Leadership Service in Action

Leadership Service in Action 

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The FCCLA Leadership Service in Action program guides students to develop, plan, carry out, and evaluate projects that improve the quality of life in their communities.  Service helps young people build skills for family, career, and community roles; provides youth-centered learning experiences related to Family and Consumer Sciences education; and encourages young people to develop the positive character traits of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Service projects can be a great “first step” for less-experienced advisers, chapters, or members. They involve fun, hands-on activities that motivate and involve students while offering a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie. Projects range from simple, one-time efforts to multi-faceted, ongoing programs. Here’s an example of the range of projects that might grow out of a single concern – to clean up the community.

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Two members spend a few hours cleaning up an elderly relative’s yard.

The chapter spends an afternoon picking up litter in a park.

The chapter coordinates with a variety of groups on a community wide “clean-up” day.

The chapter initiates formation of a “community improvement council” to address ongoing clean-up issues.



FCCLA offers national recognition to chapters that complete the Leadership Service in Action projects. This honor includes cash awards and special recognition at the National Leadership Conference, online, and in Teen Times magazine. Chapters apply online for recognition for their hard work and innovative projects with the National Leadership Service in Action Program Award Application.

  • High School Award — $1,000
  • Middle School Award — $1,000
  • First Runner-Up Award — $500
  • Second Runner-Up Award — $100
  • Third Runner-Up Award — $100

Deadline: Applications must be submitted online to FCCLA national headquarters by March 1.The online award system will automatically close March 1, 11:59 p.m. EST. Not ready to start your application? You can preview the application before submitting it by logging onto the Program Award website.


Minnesota FCCLA is a Lead State Agency for Global Youth Service Day

Lead AgenSAM_0503cies are local, regional, or statewide organizations across the United States, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, or New Brunswick that increase the scale, visibility, and impact of Global Youth Service Day by leading GYSD in their city, region, or state.

As part of GYSDAY Lead Agencies, MN FCCLA will have these responsibilities:

  • Engage a minimum of 600 youth volunteers, age 5-25, in community service or service-learning projects during the program period (January to April )
  • Build or strengthen partnerships with at least 10 partner organizations to achieve scale and impact
  • Track and report impact on the scale, diversity, youth outcomes, community outcomes, and outreach efforts of your service programs
  • Increase public awareness of the issue through the engagement of media and elected officials
  • Engage State Farm employees in projects where possible

GYSDAY Lead Agencies are sponsored by Youth Service America and State Farm.

See resources at http://gysd.org/resources