MN FCCLA is a 2018 Lead State Agency for Global Youth Service Day!

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We know the impact of youth service is huge!

For over 18 years, MN FCCLA has lead service-learning efforts for Global Youth Service Day in April. This is a competitive grant from Youth Service America to become a Lead State Agency.

We encourage chapters to start planning service efforts to benefit their communities, schools and the world. Starting with Martin Luther King Day in January and ending with GYSDAY April 19-21 during the State Conference we will be recognizing the efforts of Chapters and members to develop and carry out service learning efforts.

Minnesota FCCLA is currently challenging chapters to make an impact in their local communities!

This year during the Minnesota FCCLA State Conference, students from chapters that have completed a Service Project STAR Event will receive on stage recognition. All students are asked to bring in a display board of pictures, data, and research of the project that they’ve worked very hard on this year. This is an excellent way to show the other chapters what you’ve done this year. It’s also a good opportunity to get ideas from other chapters to see what STAR Event projects you might want to part-take in the upcoming years. Show off your service projects to the whole Minnesota State Leadership Conference this year with our service parade.

 

Respectfully,

Massen Kunerth

Minnesota FCCLA

State VP of Service

Spice Up Your Year and Choose a Chapter Theme!

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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

Prepare for Future Careers That May Not Even Exist

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We are in the twenty-first century and think we have discovered everything, but we may not have. There may be jobs out there that may not even exist yet.

FCCLA can help you prepare for those careers.

 

In your career you will need to know how to talk to people, how to present your ideas, and how to work with people. FCCLA can teach you all of those things and here is how.

Talking to people is feared more than death, but as FCCLAers we have the amazing opportunity to talk in front of people through STAR Events, running for an officer position, or even through going to a conference and meeting new people.

 

 

 

Presenting your ideas is hard, but STAR Events help us practice different ways of this exact thing. We learn how to use powerpoints, display boards, and portfolios. Any business or employer goes crazy over someone who knows how to present an idea without fear.

Working with people who you do not particularly know is next to impossible, however; FCCLA can help with that. FCCLA officers have multiple ways of getting you to work with others you do not know.

 

 

 

 

 

You can get any credentials through college, but these skills are hard to learn alone, FCCLA is here to help you prepare for those future careers. Some 21st Century Skills are; Creativity, Leadership, Critical Thinking, Management, Goal Setting, Problem Solving, Decision Making and Cooperative Learning.

Bethany Janssen, Vice President of Partnerships

 

Make a difference with the FACTS National Program!

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Did you know?

16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.

56% of teens said they talk on the phone while driving.

Motor-vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States.

Compared with urban residents, rural residents are at an increased risk for death from crashes and are less likely to wear seat belts.

 

FACTS is a national FCCLA peer education program through which students strive to save lives through personal, vehicle, and road safety. Teens work to educate adults and youth about traffic safety and support enforcement of local rules and regulations regarding community traffic safety. Youth leaders can help families promote basic safety attitudes that can last a lifetime. FACTS gives teens the knowledge and incentives they need to build an understanding of what it means to drive safely, both today and in the future. Through this program, young people plan and carry out projects that help them and their peers make informed, responsible decisions about traffic safety.

FACTS projects relate to three topic areas: people, vehicles, and roads – to understand and promote your role as a driver or passenger on the road as well as the hazards you may encounter and how to avoid or react to them with vehicle safety. FCCLA also offers national recognition to chapters that complete FCCLA FACTS projects; this honor includes cash awards and special recognition at the National Leadership Conference, online, and in Teen Times magazine.

Through working closely with FACTS, or Families, Acting, for Community, Traffic, Safety I have developed both basic and in-depth knowledge about not only traffic safety but life lessons on teamwork, critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and career preparation.

Best of luck on your FACTS Projects everyone!!

Respectfully,

Massen Kunerth

Minnesota FCCLA VP of Service

10 Ways FCCLA Helps Prepare you for a Bright Future!

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To Leadership and Beyond- Heading for a bright future!

  1. You’ll learn more about yourself.

Joining FCCLA presents many opportunities to learn more about yourself, your goals, and your strengths. You can find out what you’re good at, whether that’s multitasking, staying organized, public speaking, teaching, generating ideas, or serving others. This self-awareness will definitely be beneficial in your future career.

  1. You’ll develop “people skills”.

“People skills” — they’re the skills that allow us to effectively interact with others, like communication, attitude, and work ethic. Participating in FCCLA not only teaches you these skills, but also helps you broaden and improve those you already have. You’ll learn the best way to communicate with both individuals and large groups, and you’ll gain emotional intelligence as you develop new relationships.

  1. You’ll learn how to work with a team.

Knowing how to work well with a team is an essential skill for any career. Being in FCCLA teaches you how to do this by putting you in situations where you are required to listen to the opinions of others, work out differences, and make decisions together.

  1. You’ll gain practical experience in a safe environment.

Participating in FCCLA will give you practical experience that’s helpful within any field. And what’s great about being a member is that while you learn to use skills like project management, event planning, fundraising, and critical thinking, you get to test them out in a safe environment where making mistakes is OK. Everyone is there to support you, so there’s no fear in messing up or being wrong.

  1. You’ll be able to use the skills you’ve learned

Being part of FCCLA allows you to put all of those things you’ve been learning to the test in real-life situations. You’ll get to learn what works and what doesn’t, and you’ll be able to take that knowledge back to your chapter, your region, the classroom, and then, of course, along with you in a future career.

  1. You’ll learn how to engage with diverse groups of people.

FCCLA has members from all over the state and nation! Some people might have a similar story to yours, while others will have very different life experiences and ideas. You’ll be faced with the same situation in the working world. Learning how to listen and understand varying perspectives will help you develop your skills in leading others and implementing ideas.  

  1. You’ll gain leadership skills.

Becoming a leader within FCCLA will help you develop leadership skills that will be invaluable in all areas of life. You’ll be presented with opportunities to improve in public speaking, sharing your ideas with others, leading programs and events, all while gaining confidence in your abilities.

  1. You’ll expand your resume.

There’s no arguing that FCCLA will look good on a college application and résumé. Showing colleges and employers that you participated in, or (better yet) lead, a student organization, they’ll know that you’re hard working and can handle multiple responsibilities.

  1. You’ll be able to give back to the community.

FCCLA provides opportunities to give back to the community, whether through acts of service, implementing programs, sponsoring events, or hosting charity drives. Not only is this great for your community, but we hope it will have a lasting impact that encourages you to continue to invest no matter where you are!

  1. You’ll have fun!

Another simple reason to join FCCLA is to have fun! Meeting new people, making new friends, and participating in activities will help you make the most of this season in your life!

Finding a Balance with School, FCCLA and Busy Lives.

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How do students achieve a balance in their busy lives? 

By identifying time-saving tips and techniques and by implementing these strategies, students can succeed academically, and remain in FCCLA and other activities:

  • Get organized and manage your time. Utilize a calendar for school and extra-curricular activities. Write down all due dates for schoolwork, projects, and papers. Write down all extra-curricular events and practices. Every week revisit your calendar and make corrections. If you are more comfortable entering these items in to an electronic device such as a smart phone, use that to your advantage and set reminders for your events and homework due dates.
  • Use your weekends wisely. Use your weekends as preparation time for the week ahead. Start homework for the upcoming week. Read chapters and take notes ahead of time. Use this time to plan and prepare for projects and papers that are due, including FCCLA.
  • Use your travel time to and from school, practices, activities and games wisely. Take this time to review notes, read chapters, study, or read books. Even 15 minutes during bus rides can help tremendously to stay ahead.
  • Do not procrastinate. Do assignments as soon as they are given, rather than waiting until the last minute. Assuredly, poor planning and dragging your feet will result in unsatisfactory outcomes on FCCLA projects and homework.
  • Do not get behind. It is easier to stay ahead of schoolwork rather than to play catch up with grades, missed assignments, or missed projects.
  • Take advantage of school resources, such as tutors. Schools want their students to succeed and offer programs to help. If your school or community offers these opportunities, take them.
  • Prioritize. Make a list of things you need to get accomplished, and put them in the order of most important to least important. Work on the items one at a time.  That way the items that are of utmost importance get accomplished first, and the least important items last.

Demands on our time never end. Our obligations and interests continue to compete for our attention and our time, even beyond high school. By introducing and implementing time-saving tips and techniques early in a student’s career, students can set themselves up for a successful future.

 

– Kennedy Truscinski, Vice President of Resource and Development

Check out the latest MN FCCLA news!

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DOWNLOAD THE HORIZON NEWSLETTER- Fall 2017

2017 Horizon Fall issue4pdf

 

TO LEADERSHIP AND BEYOND!

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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!

Top in the nation

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Minnesota FCCLA members: 35 Gold, 50 Silver and 20 Bronze medals in National FCCLA competitions in Nashville, Tennessee.

The following 21 students placed in the top 10 in the nation in their event categories. Two were the best in the nation!

Over 7600 attended the National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee July 2-7.

Placing top  in the nation were:

#1 Career Investigation- Spring Lake Park HS

#1 Entrepreneurship- Minnesota HS

 Placing the top 5 in the nation were:

# 3 Environmental Ambassador Jr-Wheaton HS

#4 Chapter in Review Sr- Kasson-Mantorville HS

#4 Digital Stories for Change-Pine Island Sr

#4 Focus on Children Senior-Cambridge-Isanti HS

#4 Life Event Planning Sr- Wheaton

#4 Natl Programs in Action Jr-Wheaton

#5 Job Interview Sr- Lanesboro

Placing in the top 10 were:

#6 Sports Nutrition Jr-Kasson- Mantorville

#7 Chapter in Review Display-Jr- Wheaton

#8 Chapter in Review Portfolio-Jr- Herman Norcross

#8 Leadership Sr- Goodhue

#8 Promote and Publicize Sr- Pine Island Sr

#9 Teach and Train Jr-Osakis

Congratulations to these students and chapters on their accomplishments!

STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are assessments that recognize members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and career preparation. Competitive events provide opportunities to showcase college and career-ready knowledge, skills and abilities; promote FCCLA chapter as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education program and connect members with peers and the community.

Amazing State Conference with excellence everywhere!

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THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE DARE TO EXPLORE! STATE CONFERENCE

Great STAR Events, showing that MN FACS students are learning and showing their skills and knowledge in creative ways.

Amazing Service projects that inspire us to do more for our communities and people in need.

Great state and National level successes with awesome projects to earn recognition and resources to continue your good work.

Thank you parents, chaperones and alumni who gave of your time.

Continue your good work in your communities and in your spheres of influence.

You Dared to Explore! You are amazing.