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

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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.

NATIONAL WINNER IS FROM MINNESOTA!

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NATIONAL WINNER IS FROM MINNESOTA!

LITCHFIELD FCCLA WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR AMERICAN CLEANING INSTITUTE TOP PRIZE

  • PROJECT TO IMPROVE HANDWASHING
  • REDUCE ABSENTEEISM AT SCHOOL DUE TO SICKNESSES
  •  HELP THE COMMUNITY STAY HEALTHY

Announcing: The results of the 2017 Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP National Awards Program with you. Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP is a hands-on initiative from the American Cleaning Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, designed to help keep students in school and learning by promoting clean hands. Since 2003, schools have received recognition for their handwashing projects.

Top Recipient Award:
Congratulations go to Litchfield HS FCCLA from Litchfield, Minnesota who earned the national award for their Healthy Holidays campaign. During Halloween, the team created a Germ City and taught correct handwashing procedures using SSSRD as our mnemonic (Soap, Scrub, Sing, Rinse, and Dry). The team conducted a bread experiment for second graders for Thanksgiving and videos for Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

Congratulations!

“Pie in the Face” to Raise Funds at State Conference

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MN FCCLA is a State Lead Agency 2017 for Global Youth Service Day. April 21-23, 2017.

We will be celebrating youth service at state conference.

 MIRACLE MINUTE CAMPAIGN FOR APRIL.

The signature celebration events will occur in local chapter’s communities with a MIRACLE MINUTE campaign to benefit food shelves in your area.

What is a Miracle Minute for Service?

During April 21-23, 2017, MN FCCLA is asking all Chapters to conduct a Miracle Minute or a Miracle day at their school in sponsoring a Lead2Feed effort for helping the local food shelves in their area.

  • What could you do?
  • Collect coins and donate all to your local food shelf.
  • Write announcements about Miracle Minute and the facts about food insecurity and hunger in your area
  • Develop a class challenge for prizes on which classroom or grade donates the most. Give prizes.
  • Find a “celebrity “ in your area to help you market the effort.
  • Challenge a neighboring FCCLA chapter to outdo your effort.
  • Collect cans of food and make a visual display in your school.

“Pie in the Face” to raise funds for these two causes will occur at state conference.

A benefit for Kelley Leibold and Olivia Wicklund family will occur as we help two former state officers who are challenged with health situations. As we pass around the buckets at general sessions, the donations will go to these two officers who have set up Go Fund Me accounts for their situations .We will divide the donations equally to these two former state officers.

About Kelly: November 29th, 2016 we found out that Kelly has a 5 centimeter tumor in her bottom right side of her brain. It has been causing her extreme dizziness, slight loss of control on her right side, headache, and nausea. Kelly has been unable to work for the last few weeks and needs to be able to pay basic home amenities along with her medical bill. Any amount, big or small, will be greatly appreciated!  Support Kelly Leibold as she finishes proton-beam radiation this February and starts chemotherapy in March. Proceeds raised go toward Kelly’s medical and living expenses.


About Olivia:
 My mom, Beth Wicklund, has been diagnosed with severe, early-onset subcortical dementia. My family has watched Beth’s father, my grandfather, pass away from severe dementia. We know this illness. We know our lives are now forever changed. We know the struggle ahead. That is why, on behalf of my mom and dad I am asking for help. My mom is only fifty-two years old. This diagnosis been an ongoing process and a daily struggle. After insurance, her medical bills are totaling $15-20,000. After losing my mom’s income, the rest of the family struggles to make house payments, car payments, copays on prescriptions, lunch account for my fifteen-year-old brother, hotel to stay down at Mayo Clinic for further testing, etc. Payments are long passed due and my dad could really use some relief as soon as possible (although he is too stubborn and grateful for the people that have already helped us immensely to admit we need help). I know there are many good causes to give too. I’m sure there are families that are scared and hurting even more than we are, but I am creating this fund because I am finally willing to admit that I am scared and I am hurting for my parents and what the future may bring. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my family’s story. If you are unable to donate, your prayers mean everything to us as well.

Celebration of Service Projects- At State FCCLA Conference. Parade of Service Projects at the Thursday General Session.

Signature Event– A Miracle Minute campaign in April in your FCCLA communities to benefit food shelves.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America ( FCCLA)  will to use service –learning to address many teen issues. We will develop youth-organized workshops, conferences and projects in 5 Areas.

Youth will lead peer education efforts to influence their peers to inspire other teens for healthy family meals, community issues and local, state or global problems.

We will partner with other programs to bring information and inspiration to their peers in workshops and assemblies and develop service-learning programs around these issues for children, near-peers or their peers.

“Demonstrate what they know” in MN FCCLA STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) presentations before an evaluation team.

 

VIDEOS TELL THE FCCLA STORY

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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.

 

SHADOW DAY 2017

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A record number members applied to be a part of Shadow Day at the state capitol. Members were matched with legislators to learn about the “day in the life” of a person in a public policy career.

On Feb 1, members meet legislators and observe state government in action with committee hearings, talking with policy makers and observing the work of careers in state government. The refurbished state capitol makes the day an exciting one.

Over 35 student applied for this experience.

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They shadow a legislator for a portion of the day. The students also meet with Career and Technical staff at the Department of Education prior to going to the state capitol. MN FCCLA encourages students to learn about careers through this event. The opportunity to speak about their projects and advocate for their opportunities in a career and technical education student organization are valuable life-long skills.

Minnesota FCCLA is a dynamic and effective student organization that helps young men and young women to become leaders and address important personal, family work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. SAM_5095