meeting, or something that you celebrate each month……

As most of you know, every year the Executive Council comes up with a new year-long theme for Minnesota FCCLA. This year, we are encouraging chapters to think of their own individual year-long themes or individual themes for each meeting. You may be wondering where to start or what you can do for a theme. The great part about this is that your chapter can choose almost anything they want for a theme or themes for meetings as long as they are FCCLA appropriate.

There are so many different options for theme ideas, and the fun part is working together as a chapter to make it creative and fun.


You could base it off of music genres, movies, TV shows, sports, holidays, and much more. As I stated before, this can be one theme for the whole year or a new theme for each meeting. The important part is to incorporate this theme or themes into your chapter’s meetings through decorations, activities, and whatever else your chapter can come up with.

Chapter themes are a great way to spruce up your meetings and attract more new members. Don’t be afraid to take plenty of awesome selfies that show your themes and post them to social media with #MNFCCLA! We love to see your great photos! We hope you have fun creating your themes and have a great rest of your school year!

By Johannah Nielsen, MN FCCLA Vice President of Marketing



Get ready for a dynamic FCCLA year!

Start out the school year with a chapter or individual plan to utilize all that FCCLA can offer you for expanding your positive influence on your school, your career exploration and your skills! Here are some ideas to check out:

  • Learn more about doing an anti-bullying campaign among your peers with the STOP the Violence national program.

  • Develop a chapter plan for doing service projects that help your community with Leadership Service in Action!

  • Check out possible events to attend such as Area Fall Conferences, Local Leadership Training and State Conference, Capitol Leadership National FCCLA event or National Conference in Atlanta Ga.

  • Develop a personal goal and form a personal action plan for Power of One in “A Better You’, “Family Ties”, “Working on Working”, “Take the Lead” and “Speak Out for FCCLA”.

  • Do a project to help your peers be more resilient for things that cause them to lack confidence or good mental health.

  • Apply to go to Japan with the Japanese Exchange in the summer of 2018.



  • Do a Families First project and help strengthen your family relationships.

Check out lots of resources on the Minnesota website or the National Website

www.fccla.org or www.fcclainc.org

The MN FCCLA state officers challenge you to use FCCLA with the state theme of To Leadership and Beyond!

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





FCCLA members work together to create awesome video messages about their FCCLA experiences.

Here are some outstanding videos from the Area Leadership Video contests!

FCCLA is for Everyone! From Central East and the Litchfield Chapter

Why do you like FCCLA? From Southwest Area and RTR Junior

Congratulations on these chapter’s video projects.


It’s Fall-Remember to Affiliate Your Chapters by Nov 1


November 1 is coming! The dues deadline is November 1. Log on to the affiliation site and update your chapter information and enter names of members. After Nov 1, your services will not be as robust- so do your first affiliations by Nov 1 for full benefits.p1030374


  • The spelling of Names is very important.
  • Grades are very important as it will link into STAR Event information later.
  • You can always add more names, but try to get your initial affiliation done by Nov 1.
  • Dues are $20 per member. Send the money to National FCCLA for all dues. They reimburse the state dues to us.


Lump sum membership is possible for Middle level and Urban membership of a large urban school district (such as Anoka- Hennepin or Msp, St Paul).

Give the gift of Membership to your students!










You get awards Only if you APPLY!

Two Minnesota Chapters score big national financial awards!

 Minnesota FCCLA had 186 delegates attend the National Leadership Conference in San Diego, California. Two schools received awards at Nationals.


Wadena Deer Creek was the Student Body Program National Winner. Their project titled “WE Scare Hunger” was inspired by their local food-shelf. They wanted to help local families that needed help. The chapter got their message out by using social media about what they were going to do. They were going to go trick-or-treating for food items that theyIMG_8650 could give to their local food shelf. During that night the members received 640 pounds worth of food that they could give to their food shelf. For their follow up, the members gave a workshop to the people who donated about how their contributions helped their community.




IMG_8651Spring Lake Park was awarded two different awards. Their chapter was a runner up in the Career Connection category at Nationals. The chapter created a project called “Getting in Gears for Family Careers”. The members created a career/college fair which included jobs related to Family and Consumer Sciences. The career fair provided opportunities for the students to interact with workers in a specific job field. Spring Lake Park also was awarded $5,000 in charitable grants and $2,000 worth of technology products. This was awarded through Lead2Feed. Congratulations to these chapters for their amazing representation of Minnesota FCCLA!


Mya Christensen, Minnesota State President-Elect




2016 State Officer reflects on all that FCCLA has meant, especially the National Conference involvement.

by Courtney Dinsmore


“As I reflect on this recent National FCCLA Conference event, going to National Leadership Conference was all about developing one’s self into the leader and person I know I can be. As a teenager on an adventure, it began with the airplane ride, but as a member it began with the opening general session.

The convention center was flooded in red as over 8,500 people made their way to the second floor pavilion. Walking through the pavilion was nothing but a maze of states. State Officers were standing up on chairs, holding the state flags, leading their state’s (songs) “rousers”. Each state announced their presence with their songs. It was unforgettable, and maybe even better than last year in Washington D.C.
As a past state officer, I stood in front of 1,800 members. The national officers stood in front of over 8,500, flawlessly reciting scripts full of announcements and awards. That alone was mind blowing to me. Members as a whole recited our creed with the national officers. We are many individuals on many different journeys, but we united as one on this week. [Read more…]



Minnesota FCCLA is 70 years old this month.

The important work of family and consumer science education is played out in the student organization FCCLA.  Happy Birthday Minnesota FCCLA! Our charter was June 1946. Birthday banner 70th horizontal

For 70 years the organization has provided young people the support, experiences and opportunities to become exemplary leaders in their communities, families and careers. With foundations in youth development practices, advisers (Family and consumer sciences teachers) have used their professional expertise to guide thousands of young people toward meaningful careers and leadership positions. Why does FCCLA work? Our surveys show that 85% of all FCCLA members are more hopeful about their life in general. Over 75% of all STAR Event participants say they can better communicate with others. FCCLA is making an impact in the lives of our members.IMG_7857

Here are some of the reasons FCCLA works.


Asset theory- The more assets a young person has (both internal and external) positively affects how a students is able to do conflict resolutions, have a sense of purpose, and feel support from caring adults. FCCLA helps to provide many of the asset building activities in their lives. For more information on asset building, see www.search-institute.org.

Building social capital- No one does everything for themselves. Those who are successful are connected with others who support them. FCCLA helps introduce young people to resources, networks of supportive people (alumni, other advisers, their peers) who can give them advice, react to their projects and STAR Events, and help them belong.IMG_8132

Maslow’s Theory of self actualization- Abraham Maslow said that belonging is important. People are motivated to achieve certain needs.  Every person is capable and has the desire to move up the hierarchy toward a level of self-actualization. A need to belong is met with FCCLA chapter involvement. The growth of self-actualization refers to the need for personal growth and discovery that is present throughout a person’s life. For Maslow, a person is always ‘becoming’ and never remains static in these terms. In self-actualization a person comes to find a meaning to life that is important to them.IMG_8016

FCCLA can provide students with experiences that help them toward becoming self-actualizers. Working in teams, on competitive events, on projects in FCCLA can provide youth members with opportunities to experience many of these qualities.
  1. They perceive reality efficiently and can tolerate uncertainty;
  2. Accept themselves and others for what they are;
  3. Spontaneous in thought and action;
  4. Problem-centered (not self-centered);
  5. Unusual sense of humor;
  6. Able to look at life objectively;
  7. Highly creative;
  8. Resistant to enculturation, but not purposely unconventional;
  9. Concerned for the welfare of humanity;
  10. Capable of deep appreciation of basic life-experience;
  11. Establish deep satisfying interpersonal relationships with a few people;
  12. Peak experiences;
  13. Need for privacy;
  14. Democratic attitudes;
  15. Strong moral/ethical standards.

Some resources:


Maslow, A. H. (1943). A Theory of Human MotivationPsychological Review, 50(4), 370-96.

Maslow, A. H. (1954). Motivation and personality. New York: Harper and Row.

Maslow, A. H. (1962). Towards a psychology of being. Princeton: D. Van Nostrand Company.

Maslow, A. H. (1968). Toward a Psychology of Being. New York: D. Van Nostrand Company.

Maslow, A. H. (1970a). Motivation and personality. New York: Harper & Row.

Maslow, A. H. (1970b). Religions, values, and peak experiences. New York: Penguin. (Original work published 1964)


The important work of family and consumer science education is played out in the student organization FCCLA.  Happy Birthday Minnesota FCCLA!


FCCLA Days in MN!


Did you hear? Governor Dayton has declared April 14-16 FCCLA Days in Minnesota!

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