Stand Out from the Crowd With Your High Emotional Intelligence!

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How teens can increase their ability to be emotionally intelligent?

Being emotionally intelligent is the ability to identify, understand, and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. More and more, businesses are relying on references and personality assessments to measure a potential employee’s emotional intelligence, instead of just focusing on what school they attended, their grades, or their interview skills. Someone with a high emotional intelligence stands out from the crowd. They have the ability to work well with others, accept and adapt to change, build strong relationships, make good decisions, deal with difficult situations, control impulses, solve problems, and communicate clearly.

Studies show that teens with high emotional intelligence  are more productive in the workplace, have better career advancement, are more effective leaders, and have better work relationships. FCCLA leadership roles and the National FCCLA Student Body program can help you develop your skills.

As with all personality traits, some people have naturally good emotional intelligence, while others need to work on them. The good news is that everyone can get better! Emotional intelligence is something that develops as we mature. The best way to develop emotional intelligence is to practice the five skills of emotional intelligence:

Self-Awareness, the ability to identify your own emotions and recognize their impact and being able to notice and accurately label everyday feelings; Emotional Management, the ability to control our reaction to our feelings and/or use our feelings to guide decisions and knowing when, where and how to most effectively express our feelings; Empathy, the ability to recognize others’ emotions and accurately interpret their verbal and nonverbal cues and helps the individual know appropriate things to say and ways to behave around someone who is feeling strong emotions; Choosing Your Mood, recognizing that moods are something we can control, deciding which mood is right for specific situations, and getting ourselves into an appropriate mood; and Conflict Management, the ability to inspire, influence, and develop others while successfully avoiding or managing conflict and it involves handling social interaction appropriately.

Written by Abigail Allen, MN FCCLA State Secretary

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

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!

Check out the FCCLA Student Body National Program

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Student Body was a  National Program that was revised this year.

Four new units make up this National Program,

  • the Healthy You,

  • the Fit You,

  • the Real You,

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Here’s a little information dealing with the Healthy You unit. Proper nutrition helps teens maintain a healthy weight and prevent illnesses. The intent of this unit is to teach students about the importance of fueling their bodies with nutritious foods. Developing healthier eating habits at a younger age will lead students to live a better life and create healthy eating habits to last a life time. MyPlate is used as a reference for what student should eat on a daily basis. If you would like to learn more visit ChooseMyPlate.gov. This unity is also designed to show students the risks of sleep deprivation and harmful substances. A Healthy You is a great resource to help students with their nutrition and well being.SAM_4062

 

GO FOR A NATIONAL AWARD WITH YOUR PROJECTS!

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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”.

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We also saw Goodhue Jr/ Sr win a Sr High Runner Up National Award for a Stop the Violence Project called “Kindness Campaign”.

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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, www.fcclainc.org, 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

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

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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…]

National Award Winners X 5!

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We have National FCCLA Program winners from MN FCCLA Chapters.

Congratulations to the following chapters who applied for National FCCLA Program awards and are honored with the award and monetary awards. These awards will be presented in San Antonio at the National FCCLA Leadership Conference. [Read more…]

FCCLA PEER EDUCATORS… MAKING THEIR SCHOOLS BETTER

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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.