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


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.



Massen Kunerth

Minnesota FCCLA

State VP of Service



STAR Events are just around the corner!

Check out the dates for Midwinter STAR Events to show what you have learned or done with your chapter. There are over 50 STAR Event opportunities in Minnesota for jr high, senior high and occupational categories.

January 16 Central East Area at St Tim’s church in Blaine.

January 17 SouthWest Area at Tyler at the Danebod Folk School.

January 24 SouthEast Area at Pine Island High School.

January 24 Northern Area at Lancaster HS.

January 31 Central West Area at Wheaton HS.

STAR Events are an opportunity to develop your 21st Century Process Skills such as Creativity, Leadership, Critical Thinking, Management, Goal Setting, Problem Solving, Decision Making and Cooperative learning.

We look forward to the presentations that MN FCCLA members will be doing as an individual or as a team. STAR events are described on the Competitive Events page. MN FCCLA Advisers have been given the password.

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

Amazing State Conference with excellence everywhere!



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.

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


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.


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.




State Conference 2017- Opening Session on March 23.

We are seeking a National Anthem singer to apply for this honor and duty.



Submit your name and a video or tape to the State FCCLA office by February 10.

A selection will be made from nominations we receive.

Congratulations on STAR Event successes at Area Midwinter Conferences!


FCCLA members are improving their skills in planning, time management, working on teams, developing a presentation, research and creative thinking through the 50 STAR Event categories.


Students are doing their presentations, portfolios and displays now this month for AREA competitions and planning for involvement in State level events.

Midwinter events are conducted in January and qualifiers have received state advancer medals. There are 50 STAR Events.

Second opportunity is to do a SKILL Event-The list is long for the SKILL events you can do! These are available to any member at State Conference.img_0422

Skill Event-Culinary Food Art

This event will showcase the best of participant’s creative and artistic skills in utilizing an assortment of fruits and vegetables to design an interesting food item.

See National Skill Event rules.

Skill Event-Culinary Food Art

This event will showcase the best of participant’s creative and artistic skills in utilizing an assortment of fruits and vegetables to design an interesting food item.

See National Skill Event rules.

Skill Event-Culinary Knife Skills

This event will showcase the best of the participant’s knife skills. Participants will produce six uniform pieces for each knife cut meeting industry standards and demonstrate proper safety and sanitation procedures.

See National Skill Event rules.

Skill Event-Toys that Teach

This event is an individual event

that shows the ability to design, build

original home-made toy for children.

See National Skill Event rules.

Interviewing Skills

This event is an individual event to prepare to do a job interview at an entry level position.

See National Skill Event rules.

Skill Event-Impromptu Speaking

This event is an individual event that shows the ability to express one’s thoughts in an impromptu situation maintaining poise, self-confidence and conversational speaking.

See National Skill Event rules.


Speak Out for FCCLA, an individual event, recognizes members for their ability to utilize marketing and public speaking skills to promote Family and Consumer Sciences and FCCLA membership through participation in the FCCLA national program Power of One unit, “Speak Out for FCCLA.” See National Skill Event rules.

Technology in Teaching

Technology in Teaching, an individual event, recognizes members for their ability to select and critically evaluate an application (app) for use as part of a class offered in the Family and Consumer Sciences program. Ahead of time, members review the app using the provided checklist, prepare an oral presentation, and demonstrate the app to evaluators. See National Skill Event rules.

Skill Event-Early Childhood Challenge

This event, an individual event is a knowledge and skills test which allows participants to complete challenges related to FACS subject matter including child development, early childhood education concepts.

See National Skill Event rules.

Skill Event-Nutrition


This event is an individual event, a knowledge and skills test which allows participants to complete challenges related to FACS subject matter including nutrition.

See National Skill Event rules.

Skill Event-Science in FACS


This event is an individual event, a knowledge and skills test which allows participants to complete challenges related to FACS subject matter including sciences and technology related to food, health and textile sciences.

See National Skill Event rules.








I served as the Vice President of Public Relations this year, and it was great! I have always loved journalism and I got to serve you as (almost) a journalist. I got to write press releases, talk to you about good public relations, and I learned better life skills. It also made me very happy that when I got asked by staff and students at my school what FCCLA is, I got to tell them about it and they were all impressed that I was able to tell them all about FCCLA.


When working with the rest of my team, I got to meet life long friends and that means so much to me! Working with the team, Wendy, and my advisor got me so pumped up about FCCLA that it made me think anything was possible. The thing I like best about my position is that I get to talk to people and learn new things, those are two of my favorite things to do. if anyone would want to run for Vice President of Public Relations, I would encourage it especially if they love to be with people as much as I do!img_8558


Bethany Janssen, Vice President of Publi
c Relations





One of the most exciting event you and your chapter don’t want to miss at State Conference 2017 is the 7-up highlighter party. This special event is not open to everyone, and there are some requirements that need to be met.



There are different ways to be able to attend this event including:

  • ·     Your chapter has to increase its numbers by 7
  • ·     If 33.3% of your student body is involved in FCCLA, you have obtained the 7-up challenge
  • ·     FCCLA chapters who have retained membership have the option to purchase tickets to this event
  • ·     Middle level and co-curricular affiliated chapters have already obtained access to this event

Members who complete the 7-up challenge get to attend a party on Thursday night at State Conference. Highlighters will be provided but attendees are responsible for bringing their own white t-shirt. Attending this event is not only going to provide an evening full of fun, but also a wonderful networking opportunity for everyone. So go out and recruit new members! Check the 7-Up Party page on page 28 of the MN FCCLA Mini Handbook.Fulda at San Diego

Its not too late to go for 7 more members!




Have you ever thought about running for an office in FCCLA? It doesn’t have to be as big as running for a State or National position, it could be running for an Area position or just a Chapter Office. By running for an office I learned different skills to help me in life.

  • You can gain confidence, improve your communication skills as you become a better speaker and listener.
  • You learn how to compromise for the betterment of the group you are working with.
  • You also learn how to become more organized, set and achieve goals by following the planning process, and you learn how to be part of a team.

If you want to run for office there are a few things you need to do.

img_0419First you need to talk to your adviser and create a plan of action to get to your goal of achieving that position. Then you need to fill out your application. Each application process is different depending on what you are applying for. If you are going on to apply for an Area Officer position, you would create a speech to say at State during your Area Meetings.

img_8098 If you were applying to be a State Officer, it would include a speech on stage during Opening Session, a workshop that you would be presenting to judges, and an interview.

This may seem like a lot of work, but trust me it isn’t. Now is the perfect time to consider running for an office, it is an experience you wouldn’t trade for the world!

Voting delegates at NLC

Written by Mya Christensen- State President Elect.