Congratulations MN FCCLA!  Named a Lead State Agency for Global Youth Service Day


MN FCCLA joins 24 other organizations from 17 states around the nation to work for promoting service engagement by young people.

Youth Service America (YSA)  is excited to announce its 2018-2019 Lead Agencies! With the generous support of theCharles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), we are able to work with 25 organizations from 17 states as they organize high-impact, high-visibility youth-led projects for September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Global Youth Service Day. The Lead Agency Program’s primary goal is develop partnerships with local schools and organizations to activate youth, ages 5-25, to lead service or service-learning projects through which they can acquire 21st Century Skills (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking).








As an official organizer of 9/11 Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, and Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) in their region, Lead Agencies are responsible for convening partner coalitions of youth development and community-based organizations, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, national service programs, and faith-based organizations to activate youth – especially those in underserved communities who are not usually asked to serve. From September through April, Lead Agencies also participate in ongoing capacity-building training via conference calls and webinars, tailored resources, and bi-monthly newsletters.

This year, Lead Agencies will be coordinating at least one project focused on veterans or military families for September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, and at least one project focused on economic opportunity and financial literacy for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

On the 31st annual Global Youth Service Day on April 12-14, 2019, Lead Agencies will be completing projects nationwide, covering different topics that will leave a positive impact on their respective communities.

Check out the list of the 2019-2019 Lead Agencies!

Cathedral City-S.C.R.A.P. Gallery
Lake Arrowhead-Southern California VOAD
Los Angeles-Thomas A. Edison Middle School
Van Nuys-Valley Care Community Consortium

Pompano Beach-Pompano Beach High School NHS

College Park-Favor House
Jonesboro-Clayton County Youth Commission

Honolulu-Maryknoll School in partnership with Blue Zones Project

Chicago-Cradles to Crayons Chicago

Des Moines-Community Youth Concepts

Highland Park-My Sister’s Keeper
Lansing-Michigan Community Service Commission

Roseville-Minnesota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

Starkville-Black Girls Rock of MS

New Jersey
Burlington Township-Burlington Township High School

New York
Merrick-Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District

Akron-Educational Empowerment Group
Ripley-Ripley Union Lewis Huntington School District

Oklahoma City-Oklahoma Centennial

Bethlehem-Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley

South Carolina
Charleston-City of Charleston’s Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families

Arlington-Arlington Alliance for Youth
El Paso-Franklin High School
Houston-City of Houston Volunteer Initiative Program

Spanaway-Bethel School District


9-11 Day of Service Action by MN FCCLA chapters


A Day of Remembrance!

A day of remembrance and service by thousands of students in MN FCCLA schools resulted in many who many have not yet been born in 2001 to learn about the significance of 9-11. Chapters are reporting on their 9-11 service efforts and the impact on their school and community.

We honor first Responders always in harms way to service the public.

MN FCCLA lead efforts to honor veterans, remember military persons and families and to honor the efforts of first responders in their communities. Through the Youth Service America grant for Lead State Agencies, MN FCCLA is leading youth to understand the importance of service to their communities and world.

The World Trade Center rebuilt in New York City.

The 9-11 effort held in September will be the first of 3 large state-wide service efforts of MN FCCLA this year. We asked chapters to involve their school and community in remembering 9-11;

FCCLA leads efforts for students to do messages on postcards to send to military in Badger MN.

State FCCLA President Ananda visits a local Veterans Resource Center.   






New Ulm FCCLA Chapter  holds a

 picnic with activities for Military families. 

9-11 Day of Service


MN FCCLA members are working to honor military families, veterans, and first responders as a part of the 9-11 day of remembrance.


On Sept. 11, 2001, America was forever changed. It has been 17 years since two planes struck the World Trade Center in New York City, but that tragic day, which served as a true test of the American spirit, will be remembered always. We honor our country’s resilience and the strength of the American spirit.

Minnesota FCCLA has received the Lead State Agency Grant from Youth Service America. This is a long standing honor we have received. (at least 20 years!) We are grateful for the national level recognition that MN FCCLA students engage many volunteers, make a difference in their communities and work for planning and meeting needs that they see. The grant this year as three seasonal effort that we are required to accomplish with at least 1000 youth volunteers in each phase to engage others in their projects. A September 9-11 effort honoring military, first responders, veterans.

To Honor Those Who Serve 9-11 Project”

Flyer-MN FCCLA Service Project Ideas for Honoring Military, Veterans or First responders

A “9-11” Service project of MN FCCLA Chapters

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”-Maya Angelou

PLANNING PROCESS-Your chapter could plan a 9-11 service project using a planning process.

IDENTIFY NEEDS:                    Step 1: What is the need?

SET A GOAL–                           Do something to honor those who serve.

PLAN:                                      Step 2: Form a Plan

ACTION:                                  Step 3: Take Action- Some ideas…

  • Involve your chapter members to write letters, cards. Use 8X 11 paper to create “cards” or ask MN FCCLA to send you a stack of postcards we have printed for this project.

  • Involve other students at your school, elementary classes, student body.
  • Honor someone who is a veteran in your community by writing their story for a newspaper article.
  • Do some school announcements about what the significance of 9-11 is to America.
  • Identify someone from your community who is active in the military now and send them care packages this year. Write about them for the school paper, chapter website or community newspaper.

ACTION: Step 4: Send box of letters or cards (not in envelopes) to Operation Gratitude, 21100 Lassen Street,  Chatsworth, CA 91311

ACTION/ FOLLOW UP:           Step 5: Fill out form to indicate your letter donation. Operation                                                       Gratitude asks that you fill out this online donation form.

Fill out a donation form for your mailed box of letters to Operation Gratitude

FOLLOW UP:                           Step 6: Evaluate, Reflect

IMPORTANT! Send a list of the students volunteering for this project to MN FCCLA. (MN FCCLA needs to report names to Youth Service America in our reporting for the grant for GYSDAY)

9-11-01 “Never Forget”


National Conference Successes!



The following Minnesota FCCLA students placed #1 in the nation in their STAR Event categories. Over 7000 attended the National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia this month.

Congratulations everyone!

#1 Advocacy Senior James Drewicke and Lillian Olson– Herman Norcross HS
#1 Illustrated Talk-Jr Jerica Warrington-Waconia Middle School
#1 Advocacy Junior Anna Woidyla- Oaskis HS

Placing in the top five:

#2 Chapter in Review Sr Portfolio Emma Wajda-Spring Lake Park HS
#2 Leadership Sr Mya Christensen– RTR HS
#2 Teach and Train Jr Amber Findlay-Wheaton HS
#2 National Programs in Action-Jr Kai Drake– RTR Junior
#3 Career Investigation Sr Nadine Musa-Spring Lake Park HS
#4  Chapter in Review Display Jr Madee Benda-Goodhue HS
#4 Nutrition and Wellness Jr Greta Lee-Badger HS
#5 Chapter Service Portfolio Sr Cody LaValley-Stenbeck and Clara Schmidt, Cambridge HS
#5 Entrepreneurship Sr Katherine Konold-Minneota HS
#5 Food Innovations Sr Natalie Bot and Tara Thooft-Minneota HS


Placing in the Top 10 in the nation in STAR Events were:

Career Investigation Jr Jennifer Findlay- Wheaton HS
Career Investigation Sr Matthias Kunerth-Fulda
Chapter Service Project Display-Jr Rachel Arends, Lillian Bitker, Lauren Nelson-Ada Borup
Chapter Service Portfolio Jr Supriya Patel-Spring Lake Park HS

Ambassador Jr

Rileigh Hughes, Haley Mostad– Kelliher HS
FCCLA Chapter Website Sr Binh Nguyen-Eastview HS
Interpersonal Communications Jr Kadeyn Keller, Hailey Von Ende-Badger HS
National Programs in Action-Jr Dawsen Bloom, Chase Christensen– RTR Junior
National Programs in Action-Sr Molly Krog-Minneota HS
Say Yes to FCS Education Emily Schmiedeberg– Lancaster HS

Minnesota FCCLA members in National STAR Events competitions in Atlanta, Ga.

   48 Gold medals

   46 Silver medals

   10 Bronze medals



Results from Successful State FCCLA Conference!


Over 1200 Walks for Water exceeded the goal of 1000!

Over $1900.00 raised for water wells.

Hundreds of Gold Medal Star Events.





National advancers scrambling to attend National FCCLA Conference in June/ July in Atlanta!

New Area officers and State officers are anxious to start their year as a Minnesota FCCLA Officer.


Great speakers, workshops, fun sessions and fitness events during State Conference!

Thank you for your positive youth energy!

Get Ready for State Conference! National Conference deadlines!


State Conference is just around the corner! We look forward to awesome youth presentations in STAR Events!

State Conference is just around the corner! We look forward to awesome youth presentations in STAR Events!

Speakers will motivate and challenge you to develop your leadership potential with the State Theme “To Leadership and Beyond! Speakers will include an awesome line up! Make sure your chapter is looking at the State Conference Orientation (On the Advisers Page of the website) to learn all about it!

Kyle Scheele

Kyle Scheele is on a mission to build a better world. Kyle has spoken to over 200,000 audience members in 45 states. His projects have been featured by outlets like Upworthy, Buzzfeed, WIRED, Fast Company, Mashable, Laughing Squid, MAKE Magazine, and more. Kyle says, “For me, my ideas usually involve bringing a smile to someone’s face or getting them to laugh when they’re having a bad day. But for you, it could be building a better school culture, inventing a life-saving medical device, or changing the way our society thinks about an issue. “

Battle of The Ages Garden Court -Thursday evening with Patrick Grady Enjoy an evening of light entertainment as advisers and members are asked to battle it out with their knowledge of music gendre. Patrick Grady is a motivational speaker and also State Adviser of Florida FCCLA. 

 Value Up! Mike Donahue We believe that students want to come to school and feel socially safe. They want to feel like they have value. School culture can be defined by simply asking what students are saying to each other when adults are not listening.  Young people do not sit home at night rehearsing and perhaps agonizing over what adults said to them during the day. They are replaying over and over what their friends and peers are saying to them.

Leadership Development is a Smart Career Move! Dr. Bruce Jackson

A national leader in developing leadership programs, Dr. Jackson is dedicated his career to the development of individuals, teams, organizations, and communities that seek to maximize influence, leadership, and change. Supporting to MN FCCLA with the C. Charles Jackson Foundation, (his father), Dr Jackson will inspire you to set yourself up for success.

Rhett Laubach Drawing from his multitude of profound and powerful lessons learn, Rhett’s ability to connect with his audience is second to none.  His unprecedented stage energy captures the attention of audience members, engaging them in lessons of leadership, motivation, and inspiration. 

Leadership In A Time of Chaos, Crisis, and Fake News!”   Vonn Banks You may have heard Vonn Banks speak, but you have not heard this unique message! Vonn Banks has worked with the highest military leaders, four Presidents and First Ladies in the White House, and knows about leadership in times of challenging times. Evelyn “Vonn” Banks recently retired from the military after 30 years as the senior most enlisted female in the United States Navy.  Today, Vonn Banks speaks to corporate and non-profit audiences around the country.  She LOVES, LOVES, LOVES FCCLA ! A personal highlight was the privilege of motivating the Minnesota Association of the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), a student leadership organization that focuses on youth, peer education and family. The relationship was born after a chance meeting on September 30, 2013, the evening before the Federal government shutdown. Banks met the State FCCLA chapter officers, who were in Washington, D.C. for a conference, when she visited the Lincoln Memorial. Her plan to formally deliver her retirement speech from the steps where Dr. Martin Luther King stood was thwarted by the pending shutdown.  “I knew if I came here, I would meet someone who could listen to my speech,” she said, and the bonds formed that evening continue today as Vonn returns to inspire FCCLA leaders.

Join the fun!


Looking for STAR Event Evaluators from Business and Industry and FCCLA Alumni


Want to “give back?” or contribute to youth’s knowledge of your career expertise?

Submit you name with this link.

We could use your expertise as a team of evaluators for over 50 categories of STAR Events on April 19 or 20 in Bloomington, MN.









April 19- Thursday afternoon or Evening- about 4 hours time .

April 20- Friday morning or Afternoon- about 4 hours time.

Go to this link to suggest or nominate yourself as a possible evaluator.


Looking for Talent! Get Involved in Contests


MN FCCLA Trading Pin Contest-Design a pin design





Minnesota students at National Conference “trade” pins with other state delegates. These pins represent something special about their state. (About state flower, state shape, state tourist sites or something about MN FCCLA)

MN FCCLA Trading Pin Contest 2018 pdf

What?              Design a new pin for use as a trading pin at National FCCLA Conferences.

When?            Deadline for receiving submissions: March 29, 2018

Why?               Minnesota FCCLA we would like members to help in designing a new pin!  An                                appropriate winning design may be used for the 2018 trading pin. Trading pins are used as networking items at National Meeting where delegates trade with  delegates from other states. This means your design could be seen across the nation!

Who?              Any member is eligible to submit a design.

When creating your design, remember the following criteria. Make the artwork a good representation of our state, it’s special features, history or tourism. YOU MAY NOT USE TRADEMARKED ITEMS IN THE PIN DESIGN. (Logo of FCCLA is trademarked, other designs that have been copy written or have a trademark.)

See the MN FCCLA website (Advisers page) for more application details.


National Anthem Singer for First General Session

Do you have a chapter member who has sung the National Anthem for sporting or school events? Apply to be the singer for the State FCCLA Conference. Thursday, First General Session, April 19, 2018 4:30 pm Must be able to sing the anthem accapella or with a vocal music background tape. No PIANO is available.

National Anthem Singer Application




Describe where you have sung the National anthem for an event.

Send a video or your singing the national anthem to Mya Christensen, State FCCLA President.

% Tammy Borman, RTR HS at


Shadow Day Shows FCCLA Members About Careers in Public Policy


It was a great day for FCCLA students and officers to the State Capitol for FCCLA Shadow Day.

“I would LOVE to have a job like that- it’s soo interesting!”

“I would not like to have a job like that as it there are many controversies to deal with! “

“I have a lot to reflect on- it was such an interesting day!”

“I loved Shadow Day and cannot wait for next year to do it again!”

“State Legislators have to know a LOT about EVERYTHING!”

40 FCCLA members were scheduled to follow state legislators for 4 hours.  The responses were positive from students. Some legislators already expressed a desire to have an FCCLA member shadow them next year!

It is a great opportunity for the FCCLA members to talk about family and consumer sciences, CTEFCCLA opportunities one-on-one to state legislators and they all did a GREAT job of representing! Thank to everyone who made the day happen!

Global Youth Service Day is April 20-22,2018


As a Lead State Agency for GYSDAY, MN FCCLA will be celebrating local projects and conducting an on-site service effort at the annual State FCCLA Conference.

Reasons to participate in service programs:

  • Have Fun!
  • Show how much you care!
  • Combine your passions and causes for impact.
  • Make yourself attractive to colleges and employers.
  • Apply learning in a practical way.
  • Spend time getting together with your good friends “doing good”.
  • Fulfil volunteer hours.
  • Collaborate with your community.
  • Celebrate what you’ve done.

Let’s finish with a strong season of service projects and bring the results of member’s work to show at the State Conference 2018!

Its deadline time! Time to register for State Conference, candidate applications and award applications due!


It’s time- Get ready to be an active participant in the State Conference 2018!

So many opportunities!

  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Speakers who will inspire you
  • Workshops on National FCCLA Programs
  • STAR Events to show what you know.
  • Develop your skills in speaking, planning, writing, developing projects.
  • Activities for fitness like Zumba and Yoga.
  • Be part of the Walk4Water for a statewide service -learning project.
  • Celebration of service projects

It’s coming soon- Talk to your adviser about being a part of it!

“To Leadership and Beyond”….Become an officer candidate in FCCLA!


What do you learn by becoming an officer in FCCLA?

Employers will be looking for people who can think on their feet, work well with other employees, have good work habits and can be creative thinkers. Being an FCCLA officer is a great way to develop your skills for speaking, writing, planning and organizing. Applying to become an officer is on the Leaders-Candidates page of this website. 

Officer applications are due February 28, so get started on your process!

Here’s a checklist of skills that an FCCLA leadership position would give you a chance to develop:
  • Advocating for yourself and your causes
  • Asking for help or advice
  • Brainstorming
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Facilitating a meeting
  • Handling office or school politics
  • Handshaking and networking
  • Managing a positive relationship with an employer
  • Persuasion
  • Resume writing
  • Articulating a position
  • Confidence in yourself
  • Creating presentation slides in a power point presentation
  • Poise to be a spokesperson
  • Projection of your “youth voice”
  • Receiving criticism and feedback as a team or an individual
  • Social skills to be able to work well with others
  • Conflict resolution of situations
  • Relationship building with others on your team or with networks of people
  • Team management as you accomplish group tasks
  • Attention to detail of your plans
  • Being motivated without prodding
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Project management
  • Punctuality
  • Self-starting
What leadership skills do you have now and what could you develop through FCCLA?
  • Being accountable
  • Budgeting for a conference
  • Staying calm under pressure
  • Coaching younger members
  • Maximizing your resources
  • Making decisions
  • Goal setting
  • Information gathering
  • Influencing others in positive ways
  • Meeting management
  • Planning
  • Politeness and positivity
  • Able to prioritize
  • Able to change your mind
  • Anger management
  • Patience
  • Perceptiveness
  • Problem solving
Most jobs require a degree of flexibility, and the ability to be willing to change. There are skills that will enable you to show employers that they have the flexibility required for success on the job.

Get ready for State FCCLA Conference 2018!


To Leadership and Beyond!

April 19-21,2018 will be the dates of an awesome leadership conference for MN FCCLA.

Planned by the state Executive Council, members will experience awesome workshops, speakers and compete in over 50 STAR Events and Skills events during the 3 days.

Do you like activities such as Zumba, Yoga or Scavenger hunts? Then you are in luck! There will be lots to do and new friends to make.
The State Officers have planned active workshops on the National FCCLA Programs and will be conducting exciting General Sessions.
MN FCCLA Conference has been the favorite FCCLA activity for many of our members.


February 16th FRIDAY Unite in Red


February 16th FRIDAY Unite in Red

It’s FCCLA Week!

Be Inspired by other members as we Unite in Red to show our FCCLA pride! Share what FCCLA red means to you and how it has provided you the confidence to succeed.

February 12 – 16th 2018 FCCLA Week #PromoteFCCLA #FCCLACareers #FCCLAisThankful #FCCLAImpact



MN FCCLA will be providing red jackets to Members attending National Conference for a 1 week rental fee. Qualifiers for the National Conference will learn about this on April 21 at the State Conference.

Officers will continue to be able to rent a jacket for the officer year.

February 15- Make An Impact Day!


February 15th THURSDAY Make an Impact

Be an inspiration to those in your community by finding a need and making a difference in the lives of others! Plan a service event or a Lead2Feed project with your chapter.

FCCLA Chapters have been doing service projects that include support for their local Food Shelves.
FCCLA Chapters will be participating in the State Conference Service Project parade of posters to celebrate the work chapters have been doing in their communities. Be part of the celebration of service on Thursday General Session with the Service Parade.  Submit chapter delegate’s names on state conference registration per service project to carry an art foam board poster into the First General Session.

MN FCCLA has been chosen for Youth Service America’s Campaign (a competitive grant) for 2018 Lead Agency for GYSDAY. We will be celebrating service projects that FCCLA chapters have done and conducting a activity at State FCCLA Conference in partnership with We Day. That will be a Walk4Water.

WE Day– MN FCCLA is working to become an educational partner with We Day. State Officers have discussed a way to be involved in the Global campaign called Walk4Water. We are going to embed the We Walk4Water campaign into activities we will do during the State Conference. Chapter members will “carry water” to simulate how people in many countries access water. More details on the logistics of how your chapter members will be able to participate will be coming soon.

Why focus on clean water? Minnesota is a land of 10,000 lakes, so we often take water for granted.  But we now that globally, access to safe and clean sanitation facilities for both genders increases school attendance among teenage girls.

Education surrounding healthy sanitation and hygiene practices helps with behavior change in school children, whereby students are practicing good water use and sanitation behaviors. This also increases the knowledge of these practices among their parents and other community members.


Access to clean water improves the health of community members, creates healthier practices surrounding sanitation and hygiene, resulting in the reduction of waterborne diseases and provides a consistent source of water for drinking and food preparation. In fact, clean water is one of the most crucial and efficient ways to lift a community out of poverty.

Water is heavy. The World Health Organization recommends 20-50 liters of water per person per day for drinking, cooking and washing. That amounts to hauling between 44 and 110 pounds of water daily for use by each household member.

And in many places, water sources are far from homes. In Asia and Africa, women walk an average of 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) per day collecting water. Carrying such loads over long distances can result in strained backs, shoulders and necks, and other injuries if women have to walk over uneven and steep terrain or on busy roads.

Clean water access allows girls to go to school instead of bearing the responsibility of transporting their family’s water. Clean water reduces water-borne illness and leads to better agriculture and access to food.

80% of illnesses in the developing world are linked to poor water and sanitation. Unsafe water, and poor sanitation and hygiene kill an estimated 1.7 million people annually.

600,000 children a year die from illnesses like diarrhea that are directly attributed to unclean water.

A study of water poverty in sub-Saharan African found that women and girls spend at least 16 million hours a day collected drinking water, while men spend 6 million hours.


FCCLA Week- Say Thanks to your supportive persons!


February 14th WEDNESDAY Say Thanks

Valentines Day is a great opportunity to take time to show your appreciation for those who have been an inspiration and support during your FCCLA journey. Send notes of appreciation to thank them!






Who in the FCCLA family of teachers, students or officers has influenced you positively?

The many faces of FCCLA have a positive peer influence on you to develop great character skills that will serve you in your future.





Leaders can motivate, inspire and give you support. Say thanks to those who come to mind!

Set your goals for Atlanta for National FCCLA in late June.


We’re headed to Atlanta for National FCCLA Conference in June.

Students all across Minnesota are preparing their STAR Events, officer candidate applications and saving money to head to Atlanta in late June for National FCCLA Conference. Minnesota delegation will be staying at the Omni Hotel June 28—July 2. Memories are made from travelling to a National Conference!

What will the National Conference experience be like?

  • Starfish and STAR Events!
  • Civil Rights history and STAR Competitions.
  • Sghtseeing in Atlanta and MN State Meetings!
  • Omni Hotel next to CNN headquarters and Organizational Business meetings!
  • Trains, planes, taxis and buses.

There will be tons of opportunities to meet other members and advisers from throughout the country! You will have experiences in Leadership workshops and exhibits which will give ideas for your chapter projects. Seeing the sights of Atlanta which include: Civil Rights museum and some of America’s history, the Georgia Aquarium, one of the best in the world, lots of southern regional foods to try.



So start planning and raising your funds! Make it your goal to attend. FCCLA Fundraising Toolkit

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

Stand Out from the Crowd With Your High Emotional Intelligence!


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

Prepare for Future Careers That May Not Even Exist


We are in the twenty-first century and think we have discovered everything, but we may not have. There may be jobs out there that may not even exist yet.

FCCLA can help you prepare for those careers.


In your career you will need to know how to talk to people, how to present your ideas, and how to work with people. FCCLA can teach you all of those things and here is how.

Talking to people is feared more than death, but as FCCLAers we have the amazing opportunity to talk in front of people through STAR Events, running for an officer position, or even through going to a conference and meeting new people.




Presenting your ideas is hard, but STAR Events help us practice different ways of this exact thing. We learn how to use powerpoints, display boards, and portfolios. Any business or employer goes crazy over someone who knows how to present an idea without fear.

Working with people who you do not particularly know is next to impossible, however; FCCLA can help with that. FCCLA officers have multiple ways of getting you to work with others you do not know.






You can get any credentials through college, but these skills are hard to learn alone, FCCLA is here to help you prepare for those future careers. Some 21st Century Skills are; Creativity, Leadership, Critical Thinking, Management, Goal Setting, Problem Solving, Decision Making and Cooperative Learning.

Bethany Janssen, Vice President of Partnerships


Make a difference with the FACTS National Program!


Did you know?

16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.

56% of teens said they talk on the phone while driving.

Motor-vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States.

Compared with urban residents, rural residents are at an increased risk for death from crashes and are less likely to wear seat belts.


FACTS is a national FCCLA peer education program through which students strive to save lives through personal, vehicle, and road safety. Teens work to educate adults and youth about traffic safety and support enforcement of local rules and regulations regarding community traffic safety. Youth leaders can help families promote basic safety attitudes that can last a lifetime. FACTS gives teens the knowledge and incentives they need to build an understanding of what it means to drive safely, both today and in the future. Through this program, young people plan and carry out projects that help them and their peers make informed, responsible decisions about traffic safety.

FACTS projects relate to three topic areas: people, vehicles, and roads – to understand and promote your role as a driver or passenger on the road as well as the hazards you may encounter and how to avoid or react to them with vehicle safety. FCCLA also offers national recognition to chapters that complete FCCLA FACTS projects; this honor includes cash awards and special recognition at the National Leadership Conference, online, and in Teen Times magazine.

Through working closely with FACTS, or Families, Acting, for Community, Traffic, Safety I have developed both basic and in-depth knowledge about not only traffic safety but life lessons on teamwork, critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and career preparation.

Best of luck on your FACTS Projects everyone!!


Massen Kunerth

Minnesota FCCLA VP of Service

Why seek education beyond high school?


Why seek education beyond high school? It could earn you 19% to 65% more income for the future than a high school diploma would.

Postsecondary education—broadly defined as a credential beyond a high school diploma—continues to be one of the major gateways to family-sustaining jobs.  Workers with higher levels of education and skills tend to have greater earnings than workers with lower levels.

In 2013, associate’s degree holders earned about 19 percent more than high school graduates with no college and 65 percent more than workers with less than a high school diploma.

FCCLA is based on Career and technical education that has STAR Events, and projects based on career pathways in family and consumer sciences education.

Career pathways are linked education and training services that enable students to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in a given industry or occupational sector especially in high wage or high need jobs.
Each step on a career pathway is designed to prepare students to progress to the next level of education and employment.
The career pathways framework weaves together adult education, training, and postsecondary programs and connects those services to employers’ workforce needs.

Career pathways that many STAR Events link to are Early Childhood Education, Teaching and training, Culinary Arts and Hospitality industry jobs, Interior Design or Human Services.

Career pathways include multiple entry and exit points, learner-centered instruction and delivery, assessment of skills and needs, support services, and quality work experiences.


10 Ways FCCLA Helps Prepare you for a Bright Future!


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.


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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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 or

The MN FCCLA state officers challenge you to use FCCLA with the state theme of To Leadership and Beyond!

Top in the nation


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.

It is a great time to be a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher!


May 4th-National Family & Consumer Sciences Educator Day.

Want to explore a career where you WOULD DEFINATELY GET A JOB? There is a great need for FACS teachers and FCCLA Advisers!


FACS teachers are the best! Great classroom teachers, interesting content, nurturing students in ife and

Following the theme, “Making a Difference Through Family and Consumer Sciences,” the celebration showcases the value and importance of family and consumer sciences education and its educators. “National Family & Consumer Sciences Educator Day is one way to pay tribute to the positive impact that family and consumer sciences educators have on individuals, families, and communities every day, while encouraging individuals to pursue a career in FCS education,” In secondary education alone, more than 27,000 family and consumer sciences educators are teaching more than 3 million students personal development and career preparation skills in critical areas, such as nutrition and wellness, healthy food preparation, child and family development, environmental design, consumer decision making, and personal finance.

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.








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.


“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.




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.


A Resilient You-Learn more about it with the FCCLA Student Body Program!


A Resilient You


Resiliency is one of the four modules of this year’s Student Body national program: A Healthy You, A Fit You, A Real You, and A Resilient You. Resilience is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or to put it in simpler terms how well you respond to challenges you life throws your way.

This year’s state theme is Dare to Explore with FCCLA and one of the goals is to Acstate theme 2016-2017cept the Challenge: a big part of being resiliency is to accept the challenge.

It is important to be resilient because at some point in life we are going to face inevitable challenges. There are many ways to improve your resiliency:

  1. Setting goals can help you become more resilient because it allows you to become more prepared for the future, allowing you to be more prepared when challenges come your way.
  2. It is important to accept the challenges that come your way and face them head on. Being resilient is how well you are able to bounce back from the challenges you are faced with.
  3. Having a positive attitude can help you improve you resiliency because being positive is what allows you to overcome challenges. It is vital to have a positive drive when facing adversity and realizing the situation is only temporary.
Taya Lindquist,
Vice President of Resource and Development








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
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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.

7-Up Challenge- An “Invitation Only” Party at State FCCLA Conference



There are only a couple of months until our 7-up highlighter party at State Conference 2017! You and your chapter want to meet the requirements to attend this exciting event. It is being held on Thursday at State Conference and you don’t want to miss it.


The 7-up highlighter party is a great way to network with new people and have a fun time. Some ways to increase you membership and meet the requirements include:



Make a social media site that talks about you chapter in FCCLA using platforms like:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Make a website
  • Form a membership committee
  • Keep all of your meetings fun!

Challenge your chapter’s current members to bring at least one new friend to the meeting

Using these types of recruiting methods will help you and you chapter obtain the 7-up challenge.

(See page 28 of the MN FCCLA Mini Handbook for details.)

  • Increase your chapter membership by seven more members from the previous year’s membership.
  • Have 33% or more of your student Body involved in FCCLA. advisers must notify the state office by March 1st.
  • Retain your membership at last year’s number and you can purchase tickets for $5.00 per member. Retaining members must have a minimum of 12 members and register by March 1st.

Written by State President Elect Mya Christensen.

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,

  • and the Resilient You.stubod-2-new

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 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


Say Yes to Leadership


Say Yes to Leadership

As FCCLA members, we are presented with numerous opportunities to be a leader. Being a leader may not be as daunting as it sounds, leadership roles can come in various forms:img_8558

  • Being a captain of a sports team
  • Doing community service
  • Becoming a FCCLA officer in your state, area, or chapterSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Leadership is a valuable skill that is used throughout your entire life and developing your leadership skills during your high school career will only make you more prepared when presented with leadership roles later on in life.  You may gain many leadership opportunities through FCCLA by participating in:

National Leadership Conference: Attending the NLC will allow you to gain leadership experience while meeting new people and exploring new places.

STAR Events: Doing a STAR Event will allow you to focus on an area of your interest while gaining many valuable life skills.goodhue-at-san-diego

State Conference: At State Conference, you can meet many people from your state and attend inspiring sessions with rewarding speakers.

By Taya Lindquist, Minnesota Vice President of Resource and Development

See the Results of the State Government Elections Up Close with FCCLA SHADOW DAY Feb 1!


What happened with the Elections?  MN FCCLA members will have a chance to see the Capitol, watch policy makers in their careers and see how the daily lives of legislators work by being a participant in Shadow Day 2017. This years Shadow Day will be February 1.

A favorite activity of many FCCLA members has been SHADOW DAY!

An application for members to do this experience of shadowing a legislator is on the MN FCCLA website. So start thinking about who was elected or not….. You could maybe shadow them in action on February 1.






Start on STAR Events! It might take you to Nashville!


It’s Fun! Work individually or as a team! Show us what you know and have learned! Set you goal to get to Nashville for the National FCCLA competitions in July.

We strongly encourage anyone to do a STAR Event (Students Taking Action with Recognition).  Doing a STAR Event is a great chance to explore your future with FCCLA. Members can compete with their STAR Event at the area, state, and/or national level.goodhue-at-san-diego

Here are just five reasons do a STAR Event:

There is a STAR Event category for everyone! STAR Events can also help you develop new passions and interests. Be sure to talk to your chapter advisor and I am sure you will be able to find the perfect category for you.

Your STAR Event can take you to Nashville, Tennessee.  Doing a STAR Event allows you to attend are, state, and/or national. Participating in these meetings is a phenomenal experience and you can meet many amazing members just like you!nashville-2013

STAR Events not only can make an impact on your life, but it may influence those around you. Most STAR Events involve some form of community service allowing you to make a difference in your community and/or school.

Doing a STAR Event also helps you develop life skills that you can use in your future career. STAR Events also help you with college readiness! Participating in a STAR Event can help you be successful in any profession you chose to do in the future.

You develop time management, leadership, public speaking, organization, and countless other skills by participating in a STAR Event.

Be sure to talk to your chapter advisor to choose the perfect category for you. Competing in a STAR Event is not designed to scare you, but to show off what you have accomplished. The most important part is to have fun and enjoy the process.

See competitive events handbooks and rules. See the website: is where the national rulebook is located. Advisers have access to this as they affiliate chapters.

State handbook and rules are in the Competitive Events section of this website. There are 50 different events.



The Top 5 Reasons To Do A STAR Event


I strongly encourage anyone to do a STAR Event (Students Taking Action with Recognition).  Doing a STAR Event is a great chance to explore your future with FCCLA. Members can compete with their STAR Event at the area, state, and/or national level.

Here are just five reasons do a STAR Event:

There is a STAR Event category for everyone! STAR Events can also help you develop new passions and interests. Be sure to talk to your chapter advisor and I am sure you will be able to find the perfect category for you.

Your STAR Event can take you to Nashville, Tennessee.  Doing a STAR Event allows you to attend are, state, and/or national. Participating in these meetings is a phenomenal experience and you can meet many amazing members just like you!nashville-2013

STAR Events not only can make an impact on your life, but it may influence those around you. Most STAR Events involve some form of community service allowing you to make a difference in your community and/or school.

Doing a STAR Event also helps you develop life skills that you can use in your future career. STAR Events also help you with college readiness! Participating in a STAR Event can help you be successful in any profession you chose to do in the future.

You develop time management, leadership, public speaking, organization, and countless other skills by participating in a STAR Event.

Be sure to talk to your chapter advisor to choose the perfect category for you. Competing in a STAR Event is not designed to scare you, but to show off what you have accomplished. The most important part is to have fun and enjoy the process.reg-4-star-events-2015

I look forward to hearing what you have achieved by daring to explore with a STAR Event!

Taya Lindquist, Vice-President of Resource and Development

Get Your FAMILY AT THE TABLE Photos Done By Dec 3 for the #FCCLA@theTable December Photo Contest


#FCCLA@theTable December Photo Contest

As FCCLA members, we know the importance of family. After all, family is our central focus as an organization. During the Holidays, our families gather to celebrate and spend quality time together. This usually includes enjoying a meal together without all of the distractions from our everyday lives. Yes, this includes technology. Statistics have shown that there are so many benefits of eating meals together as a family. That’s what FCCLA @ the Table is all about!

Chapter officers network and work together in Region 3.


During the month of December, National FCCLA is focusing on this national campaign by promoting the hashtag #FCCLA@theTable. Minnesota FCCLA has decided to run a contest in conjunction with this. It’s as simple as snapping a picture of your family enjoying a meal together and posting it on social media with the hashtags #FCCLA@theTable and #MNFCCLA. Please make sure you have both of these hashtags when you post your picture and, if possible, please tag MN FCCLA in the post as well! Please enter only one photo in the contest. (The photo must be FCCLA appropriate or the post must be taken down and that member will lose his/her privilege to enter the contest.)

The names of the participants will be entered in a drawing at state for a special prize! The participants’ photos may also be used in a special display at state, so we encourage you all to post your picture during this upcoming holiday season and enter in the contest! The deadline to post your picture is December 31st. Good luck and Happy Hofcclathetable_logo-1homemade-chicken-pot-pie-llidays!

Calling all Occupational Members! We have a leadership role for you!


Occupational Representative to the State FCCLA Officer Team

Deadline for application: December 20, 201620151013_095629_4

  • Applicants must be current occupational members. (not comprehensive category of membership)
  • Applicants may be from any chapter with occupational members.

As determined by the MN FCCLA Board of Directors, this position is a pilot and is a representative to the State Officer Team. The term is from January 2017 to end of the school year.

The occupational representative (s) would be asked to do these things:

  • Attend the Shadow Day February 1, 2017 in St Paul and represent FCCLA as a member who would shadow a legislator. Be part of the FCCLA members who are shadowing legislators on February 1.
  • Attend the State Conference 2017 and help the State Officer team and advisers to do tasks that are needed such as helping with registration, handing out materials, assisting with medal awards sessions, and helping to introduce speakers, doing tasks such as the scavenger hunt table, etc.CK9Z9arUYAA97Qj

The Representatives to the State Executive Council will be selected from applications and informed about this selection in January 2017.

A training session would be organized with the Executive Director after January to prepare for some of the tasks.





With this year’s State Conference coming up, it’s time to start thinking about having your chapter donate a basket to the annual silent auction.  Donating a basket is an excellent way to give back to the organization that has provided so many opportunities for you.


The State Executive Council has set a goal of raising three-thousand dollars for our organization through the silent auction. I strongly believe we can accomplish this goal with your help. The proceeds will help FCCLA continue leadership programs throughout Minnesota and impact members like you!

Be sure to check out the silent auction room to check out all the amazing baskets that have been donated! Always plan to bring a little extra cash to bid on these great baskets.

Contact the State FCCLA Office if you have any questions.

Taya Lindquist, Vice-President of Resource and Development




A common question this fall has been “Where is the National STAR Events Handbook?

It is not on the public site of the national website any longer. It is in the affiliation section of your chapter affiliation. When you enter your chapter affiliation site- it will be in the “resources”.

The Minnesota STAR and SKILLS Handbook is on the MN website in Competitive Events. The STAR Events registration for Regional levels will be open in November. Registration will be by January STAR Event.


Entry Deadline- Region level- January 6, 2017

The Qualifying Area STAR Events will be held in January.
MN Skill Events (there are 10) can be registered when you register for State Conference.

It’s Fall-Remember to Affiliate Your Chapters by Nov 1


November 1 is coming! The dues deadline is November 1. Log on to the affiliation site and update your chapter information and enter names of members. After Nov 1, your services will not be as robust- so do your first affiliations by Nov 1 for full benefits.p1030374


  • The spelling of Names is very important.
  • Grades are very important as it will link into STAR Event information later.
  • You can always add more names, but try to get your initial affiliation done by Nov 1.
  • Dues are $20 per member. Send the money to National FCCLA for all dues. They reimburse the state dues to us.


Lump sum membership is possible for Middle level and Urban membership of a large urban school district (such as Anoka- Hennepin or Msp, St Paul).

Give the gift of Membership to your students!





You get awards Only if you APPLY!

Two Minnesota Chapters score big national financial awards!

 Minnesota FCCLA had 186 delegates attend the National Leadership Conference in San Diego, California. Two schools received awards at Nationals.


Wadena Deer Creek was the Student Body Program National Winner. Their project titled “WE Scare Hunger” was inspired by their local food-shelf. They wanted to help local families that needed help. The chapter got their message out by using social media about what they were going to do. They were going to go trick-or-treating for food items that theyIMG_8650 could give to their local food shelf. During that night the members received 640 pounds worth of food that they could give to their food shelf. For their follow up, the members gave a workshop to the people who donated about how their contributions helped their community.




IMG_8651Spring Lake Park was awarded two different awards. Their chapter was a runner up in the Career Connection category at Nationals. The chapter created a project called “Getting in Gears for Family Careers”. The members created a career/college fair which included jobs related to Family and Consumer Sciences. The career fair provided opportunities for the students to interact with workers in a specific job field. Spring Lake Park also was awarded $5,000 in charitable grants and $2,000 worth of technology products. This was awarded through Lead2Feed. Congratulations to these chapters for their amazing representation of Minnesota FCCLA!


Mya Christensen, Minnesota State President-Elect


Being an FCCLA Adviser


IMG_8285Touch the Future- Work with FCCLA youth!

Being in FCCLA can be a difficult job, but it can also be rewarding.  Minnesota FCCLA is proud of all of our advisors.  One MN FCCLA has received a national award!

Katie Pollock, from Hinkley-Finlayson, is a relatively new adviser.  She started teaching FACS and advising her FCCLA chapter, this past year.  She has won the Spirit of Advising Award which “recognizes chapter advisers who are constantly faithful, often quietly working behind the scenes to ensure the success of their students.”  I had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Pollock about winning this award.

What was running through your mind when you received the notification that you had won the award?

I was surprised and excited all at the same IMG_5571time! I had heard of other awesome advisers receiving this award in past years and I felt honored to be one of the recipients.

What makes you the most happy when advising your FCCLA chapter?

I find the most happiness when members from the chapter come to me with ideas and a plan of how they want to execute that idea! I love seeing students step up and take action for something they care about and FCCLA is the perfect organization to help students plan and carry out their ideas!

Since you are a new adviser, what is one piece of advice you would give to NEW advisers and what is one thing that surprised you when you first started?

As a new adviser I found it helpful to get in contact with other advisers in my Region so I could ask questions and share ideas. I also found it important to talk with my principal about FCCLA and what we are about. My principal was excited and surprised to hear about all the different things FCCLA does and gave me ideas for some volunteer opportunities within the school district and community.

I started my FCCLA journey as a student member in 6th grade, now that I am an adviser I have a whole new perspective on how much behind the scenes work goes into a successful FCCLA chapter, region and state.


With Unlimited Possibilities,


Jacob Just

Minnesota FCCLA State President





It’s that time of year again! Time to announce the 2016-2017 Minnesota FCCLA State Theme! Drum roll please…”DARE to Explore with MN FCCLA!”

state theme 2016-2017

Define goals

Accept the challenge

Recognize your leadership potential

Enhance our future


When you begin an adventure you must first define any goals you may have as an individual, as a group, and/or as an organization. Without goals, no one would be able to accomplish anything. Goals are the destination of your adventure, and knowing what they are helps you to determine your path to reach those goals.

You then must accept the challenge. This could be the challenge of starting the adventure. It could be overcoming a personal challenge, or it could be one that the group or organization faces. Everyone is met with different challenges throughout their adventures. It’s up to you to accept the challenge and face it head on to overcome.

One of the most important parts of an adventure is recognizing your leadership potential. Whether you’re exploring new opportunities throughout your adventure as an individual, or if you’re exploring with a group, everyone has leadership potential that they can use throughout the journey to reach their goals.

Lastly, new adventures bring new opportunities that enhance our future when we do dare to explore. We are not only enhancing our future as individuals, we are also enhancing the future of our organization, our communities, and our world. That is why is it so important to DARE to Explore with MN FCCLA! The state officer team is very excited about this new theme for the year and hope that you are too! Good luck this year, and stay tuned for more information about the theme!

written by Johannah Nielsen, State Secretary


Building Excitement for Involvement …Ideas for the Year


5 FCCLA Chapter Ideas for the Year

Planning activities and events that an FCCLA chapter can do together can be difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are some simple and fun ideas that any chapter can complete throughout the whole school year!IMG_4391-560x373


  1. At the Moviesmovies

Popcorn, a good movie, and great friends are the best way to start the weekend. As a chapter, what better way to enjoy each other’s company other than having a movie night? Whether it’s a scary movie, the funniest movie you have ever seen, or maybe just your typical chick flick, everyone loves a great movie. Who wouldn’t love a night spent in the school, a night out on the town, or at a friend’s house? So sit back and enjoy the movie!


  1. New PlacesJerry and bi plane

If your chapter meetings are becoming a little boring and are in need of a little something new, try changing the meeting space. Going to the bowling alley, ice skating rink, or a pool party for a chapter meeting is a great way to change it up a little. Sometimes the change of scenery creates the perfect environment to keep people engaged and keep them active in the chapter.

  1. Get Active!stubod (1)

FCCLA has a national program, Student Body, focusing on a fit and healthy you. And what better way to do that and still have fun than going to the local park and starting a game of kickball, softball, tennis or any other sport?! Sometimes it’s also nice to play a good old fashioned game of Pokemon Go! and catching all those Pokemon creatures together as a chapter!


  1. TheBog SNowmanmed Holiday Parties

, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are some great reasons to get together for a little celebration with your chapter. Dress up in your wackiest costume and celebrate with your chapter for Halloween. During Christmas, our adviser makes our whole chapter lasagna and we all pass around gifts to each other. But you could also turn these holidays into a community service project to fit your community’s needs.  Wade a Deer Creek got a national award for trick or treating for food shelf items. What could your chapter do?


  1. Color paint cans

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    Arts and Crafts Night

As a chapter, the members can do arts and crafts together. A craft that can be done at any age is key. Websites such as Pinterest can offer fun, simple, and creative ideas that your chapter can try. Why not have a friendly competition among members with your arts and crafts activity with winners winning prizes? One example of the prizes could be the winner picking the fun activity for the next meeting.


written by Gracie Vatthauer, Representative to the Board of Directors

Say Yes to Leadership



As FCCLA members, we are presented with numerous opportunities to be a leader. Being a leader may not be as daunting as it sounds, leadership roles can come in various forms:

  • Being a captain of a sports team
  • Doing community service
  • Becoming a FCCLA officer in your state, area, or chapterVoting delegates at NLC







Leadership is a valuable skill that is used throughout your entire life and developing your leadership skills during your high school career will only make you more prepared when presented with leadership roles later on in life.  You may gain many leadership opportunities through FCCLA by participating in:

  • National Leadership Conference: Attending the NLC will allow you to gain leadership experience while meeting new people and exploring new places.
  • STAR Events: Doing a STAR Event will allow you to focus on an area of your interest while gaining many valuable life skills.Grand Meadow at san diego
  • State Conference: At State Conference, you can meet many people from your state and attend inspiring sessions with rewarding speakers.

By Taya Lindquist, Minnesota Vice President of Resource and Development



2016 State Officer reflects on all that FCCLA has meant, especially the National Conference involvement.

by Courtney Dinsmore


“As I reflect on this recent National FCCLA Conference event, going to National Leadership Conference was all about developing one’s self into the leader and person I know I can be. As a teenager on an adventure, it began with the airplane ride, but as a member it began with the opening general session.

The convention center was flooded in red as over 8,500 people made their way to the second floor pavilion. Walking through the pavilion was nothing but a maze of states. State Officers were standing up on chairs, holding the state flags, leading their state’s (songs) “rousers”. Each state announced their presence with their songs. It was unforgettable, and maybe even better than last year in Washington D.C.
As a past state officer, I stood in front of 1,800 members. The national officers stood in front of over 8,500, flawlessly reciting scripts full of announcements and awards. That alone was mind blowing to me. Members as a whole recited our creed with the national officers. We are many individuals on many different journeys, but we united as one on this week. [Read more…]



Getting the message out is important! We work hard to have a quality FCCLA State Conference for over 1200 people for 3 days.

Any one of these results in media and attention to what is happening would be great news! So enjoy the positive messages. Learning, showing our skills, having fun in FCCLA and making new friends was the result of 3 action packed days in Bloomington, MN.

MN FCCLA State Conference resulted in positive media coverage, recognition from the Governor’s office and evidence of student’s applied academic progress through FCCLA Programs and projects.

RADIO SHOW: KDWA Radio Reporter has done a 3 part radio show.  Part 1 of a three part radio interview featuring Maxine Peterson, Jacob Just and speaker Mark Lindquist.


PART 1 RADIO SHOW- FROM STATE CONFERENCE ON KDWA RADIO featuring Max Peterson, Jacob Just and Speaker Mark Lindquist.














VIDEO MESSAGE from Senator Al Franken

Photos from the 2016 State Conference.








NEED YOUR HELP ON THURSDAY, April 14 or Friday, April 15starico

in Bloomington, MN


Needed: STAR Event evaluators for student’s presentations on Thursday and Friday April 14 and 15.
Here is what we need yet.
Message me if you can do this It is in Bloomington MN.
Greatly appreciated!
Session I THURSDAY APRIL 14 12-4 pm Judges come at 11 am
#22 Stop the Violence (Preventing bullying)
#7 Just Like R. Ray(1) (Food Demo)
#15 Social Zone (2) ( Social Media smarts)
#16 Taking Care of Yourself )4) ( Healthy lifestyle)
#18 My relationship Status (1) (Family and teen dating issues)
Session II THURSDAY EVENING 7-10 pm Judges come at 6 pm
#35 Chapter Service Display (Service projects)
#12 Caring for Kids )1) (Child Care)
#13 Foodies (1) ( Preparing Food topics)
Session III FRIDAY MORNING 8-12 noon Judges come at 7 am
#30 Life Event Planing (2) #30 Life Event Planning (1)
#36 CSP (2) Chapter Service portfolios
#32 Parli Procedure (1) (Simulated Parliamentary Procedure demo)
#39 National Programs in Action (2)
Session IV FRIDAY AFTERNOON- 12-4 pm Judges come at 11 am
#3 Laws of Life (Character Ed essays) (1)
#6 Show Me ( Demonstrations on A skill)
#34 Job Interview-1
#37/38 Chapter in Review (1)(What they have done all year)11008784_10206358858320068_3999912688347726391_n





APRIL 14 and 15 in Bloomington, MN.

Please respond to this link:


Help our student members get feedback on their projects, future career plans and skills for success.





On Friday, April 15, during the State Conference, we will focus on a Teen Driving Summit called the Safest Summer Ever! Summer is the deadliest season for teens, with an average of 422 deaths per month, (compared to 363 traffic deaths per month during the rest of the year).

May is also a month of many traffic deaths with graduations, prom season and many distractions…

This prom season we want to make sure that you are as safe as possible out on the roads!

Here are some tips to get you home with safety.




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  • Limit the number of kids in the car, and make sure that you will be the only driver of your car.
  • Insist that everyone wears a seat belt even if it means a few clothing wrinkles.
  • Instill the importance of concentration behind the wheel. (Teenage passengers can be distracting and cause the driver to be careless. Also, they will see all of their friends when they get to Prom- No need to be texting or on the phone while driving!)
  • Make sure you know the importance of driving defensively on a night when the accident rate is high.
  • Plan ahead to know exactly where you are going, even if you have to scout the trip during daylight hours. (This includes any post prom party locations.)
  • Realize the dangers of drinking and driving. No matter how confident a teenager is about his or her abilities, there will be temptations on prom night. (Remind yourself of the number of people killed by drunk drivers!)
  • Make sure you have a charged cellphone to contact your parents if you need help.
  • If you are given an extended curfew, realize how fatigue can also cause accidents. Maybe your best choice is to stay at a friend’s house closer to where you prom is held.
  • Another possible choice to avoid some of these problems is to hire a driver for the night. This way you don’t have to worry about being too tired to drive, and you can carpool with your friends!

I hope you keep all of these tips in mind this prom season. Prom will be tons of fun, so just make sure you make it home to tell about it!

Written by Andrew Backman, State Officer






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  1. Schools are looking for FACS teachers to apply for open positions.
  2. The content is interesting to study.
  3. You can have a variety of jobs with a family and consumer sciences degree.-Human Services, Hospitality, Culinary, Early Childhood, Education and Training- just to name a few of the areas,
  4. The FACS degree will give you transferable skills.
Family and Consumer Science (FCS) classes are comprehensive classes that provide secondary and postsecondary students the opportunity to explore and FCS_Icon_Onlyprepare for many different types of careers. Some of these include careers in culinary, education, early childhood, fashion design, interior design, and human services. For many years, these classes have given students the skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary for their futures, allowing them to manage their finances; balance their personal, family, and work lives; strengthen their well­being; and access their creative and critical thinking skills to address problems in their home and community. They give students an understanding of the real world and a connection to their community with community service projects and real life applications.


The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences began the “Say Yes to FCS : Filling the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Pipeline” campaign. They need YOU to consider studying  Family and Consumer Sciences; to realize the impact that FCS programs have on training America’s workforce; to recognize the role that these programs have on the quality of life; and finally, to speak up for FCS education and make it a priority for graduation requirements.

Future FACS teachers?

With the “Say Yes to FCS” campaign, they are also seekiIMG_6755ng for new educators to teach these classes. There are several universities in the Minnesota area that offer Family and Consumer Sciences Education as a major, including South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD; North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND; Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, MN; St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN; and the University of Wisconsin ­Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. The possibilities of this this career area are virtually endless. There are 13 basic career clusters: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, AV Technology and Communications; Business Management and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security; Marketing; and STEM. If you are still wondering what career area to go into, consider giving Family and Consumer Sciences a try.

Written by Tatym Zins- State Officer

What I have learned in FCCLA so far? …Well the list is long, to be honest.



Believe it or not, this organization showed up out of the blue and changed the way I lived my life completely. State FCCLA staff, Wendy and Shelly brought FCCLA to my Early Childhood and Elementary Careers class and rocked my world a little over a year ago in some unexpected ways.IMG_6062

For one, I’m definitely no longer shy anymore. It is such an incredible feeling to not want to hide behind a rock every time I have to stand in front of an audience or talk to people I do not know. It was something I could not even imagine last fall! This has helped me immensely. Without this new confidence, I would not be able to do my job. I work in a coffee shop, which means interacting with people on a daily basis! Thank you to FCCLA for teaching me to be confident.
Speaking of communicating, I can now send emails! Before, to me emails were for professionals and people born in earlier generations than I. Why not just text? Well, now I understand why and how to write an email that was obviously not written by a teenage girl. I have emailed some Minnesota representatives’ assistants to get meetings with them while we were in Washington, D.C. this past July. I have been emailing people to invite them to take part in the career fair at the state conference! I have also been able to email my professors without any problem. It has been a very useful skill to have, and it will only continue to gain value as I get older. Emailing is only one example of my newfound communication skills. Thank you FCCLA for teaching me to be able to communicate with people in ways I was unable to before.IMG_6754
The last major skill I have learned and probably the most important is leadership. This probably seems cliché to you, however I am completely serious. It goes along with the communicating and being confident, as well as knowing how to handle myself in public and being a role model as much as I can be. Being a leader means holding yourself together, even when things (and occasionally people) around you may be crumbling to pieces. When you are a leader, people look up to you and look to you to lead them, so be a leader and lead them. This has proven to be helpful more and more every day. It comes in handy at school, at work, and in many other settings as well. Thank you to FCCLA for giving me the gift of leadership and teaching me how to use it.

Odds are, if you are reading this, you are in FCCLA as well and may have learned similar things or at least be in the process of learning these things. My only regret when it comes to FCCLA is FCCLA and I not crossing paths earlier. FCCLA would not be FCCLA without the incredible people involved in it, and a major part of me being able to learn these things are the people who have become a part of my life since joining FCCLA; Wendy Ambrose and Shelly Barrett especially, my advisers Cherry Cramer and Mrs. Anderson, along with all of the state officers, advisers, and members I have met so far.

Written by -Courtney Dinsmore-State OfficerSAM_4974

In memory of Lois Hagel-Retired Director of HERO


Written by Wendy Ambrose

CNN news was airing a show about “Who has influenced your life?”. Reporters were telling who had encouraged them and who had been mentors to them. MN FCCLA lost a special lady this week.

For many years, I worked along side Lois Hagel as she was the Director of MN HERO. In the early years of the we worked together in the Dept of Education building when it was 550 Cedar Street. We worked together at Inver Grove Heights in an elementary school classrooms where all the CTSO Executive Directors worked from. We shared a lot of conferences, national meeting travel plans and worked with students and teachers in FHA (FLA), HEART and HERO and FCCLA. When you work long hours and situations of conference “stress” you come to know another person pretty well. Yellow was her favorite color in flowers.lovely_flowers-t1

Lois was fun to work with, and worked with integrity, optimism, and sincerity. Lois has been remembered by many facebook posts as a gem, a special lady, a true good hearted person, a caring professional, dedicated and “sweet lips”. If you came to her with a problem, she always made you feel you were listened to, even if she could not solve your issue. She had a special way of customer service. She cared about everyone- it did not matter who you were. She cared. Her husband Leroy was a true friend to the organization also as he helped with conferences, offering his carpentry and wood working skills as fixing things, and for me “dog sitting” or whatever was needed.

Lois will be missed and she is a fine example of the “Encourage the Heart” exemplary leadership trait. She was a wonderful example of the family and consumer sciences’ teacher spirit. Her husband Leroy said “Lois’s heart was always in her work and a scholarship in her honor would be a wonderful way to honor her memory.” We honor her memory with a scholarship fund for MN FCCLA students to be used for national conference funding. More details will be available soon for an online donation site for this scholarship and checks can also be sent to MN FCCLA at PO 131386, Roseville, MN 55113.

The Service celebrating Lois’ life will be Jan 28, Thursday at 11:00 am at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in Medina, MN. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am.

Link to the service information:



Your One-Stop Shop for STAR Events


Are you competing in a STAR Event this year?

Great!  If not, maybe this will help you change that decision. STAR Events are a great way for you to improve upon your public speaking, teamwork, and deadline-meeting skills. There are over 50 events for you to try!  But, I want to focus on just a few.


If you are someone who likes working with technology, check out FCCLA’s Online STAR Events!  One example is Chapter Website Design. In this event, you make a chapter website and are judged on your design, organization skills, and the content of your site!  In this event you submit your website to the national office for scoring. If your project does well, you will receive a notification if that your STAR Event is eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference!  There you present your website to judges, allowing you to work on your public speaking and presentation skills!IMG_6058


If technology isn’t your area, don’t worry, there are plenty of STAR Events to choose from!  Another event you should check out is Job Interview! With this event you will learn skills that you will definitely need for getting a job in the future.  In this event, you use the knowledge gained in Family and Consumer Sciences classes to participate in a mock job interview.  You also need to create a portfolio that shows the judges you can complete the application and you know about the job you are applying for!IMG_6073

If all of these seem like they take a lot of time, you’re right!  STAR Events that advance to the National level take time to research, write, and practice, but it’s all worth it in the end!

All of the events mentioned are National STAR Events, which means you have the opportunity to advance to the National Leadership IMG_6062Conference, but Minnesota has developed its own set of STAR Events that compete at the State Conference!

If you are a busy student, it’s hard to find time to work on your STAR Event.  You need a computer, a portfolio, and all sorts of components for your project.  But, one Minnesota STAR Event in particular doesn’t require a portfolio or a presentation.

Everyday Equations is a STAR Event where you participate in a math test.  Math questions include, but are not limited to, recipe conversions, income tax, and square footage.

STAR Event rules and guidelines are on the website and also on the national website 

I hope I was able to help you decide on your STAR Event that you want to compete in.  There are many to choose from, and it may be hard to decide, but in the words of Exec Director Wendy Ambrose, “Options give you power.”IMG_5511

Written By Jacob Just- State President-Elect



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

The Future’s So Bright! You Got to Wear Shades! Two new opportunities coming


Opportunity ahead signThese two opportunities are: Career Day and New Advisers Training!

New Advisers and those wishing to learn more…- We want you to come and learn together with a group of Advisers. Best practice advisers, state officers and staff will help you get a good grip on being an outstanding FCCLA Adviser!

Learn about the STAR Events, National Programs, How to manage a vibrant chapter! What can you do as classroom activities? How can you manage? Advisers training for new advisers or those wishing to learn more!

Download : FCCLA Cohort Application 2015

Adviser Training 

January 9, 2016 Doubletree Bloomington Hotel

Cost $15.00

Applications due Nov 28, 2015

See more information on the Advisers page.

Did you know there were 104 new restaurants opened recently in the twin cities? Where do the workers come from? What is the job forecast for culinary and hospitality careers?
It’s exploding! So come and learn more about possibilities for your careers in these fields.

Download: Career Day flyer


Career Day 2015 Dec 11

For students in culinary, ad
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Learn more about careers in hospitality and foods careers.

Applications due Dec 1 Limited space. First come, first serve…

We challenge youth leaders to be “Agents of (Positive) Change”!



The state theme “FCCLA: Agents of Change” was chosen by the 2015-2016 state officer team to challenge themselves and members to.

  • Be the change they want to see.

  • Make the most of their time in FCCLA honoring the past and improving the future.

  • Search for new beginnings and discover something new.

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Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teachers- in demand! FACS education= a very wide open career field!


Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teachers- in demand! FACS education= a very wide open career field!

FACS education is a very transferable career area with the skills, knowledge for many careers in managing personal life and family, a wide variety of content areas and the ability to be creative, use critical thinking and skills for life. According to one Minnesota college program, there are 64 FACS positions open currently in Minnesota and only about 4 FACS graduates this year.

A recent all day Summit at AAFCS American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Education focused on the shortage of FACS teachers in the nation. Teachers, State FACS supervisors, FCCLA Directors, College Professors, Extension service professionals and National Professional organizations all gathered in Jacksonville, Florida for the “Summit for Filling the FACS Pipeline” with more FACS teachers.

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SAY “Yes to FACS” is a campaign to peek the interest of secondary students to choose FACS teaching as a career or post secondary students to switch their majors and start a career in a field that is interesting and seeking potential hires.


Some of the strategies include

  • Conducting research on the number of schools seeking a FACS teacher.
  • More marketing for FACS education as a career choice to high school and middle school students
  • Career spotlight for high school counselors.
  • Increased publicity of the variety of FACS related careers which include: early childhood, interior design, social work, human services, culinary, dietetics, FCCLA Adviser, FACs classroom teacher.

MN FCCLA members can study about being a FACS teacher with the Teach and Train STAR Event, Do an Advocacy STAR Event to do a campaign about FACS education, or learn more in Career Connections National FCCLA program.

Download this video about becoming a FACS teacher:

FACS education= a very wide open career field! Want a job when you graduate? Try FACS education!




MN FCCLA State Exec Council uses creative and critical thinking skills to work together as a team. The team is lively and fun. With 3 days of training behind them, they are excited to start their leadership year. 

Fun at June Exec!

What do you call that time when state officers come together in June for an AMAZING time?  Oh, that’s right! June Exec!!!  From June 22-24, your Minnesota FCCLA State Executive Council met to brainstorm and plan events and activities for the year!IMG_5641
Upon arrival, your state officers got to know a little bit more about each other, reviewed our roles as state leaders, and reviewed data from the 2015 State Conference.  One highlights of day one was creating the 2015-2016 state theme.  Although I won’t say it, I will tell you this… Be prepared to search for new leadership skills with FCCLA!

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Congratulations to all of our FCCLA members graduating!


May you set high goals and achieve them!

What did our seniors say ?

We surveyed the seniors at State Conference 2015.


Favorite FCCLA memories? Top 3 answers were:

  • Attending State Conference 55%

  • Attending National Conference 14%

  • Meeting new people and making friends 11%

What did they learn through FCCLA? Top answers were:

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  • Leadership
  • Planning and organization
  • Social Skills
  • Communication


What areas were top for further career interests?

  • Education
  • Medical
  • Early Childhood education

Some quotes for graduates….

Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.Marian Wright Edelman
We don’t stop going to school wheSAM_5220n we graduate.Carol Burnett


“Options give you power….”Wendy Ambrose


WHAT MN FCCLA MEMBERS ARE SAYING-Some surprises… Some not!



We surveyed over 632 grade 6-12 grade MN FCCLA members in April.

Emotional Health is on their minds. Dropping out of school is not on their minds.IMG_0020


Value of FCCLA: FCCLA members rank “Motivation” and “Speaking Skills” as a top skill that FCCLA has given them. (69% of all members surveyed said this) MN FCCLA Survey 2015.




90% said State Conference is a favorite part of being a member of FCCLA.









What they LOVE: Our Members LOVE the competitive events (STAR Events) as only 4% said that reducing the amount of STAR event options for them would be beneficial to them.


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Low Drop Out Rate of Members: Less than 4% of FCCLA members know of a member who has dropped out of school.

Emotional Health is on their minds: As many as 44% of members said they think about their emotional health “all the time.” Its ever higher (54%) for 12th graders.

Less that 13% have talked about their emotional healthy with their friends.

85% of members surveyed said they are hopeful about their futures.

Skills: 81% said FCCLA helps them set priorities.SAM_3831

75% said FCCLA helps them to be ore goal oriented.



Barriers: Over 50% admit that their biggest barrier to success is “themselves”.

Future plans: Surprisingly, Over ½ of the 11th grade boys want to be a teacher.

How members communicate: Texting is the main form of communication.  Only 21% use Skype as a way of communicating.


Source: MN FCCLA Members Survey of 632 members in grades 6-12, State Conference STAR Event members surveyed, April 2015.


MN FCCLA impacts over 34,569 people with Service Projects for Global Youth Service Day.


Showing 21st century learning skills, MN FCCLA members can examine critical issues, develop communication skills, think critically and develop projects that benefit their communities.


Being the Lead State Agency for Global Youth Service Day, (GYSDAY) MN FCCLA has served as a cheerleader, communicator and encouraged FCCLA members, their peers and schools to be involved in service-learning. GYSDAY is  Service Learning is a learning strategy that enabled youth to dig into issues, determine solutions, impact their communities and bring awareness, direct service or philanthropic efforts in their projects.

Partnering with Youth Service America, or YSA, MN FCCLA has impacted over 34,569 people in Minnesota this season with GYSDAY projects. YSA is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed “to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally.”IMG_5307

We know that the numbers only paint a picture of some of the involvement of MN FCCLA. From the 2015 MN FCCLA Service Projects Information from Service Parade data sheets we have learned that MN FCCLA chapters did direct service, raised awareness and funds for issues. 

Direct Service projects-14858 impacted, 6282 participants, 470 youth involved

Philanthropic projects, 12000 impacted, 800 participants, 304 youth involved

Awareness projects, 6611 impacted, 3736 Participants, 318 youth involved.

  • Totals
  • 31,426 impacted
  • 10818 Participants
  • 1092 Youth involved.
  • Plus State conference project=1100 youth involved.
  • Total youth involved 1092 plus 1100 =2192 total youth involved.
  • Total Impact 34,569


How did our Lead State Agency role help us to increase youth’s capacity to serve?

  • Some learning with service projects was specific to the topic of the effort.
  • Some commented that:  “I learned that most students spend too much on coffee and snacks.” “I learned it is fun to work with grades 6-8.”
  • Many increased their appreciation for healthy lifestyles: “Eating healthy and active playing can help your heart and make you feel good.” “We increased health awareness.”
  • Many expressed that they now feel more connected to community and can see the results of their efforts played out.  “It is great to contribute to community.”
  • “It is a great way to get everyone in the school and community involved in a common cause to help fund cancer victims and their families.” “It’s hard to get everyone involved.”IMG_5309
  • “Always makes us feel like we are part of community when we give back to them in some way for the support they give to us.”

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Saturday State Conference speaker…Learn who it is this week.


Announcing the MN FCCLA State Conference speaker for April 18 Saturday!


Who is an alumni of FCCLA?

Who is a celebrity from a national TV reality show?

Who will challenge you to focus on attitude, determination, confidence, desire, faith, and perseverance?

She is all these 3 things.

Check out the website this week for this State Conference Speaker “revealed”…

We are very excited to host this speaker for the 2015 State Conference!

Speaker Mystery….Who Will Speak at State FCCLA Conference?



Check back here to learn more about what is coming!


The speakers will be revealed in social media… a little mystery revealed each day posted in the Blog!

April 16-18, 2015 will be three incredible days of intense youth energy! Awesome motivational messages! And Celebrity style speakers… Stay Tuned to hear more about what awesomeness is coming!

FCCLA State Conference will engage students in grades 6-12 in learning, showing what you know, and encouraging each other through peer education, dynamic leadership and competitions.

What members have said about the State Conference?

“State Conference is always one of my favorite events of the year.  I get excited by the competitive aspect of STAR Events, listening to outstanding speakers, and meeting new people.  Memories are made at State Conference and I have learned so much… like taking the stairs to the 22nd floor might not be the best idea”.. A Former State Officer said. .2014-2015 state officer team






Here are some hints about what is coming up for the annual State FCCLA Conference!


HINT: A KEYNOTE SPEAKER WAS ONCE THE FASTEST MILE RUNNER. When he speaks…..You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll dream. YOU’LL LIVE!


Old Time Rock N Roll – Bob Segar, The Stripper – David Rose, I Feel Good – James Brown, Rhythm Nation – Janet Jackson, We Will Rock You – Queen, Crank That (Soulja Boy) – Soulja Boy, Lovestoned – Justin Timberlake, Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith, Shout – Otis Day and the Knights, The Hustle – Van McCoy, Shake Your Bon Bon – Ricky Martin, Movin’ On Up – Jeffersons Theme Song, Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen, Dancin’ with Myself – Billy Idol, Beer Barrel Polka, Come On Eileen – Dexy & the Midnight Runners, I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys, Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry,Boot Scootin’ Boogie – Brooks & Dunn, Car Wash – Rose Royce, We’re Off to See the Wizard – The Wizard of Oz, You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry, Cupid Shuffle – Cupid, Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
How Bizarre – OMC, Step in the Name of Love – R. Kelly, Who Let the Dogs Out – Baha Men, Bad Remix – Michael Jackson

Who is it??? Check back here soon! Mystery revealed!



Opportunities for leadership, learning competing, and for service! DEADLINES ARE COMING UP!




Another year of fabulousGET OUT YOUR CALENDAR!!! SAVE THESE DATES!!!!



“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Confucius


January 15 is the deadline to enter Mid Winter STAR EVENTS Events 1-50 at the Region level.
Chapters should use the registration form and enter your region’s mid winter competition. Forms are found in COMPETITIVE EVENTS Section of the website.


NOTE: MN FCCLA SKILL EVENTS (In MN FCCLA COMPETITION HANDBOOK) -These entries come directly to state level. Not at regions. These 12 events are not numbered. THESE ARE STATE events and some are occupational, some jr and some sr high.

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Beat the Winter Blahs!! FCCLA Things To Do in the Cold Weather


Beat the Winter Blahs!!

Seasonal Affective Disorder can set in.

So take action with some new FCCLA family friendly ideas!

Cold weather fashion

Learn how to knit mittens. Trending- fingerless mittens and gloves.

fingerless mittens

 Do a service project for a shelter or food shelf.

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Learn how to make a “comfort food” and make a family meal for the FCCLA@theTable campaign.


Read a book about leadership or an inspiring story about a leader.


Watch a movie and analyze it at your next Chapter meeting for exemplary leadership traits.



Start on your STAR Event portfolio or display.

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Decide to run for an office regional office and start working on your application.




Take a favorite family recipe and change it to be more healthy. Then enter the Recipe Rehab STAR Event.

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  • Take out your phone or camera and go outside to take awesome winter photos of landscapes and winter scenes.

Snow scene

Dress up your family pet and take them outside for a brisk walk.

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According to the Mayo clinic: “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with Scold-weather snowmanAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications.
Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the “winter blues” or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.”
So treat your SAD with FCCLA!

Family and Consumer Sciences may be a smart college path to consider!


Choosing the right major could make or break your chances at getting a job after graduation. It’s just smart to know if the major you’re interested in is likely to get you a job. To help you witgraduationsh your investigation, Family and Consumer Sciences was listed as one of the top 10 majors that report the lowest unemployment rates after graduation.

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Which career are you interested in? Did you know that Family and Consumer Sciences courses have been called ONE OF THE 10 Best Degrees for Finding a Job?

Try a STAR Event (Students Taking Action with Recognition) for developing you053 WORTHINGTON 1r career interest.

Which events lead you toward a career in teaching? Did you know that there is a shortage of teachers-especially for Family and consumer sciences and other career and technical areas?

For teaching career interests: Try these STAR Events…..

For Competitive events in the Teaching Professions/ Social Services, try these!

  • Teach & Train
  • Job Interview
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Illustrated Talks-Caring for Kids, Together We are…Family, Peace and Harmony at School.
  • Life Event Planning
  • Career Investigation
  • Interpersonal CommunicationsWheaton 2DSC_6867
  • Impromptu Speakin
  • Speak Out for FCCLA Creed Speaking
  • Business and Personal Etiquette
  • Toys that Teach

Interested in becoming a chef? Here are Competitive events for your interest in food preparation and sciences.

  • Culinary Arts
  • Applied Math for Culinary Mgt
  • Food Innovations
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Job InterviewSAM_4062
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Illustrated Talks FCCLA@the Table Recipe Rehab
  • Life Event Planning
  • Career Investigation
  • Environmental Ambassador
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Cold Sandwich Preparation
  • Culinary Food Art
  • Culinary Knife Skills
  • Culinary Math Challenge
  • Business and Personal Etiquette Impromptu
  • Speaking Speak Out for FCCLA
  • Creed Speaking
  • Science in FACS

Minnesota has many opportunities in tourism, and Hospitality! Try these areas for your interest in a career in hospitality.

  • Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
  • Job Interview
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Illustrated Talks-Shabby Chic.Osakis1-State Advancers
  • Life Event Planning
  • Career Investigation
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Speak Out for FCCLA
  • Creed Speaking
  • Business and Personal Etiquette
  • Science in FACS

    Want to become a dietician? These are competitive events in Dietetics, and Nutrition.

  • Job Interview
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Illustrated Talks-Recipe Rehab, Taking Care of Yourself, FCCLA @the Table.
  • Life Event Planning
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Career Investigation
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  • Speak Out for FCCLA
  • Creed Speaking
  • Science in FACS

Good luck in choosing! There are many interesting FCCLA Competitive Events?

Lights! Camera! Action ! New MN FCCLA State Theme seeks youth to develop “Their Own Story” through FCCLA.


What’s your favorite movie? Can you describe the plot? Is it funny? Inspiring? Scary? Dramatic?





Your FCCLA story is just beginning with a new school year.

Will your FCCLA story show that you made great strides in skills this year?

Will you determine a new career interest? Will you develop new friends and have great experiences at FCCLA events and conferences? Just like on a movie set, the state officers have challenged members to develop their “story” this year! [Read more…]

Welcome to service occupation students and teachers!


As we move toward the 70th anniversary year of this organization,

big things are happening!


We are looking forward to including occupational students (formerly HERO) into MN FCCLA this year.

We know all family and consumer sciences programs will have tons of opportunities for leadership, competitions and career building. We are super excited to include skill events, occupational STAR Events and programming for the fabulous students/ teachers in culinary, fashion design, interior design, early childhood, education and training , hospitality and tourism, as well as general career and technical education students.

Some of the opportunities that we are working on include:SAM_0731

  • Career exploration/ skill events.
  • Leadership opportunities
  • State Events in various skills such as culinary knife skills, culinary food art, toys that teach, impromptu speaking, cosmetology,and fashion events.

Membership will be available for comprehensive, occupational, post secondary and middle level members through FCCLA. We are expecting to affiliate on- line with National FCCLA this year. This is a change from last year. You will affiliate directly with National (not with the State FCCLA office first).

STAR Events- For 2014-2015 there are over 58 of them! Wow.. [Read more…]

Be smart, be safe and think before you post, comment, like, share or text!


FCCLA helps members develop knowledge and encourages members to be smart about what they post about themselves.SAM_3830

So what’s safe and what’s a good idea for social media posts? Did you know that employers check social media on possible hires? Did you know that colleges check social media for applicants?
Want a good reputation when you leave high school??… think about what you post and share.  MN FCCLA asked  807 members in April….



” What methods of communication do you do regularly?”

Combined Grades 6th- 12th (157Male and 650 Female Surveys- Total 807 Surveys)           

                                                                                                                   Males        Females  Combined

Twitter 38% 49% 47%
Facebook 68% 57% 59%
Texting 78% 84% 83%
Phone Calls 68% 69% 69%
Writing a letter 16% 19% 18%


According to some research teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information.

  • 91% post a photo of themselves, up from 79% in 2006.
  • 71% post their school name, up from 49%.
  • 71% post the city or town where they live, up from 61%.
  • 92% post their real name to the profile they use most often.
  • 84% post their interests, such as movies, music, or books they like.
  • 82% post their birth date.
  • 62% post their relationship status.
  • 24% post videos of themselves.

So be smart, be safe and think before you post, comment, like  or text!

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Long hours, lots of laughs, youth and adults getting out of  their “comfort zones” and growth happens!…. How does MN FCCLA Leadership Camp support positive youth development? What is going on within FCCLA’s youth development program???


Youth development is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies.

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This week is the annual MN FCCLA Leadership training camp.  It is Food, Fun, Friends and FCCLA!

FCCLA camp theme is FCCLA SuperHERO. What does a superhero youth leader do or how do they act? What is the most importan127_127t trait? Humble? Energetic? Compassionate? Knowledgeable? Or Committed? FCCLA camp has been a time of leadership training with the “fun factor”! So many years of leadership development have produced lots of skits, workshops, lip sync memories. Why does MN FCCLA conduct our leadership training WITH adults (advisers) and with so much fun factor to learning?

077_77We remember better when we are engaged.

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand”
FCCLA allows youth to try out new behaviors. It may be scary to stand up and deliver a speech.

Did you know that public speaking is the number one fear in North America? The second greatest fear is death! If you have the fear of public speaking, you are not alone.

At FCCLA Leadership training youth leaders develop presentations and can rehearse them, get feedback and make mistakes in a supportive environment.161_161 [Read more…]

Minnesota FCCLA Members Shine in Texas!


MN Delegates headed South to Texas!

MN FCCLA in TexasNational Conference 2014 is history.
SAM_3071San Antonio was a location for the National FCCLA Conference with lots of culture, good food, sights to see and a new experience in Texas and Mexican cultures.





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The Best Leaders Are Always Learning.


Exemplary Leadership- What’s it all about? FCCLA has adopted the Student Leadership Challenge as part of its leadership training. This has 5 Exemplary Leadership Traits.

Model the Way– Do you set a high standard for yourself? Figure out what is important to you. Do you set an example by aligning your actions with shared values? For example- it is a shared value to work as a team. Do you do everything you can to help your teammates succeed? SAM_0962

Inspire a Shared Vision– Do you enlist others to share your collective aspirations? How often do you use the word “we”? Leaders breathe life into the hopes and dreams of others.

Challenge the Process- be innovative, learn from your mistakes.  Leaders know well that innovation and change require them to experiment and take risks. Great leaders are great learners.

Enable Others to Act- Encourage cooperation to promote cooperative goals and build trust. Leadership is a team effort. Make heroes of other people. When you make someone feel strong and capable, that person will give all and exceed expectations.

SAM_0998Encourage the Heart– Create a spirit of community. Genuine acts of caring uplift the spirits and draw people forward.

If you want to become a better leader, study your own performance and become conscious of choices that you are making and how you are acting on your intentions.

How? By reflecting and thinking about your approach to leadership. The best leaders spend time reflecting and examining what they have done and are planning to do.

Resources: Check out books by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.  Do the Leadership STAR Event.

Graduation –FCCLA helps youth achieve their “Hopes”.


It is a season of celebrations of seniors graduating from high school and college students finishing a year of courses. A phrase in FCCLA’s creed comes to mind…. “ We face the future with warm courage and high hope!”  Members often say this phrase with added volume and enthusiasm during FCCLA Opening and Closing Ceremonies. It makes one smile because we realize that “courage and hope” are important for many reasons.graduate

Hope is defined as -a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. [Read more…]

National Award Winners X 5!


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…]

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…]

Don’t DriVE Distracted! State Summit April 11


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Picture this: You are running late to school so you grab your make-up to apply and breakfast to enjoy on your seven mile drive to school. You then realize you forgot a segment of your homework so you turn the radio down and grab your phone out of your center counsel to call your mom. And then it hits you—the oncoming car…you were driving distracted. While taking your eyes off the road to apply make-up, eat your breakfast, turn down the radio, and call your mom, you drifted into the opposite lane resulting in a life threatening car crash.Car crash - 2 cars

Did you know nearly 500,000 adults are injured due to distracted driving every year? Or that 65% of drivers use their cell phone while driving. Consider the fact that 49% of drivers under 35years of age send or read cell phone messages while driving. Wrap your head around that! Everyday nine of those individuals will die on our roadways due to distractive driving.

Sammy and Marissa with hand message - NOYS 2013

After attending the National Organization of Youth Safety (NOYS) Distractive Driving Summit in Washington, D.C. Sammy, Vice President of Public Relations, and I had a different outlook on life, the reality of distractive driving, and how we as Minnesota FCCLA State Officers can help remedy this global concern with your help.

Mark your calendars for April 11th, 2014 at 10:00-11:00am to attend our NOYS/Act Out Loud Distracted Driving Rally. This will involve a panel of distractive driving speakers, pledge signing, an interactive driving simulator and much more!

I believe we could start a chain reaction to end distractive driving in our state today.   See you on April 11th!

Written by Marissa Kuneth- State Officer




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.

Sometimes you know it is not a happenstance!


SAM_0171A chance meeting occurred on September 30, the evening before the Government Shutdown. The State FCCLA Officers were in Washington DC for Capitol Leadership Conference. On Monday night we took the late night moonlight tour of the monuments. We met Command Master Chief for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Evelyn Vonn Banks at about 10 pm on the dark steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Service to country… Servant leader attitude…. Single parent mom who challenged herself with education and training and rose in the ranks to the highest enlisted woman in the Navy. Evelyn Vonn Banks will speak at State FCCLA Conference and intrigue you with her stories of work in the Navy in Alaska, Japan, the North Arabian sea, and support for Iraqi Freedom, US Naval Academy and at the Navy Shipyard.Newspaper- Govn Shutdown 2013

Shut down sign at Washington DC

When MN FCCLA State Officers met her, she was finishing her work after the Navy Shipyard shootings and the week of funerals. She has won numerous decorations including the Legion of Merit gold star, Four gold stars for Navy and Marine Corps Commander Medals, and many more….She came there sadly to say that her dream of having a permit to do a retirement speech on the steps in Martin Luther Kings’ footprints would not be able to happen due to the government shutdown.

She knew if she came there she would meet “someone who could listen to her speech” that night… Then she met us! She gave part of her retirement speech to the State Officers- in the dark and before we had to run off to catch the trolley car waiting for us.

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Evelyn has known four U.S. Presidents personally and done ceremonial coin tosses with them at the annual Navy- Army football games. You will be most impressed with her attitude of service, both personally and professionally. A lady with a sense of humor and graciousness, you will learn a great deal from her leadership example for GYSDAY!



Take a Kick in the Attitude! Sam Glenn-State Conference Speaker will challenge your attitude.


untitled- tiger and pigs 4Keeping a check on your attitude is hard to do. Do you try to start each day with a “good attitude”? What if someone “ticks you off?”  Are you a “Glass Half Full” or a “Glass Half Empty”  sort of person?Quote by Sam Glenn

Sam Glenn- Keynote Speaker for MN FCCLA

Do you have to work with someone who has a “bad attitude?” What if each day you made it a mission to “Encourage the Heart” of another person. Would that positive gratitude attitude “spread like wildfire”?Positive Attitude

Sam Glenn- State FCCLA Conference Keynote Speaker will challenge you to take a Kick in the Attutude!

Sam Glenn’s stories and life experiences have come from his not so lucky past. To start off, his business burned down causing him to go into severe depression. It was a chance encounter, a subsequent friendship, with Zig Ziglar that eventually gave Sam a “Kick in the Attitude.” This friendship would be the thing to save Sam’s life.Sam Glenn thumbup

Within two years, Sam went from sleeping on the floor to achieving dreams he once thought impossible. Sam’s ability to turn problems into positives has made him a leading keynote covering various topic including leadership, adversity, and cultural advantages. Over the years, Sam Glenn has been a fantastic resource for FCCLA.

Sam’s energetic, and often humorous, programs engage, equip, and empower audiences with an attitude recharge that will improve performance in their professional, as well as personal, lives. His speech will literally come alive as he draws a huge chalk masterpiece. If Sam Glenn sounds like an awesome speaker to you, which he does to me, then make sure you don’t miss out on him at this year’s State Conference!

Written by Ethan Dressen-State President.

Tell Your Story! FCCLA Positively Affects Students Lives.


A children’s song goes “Hide it under a bushel-NO! I’m gonna let it shine! ” FCCLA Chapters, members, advisers- DO LET YOUR STORY BE KNOWN! The work of FCCLA as an applied learning experience is important for communities, schools and our stakeholders to know about. These are educational successes happening- please tell about it!SAM_0783

There is much newsworthy information. FCCLA has so much going on! MN FCCLA are the Global Youth Service Lead State Agency for the 12th year. Many chapters have received mini grants from Delta Dental Serve A Smile for their efforts. GYSD_2014


The State FCCLA Conference will feature some awesome speakers such as Evelyn Vonn Banks, Sam Glenn, J D Lewis, and A Don’t DriVE Distracted Summit for preventing teen crashes and a kindness and caring session continuing the work in anti bullying and Stop the Violence.

Academic applied learning done in the contest of the STAR Events in 48 categories is newsworthy


.  Statistics show that career and technical education students do better in school than the student population to reduce the achievement gap.  Our data show that FCCLA students indicate that FCCLA helps them to be better speakers, better at time management, have priorities and goals and communicate with adults more easily which are 21st century learning skills.

Use your influence and resources to “tell your story.”






Have you ever wondered how you can get one of your FCCLA projects featured in the National FCCLA Publication, the Teen Times? Well, it is actually pretty simple! All articles and pictures you want to submit to Teen Times can be sent to!

Teen Times Cover Oct 2013 If you would like to learn more information about Teen Times, visit the National FCCLA website,, scroll over to News & Media, and click on the Teen Times button! Take advantage of this opportunity to share your FCCLA projects nationally!

Chapter can use the press releases done by the State Vice President of Public Relations and send it to your local media outlets. Just insert some local information from your chapter’s activities.

A press releases template are available for State Conference 2014 now.


Support What You Believe In! Minnesotans Are Philanthropically Minded! Give to the April 10 and 11 Silent Auction


 Did you know that Minnesota ranks among the highest states in philanthropic work? That means that Minnesotans volunteer and donate to non-profit causes at a high rate!Money in Sack

MN FCCLA is a non profit organization. One of our alumni members on the MN FCCLA Board has said; “Giving back and seeking donations is part of the DNA of the organization.”Silent auction Basket photo

So- there is an opportunity coming to “Give Back“. This year at the 2014 State Conference the annual Silent Auction will be there! Each year, MN FCCLA chapters have the opportunity to donate a basket to the Silent Auction. During the State Conference, stop by the Silent Auction room and bid on some “awesome items”. The 2013-2014 State Executive Council goal is to raise over 1,500 dollars. Proceeds will help MN FCCLA continue leadership programs throughout the State.

A few items you might like to bid on are ticket packages, signed memorabilia, t-shirts from colleges, movie and hotel passes, and some other cool gifts. Stay tuned for more information about the Silent Auction coming soon. You won’t want to miss this year’s amazing Silent Auction!

Contact the State FCCLA Office if you have a donation or a Silent Auction item.Silent auction photo

Rick Osborne-Vice President of Resource and Development



P1040224Walk a mile in another person’s footsteps and you begin to see a new world. FCCLA members will learn about careers in public service through MN FCCLA Shadow day.

How do you learn about careers? How do you know what’s involved in a job as a legislator? How do you make a difference in the work or state by changng a law, changing a policy, and by making an impact? Breann in sunglasses at Washington DCCapitol Day 2013 Hope and Sen Wiger

One opportunity of coming up this week is Shadow Day. FCCLA members will be checking out what it is like to be a public servant- “servant leader”  to an elected position. By following a legislator through a day of their job, members will see what they do, communicate, work with committees, and what are the state initiatives for change? One of the purposes of FCCLA is evident in their experience “to encourage democracy through cooperative action in the home and community.” Another purpose  that Shadow Day explores is “to provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life”.

The event will also Serve as a Kick Off event for MN FCCLA as a State Lead Agency for P1040476 coming April 11-13. FCCLA members will be talking about their service projects with legislalors as they spend time with their Shadowed legislator and their staff.

Last year one member got a private meeting with her legislator and the Governor. He asked her” What do you want to do today?” She said; “I would like to meet the Governor.” So they called his office and went in for a visit. Another time, Member went with their legislalors to a ribbon cutting ceremony for the remodel project for St Paul Union (train) station. One member got to address a Legislator’s committee during his experience.  [Read more…]

Happy Presidents Day- Leadership Lessons-What Would Lincoln Tweet?


Everyone is (can be) a LEADER!. Do you search for innovative ways to change, grow and improve? Do you enlist others in a common vision? Do you help foster collaborative goals? Are you a person who can show appreciation for other’s excellence? As we celebrate Presidents Day, we focus on LEADERSHIP! It is needed in many ways in communities, in careers, in schools, as well as in politics and public life. We appreciate those who have taken the challenge for service as our Presidents and leaders!

What would Lincoln Tweet! ? What would our notable Presidents say about leadership if they were tweeting now? As we celebrate President’s Day, think about what they have said.  What would Lincoln say if he were tweeting now?  SO at  Madam Tussands in DCAbraham Lincoln said:

#Succeed  Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”  [Read more…]

Kick Start Your Career Skills with Leadership Experience in FCCLA!


Craft your career skills and become a better presenter by becoming a candidate for an FCCLA office.

Think about how many jobs require you to speak, make decisions, do planning and show leadership! Practice them NOW and be miles ahead for that job interview, the next presentation or a future career!

Have you ever wanted to help make some important decisions about FCCLA or wanted to strengthen your leadership and speaking skills?


MN FCCLA has many opportunities for you! This includes running for a peer educator, region officer or even state officer position. [Read more…]

Hashtag- #Gotta Have FCCLA!


FCCLA Week-Significant reminder of what America needs for youth!State Officer faces Oct 2013 at Capitol Leadership

What values has the organization held dearly for 68 years? The mission of FCCLA has seen a few changes over the years, but the core values of the organization have held steady for many years. FCCLA is significant for supporting young people in a time of their lives where character is being formed. It is an important role FCCLA has played for thousands of young people. As youth ask universal questions for all time; ”Who am I?” “What should I do in my future?” “How do I relate to my friends, my community and to the world?”

SO in Washington DC

Written in hashtag language, we would be these thoughts. #personal development, #family, #democracy, #global cooperation, #youth and adults, #decision making, #roles of men and women, #FACS education.

Through the years, FCCLA has provided youth with many positive aspects as their develop character, engage in critical and creative thinking, develop communications with youth and adults, learn practical knowledge and explore careers. [Read more…]