Amazing Student Videos on National Programs


Student work explaining and showing “what they know” about the National Programs through video is always interesting!

See some great FCCLA chapter project videos.





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,, 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

Remembering 911: What FCCLA Chapters Can Do for Disaster Awareness Preparedness


Disasters happen and we remember, especially around the time of 9-11. Minnesota sign

Minnesota has weather situations, cold weather preparedness coming for the winter months, community disasters due to wind, rain, snow, or home fires or school building situations.


What can an FCCLA chapter do to help their community? Here are some ideas:

  • assembling and distributing disaster readiness supply kits;

  • organizing blood drives;

  • making property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage;

  • conducting disaster readiness audits to identify areas for improvement;

  • canvassing door-to-door or in public places to help their neighbors prepare for disasters.

  • winter weather kits

[Read more…]

FCCLA Members- Awesome Leaders Who Are Making a Big Impact On Their School!


What did your FCCLA projects do to impact your school or community this year?

Some members have even done training for teaching staff-their TEACHERS!

As we progress through the year, we are starting to hear about your awesome projects through STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition)….

Region Fall Meeting 2014 round table

Every day, there are 160,000 students who don’t attend school because they are afraid of being bullied. Because these statistics continue to grow, Minnesota legislature decided to reform the law and definition of bullying. As of July 1, 2014, a new state law was enacted; requiring schools to develop a plan of action to promote a safe environment for all students. This new law provided educators, students, and parents with tools and resources needed to prevent and intervene in bullying situations.


There are many ways to train teachers at your school! For example, the way I trained the teachers at my school is through a Rachel’s Challenge assembly! I introduced a kindness campaign. We spoke about Rachel’s story and her challenges to others. At the end of the assembly, we played a chain reaction game with the staff. This game is where the teachers formed two lines, stood shoulder to shoulder, and held hands. I started the game by squeezing the first person’s hand and they would squeeze the next person’s hand. This went through the lines and whichever team’s last person squeezed the leader’s hand first, wins the game! This activity was a perfect simulation of how fast a chain reaction can start and impact a multitude of people’s lives. This assembly inspired the teachers at Goodhue to start and implement a kindness campaign of our own! I challenge YOU to initiate a kindness campaign at your school and become a part of making a positive impact on many people’s lives!
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Written by
Tiffanie Anderson-grade 12
MN FCCLA State Officer- Representative to Board of Directors

Coming soon…. November Summit focuses on STOP the Violence and Preventing Distracted Driving


November Summit includes program agenda areas on the national FCCLA programs.Together_We_Are_logo-color

The November Summi conference theme is “Together We Are….. (FCCLA) and  will include training for youth leaders on STOP the Violence and Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) and also some of the new Competitive Events and Skill Events. Leadership in FCCLA has many avenues. One opportunity is to dive deep into a specific national program. State Officers do this with their leadership for the other state FCCLA members.facts

Marissa Kunerth has dug into the Families Active For Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) program. She will be leading a November summit session for Preventing Distracted driving.

stopTiffanie Anderson has given her leadership in the Stop the Violence national program. As a part of the November Summit. Youth Frontiers will be presenting a 3 hour retreat during the November Summit for building positive schools and communities.

As part of the November Summit, all State Officers will youth-frontiers-logobe representing their workshops about the state or national program that they have responsibility for.

In September Marissa Kunerth, went to training in Washington, D.C. as Minnesota’s Youth Service America (YSA) Ambassador. There, our four days were spent meeting with YSA’s CEO, and other YSA employees and talked with the Festival of Children Foundation founder and sharing our service learning projects.Marissa and Steve Culbertson Marissa participated in Capitol Hill and service outreach training, and heard from various other non-profit founders about how they continue to promote service-learning and community service on a national and international level. One of the highlights of this experience was meeting with Minnesota’s Senator, Al Franken  to have “Breakfast with Al” to discuss the dangers of distractive driving—the focus of my service learning project—while receiving his input on this national concern that is the number one killer of youth today.  After attending YSA’s training Marissa received a grant for Minnesota’s FCCLA upcoming conferences to educate FCCLA members about the dangers of distractive driving.


FACTS project -Written by Marissa Kunerth, State President.Marissa and Senator Al Franken

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month-Don’t be silent….


Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors in a romantic relationship or between family members. This may include abuse by a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or parent. The abusive behaviors can include physical, sexual, verbal and/or emotional abuse. Often, an abusive partner does this to have power and control over their victim. Domestic violence is a serious problem that affects all communities.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month-Don’t be silent….

  • About 2.3 million people in the U.S. are assaulted each year by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend. (National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey.” July 2000.)
  • Girls and women between the ages of 16 and 24 have the highest rates of domestic violence. (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim, 1993–1999.” October 2001.)

FCCLA has two national programs dealing with making healthy choices (STUDENT BODY) and (STOP the Violence).. Many STAR Event categories could be used for you to do more research about these topics. [Read more…]

A Laboratory for 21st Century Skill Development- FCCLA STATE CONFERENCE


What do 1200 delegates, 1164 competition participants and hundreds of volunteers look like?


We are living out our mission for youth development work. We are preparing youth for careers, workforce skills and future community and family life. We are using the exemplary leadership traits to guide us to become better at encouraging the heart, inspiring a shared vision, [Read more…]



One of the candidate selections at State FCCLA Conference will be for Peer Education Team. Peer Educators help to “model the way” and “inspire a shared vision” by telling their school, community and other members about FCCLA National Programs. SAM_0659

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This year they focused on STOP the VIOLENCE and continued the work of Hands of Kindness and Caring started with learning about Rachel Joy Scott of the Columbine HS and Rachel’s Challenge. They also did workshops and training on the national FCCLA program Student Body.

Here is what a couple of Peer Educators have been doing.

“The St. Clair FCCLA Chapter is hard at work for our biggest fundraiser of the year: Dinner Theater! This year’s spring play is “Grease” and we’re going to make dinner theater amazing! Our team is hard at work and planning the event from start to finish. Our chapter has decided that those serving the meal are to wear 1950’s attire; poodle skirts, leather jackets, rolled up jeans, the whole nine yards!For the meal, we have decided to work with FCCLA’s National Program, Student Body, for planning the meal! Dinner theater is also a great way to bring our community closer together for the play and it allows them to learn more about our awesome FCCLA program and they get to meet our FCCLA chapter members! Here at St. Clair, we’re very excited for this event!” Written by Peer Ed- Megan

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“My year in FCCLA has focused on the Rachel’s Challenge’s Hands of Kindness campaign. As a peer educator, it was my job to promote Hands of Kindness in my region and chapter. I decided to take it a little bit further and have Hands of Kindness be done within my school for National FCCLA Week. I coordinated the Hands of Kindness table during our lunch shifts at school. This was a good way to get the word out about FCCLA and show people one of the many things that we will be doing this year at our state convention. Besides at the lunch table, I also promoted the hands of kindness within my chapter. During monthly meetings, I had members of my chapter decorate hands to bring to State Conference. I  also promoted the campaign at the Region 4 meeting by sending out an email to all the chapter advisors, reminding them to bring their hands to the Mid-Winter meeting in case they forgot. At the Mid-Winter meeting, I also brought hands and set up a table for students to decorate in their free time between star events and lunch.” Written by from-Trista- Peer Ed

A new Peer Education Team will be chosen by interview process at the State FCCLA Conference April 10-12.

How To Guarantee Failure


 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

Use STOP the Violence FCCLA program with antibullying projects.


Do you see bullying in your school? Kids being pushed around? Cyber bullying comments?

P1080274Walking through the hallways at school, how many times do you see a kid get pushed around? Or have their books knocked out of their hands? Do you see your friends grouping up on one person? Are students getting excluded because they are not wearing the right clothes?  My question to you is… How can you STOP the Violence?

STOP the Violence is a national FCCLA program that has a central focus of reducing youth violence. This national program gives all FCCLA members the tools to recognize, report, and reduce youth violence. In my local chapter, our initiative is called Operation Respect. Every month my chapter goes to our elementary schools and teaches Kindergarten through Fourth Graders about the issue of bullying and teasing. The kids love having the chance to interact with the upperclassman!

Now, when you walk through the hallways in your school, look for that kid that is getting pushed around by friends, or that kid that is scrabbling to pick up his or her books, or maybe it’s the student sitting at lunch all alone. Seek a way to STOP the Violence in your school or community!
*If a member chooses to complete in a STAR Event using the STOP the Violence National Program, he or she can apply for a National Award. The award application is due March 1st, 2014 and the award winner can win anywhere from $500 to $1,000!

Written by Kaija, State Secretary!