is a program that can excite students about learning, sharpen their critical thinking skills, and provide many opportunities for hands-on, student-directed lessons.
Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (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.
Through FACTS, FCCLA members learn the realities of traffic safety, and they discover that traffic safety is a family affair. Children first learn basic safety skills and attitudes in families. Crashes deeply affect families, and FCCLA members can help families emphasize safety and avoid related concerns through the FACTS program. Through FACTS projects, they reach their peers, children, and adults with traffic safety messages and activities. FCCLA addresses safety-related issues as an integral part of Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Safety is an essential part of parenting and family roles and touches on child development, consumer issues, resource management, family services, personal and family wellness, interpersonal relationships, and more, all supported by the FACTS program.
The teen years are an ideal time to establish sound traffic safety habits to last a lifetime. FACTS gives teens the facts 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 National Program
- People – to understand and promote your role as a driver or passenger and keep yourself and others safe
- Vehicles – to understand vehicle safety and the role it plays in safety for you and others
- Roads – to understand and promote your role on the road as well as the safety hazards you may encounter and how to avoid or react to them
FCCLA offers national recognition to chapters that complete FACTS projects. This honor includes cash awards and special recognition at the National Leadership Conference, online and in Teen Times magazine for the top chapters. Chapters may submit a description of their innovative projects for award consideration via the
National Program Summary Report Form available on the FCCLA national website under the Awards tab.
State-level FACTS Awards: Thanks to our partnership with Ford Driving Skills for Life (FordDSFL) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), FCCLA is now providing a $500 cash award to the top FACTS project in each state!
Each state winner will be
considered for a national award.
FACTS National Program Winner Awards
High School Award — $1,000
Middle School Award — $1,000
Runner-Up Award — $500
Road Safety Achievement Award — $500
Deadline: Award Applications must be submitted online by
March 2. The online award system will automatically close
March 2, 5:00 PM EST.
- Seat Belt Awareness Week
- Distracted Driving Obstacle Course
- Skills Fair for New Drivers
- Work with your local police department and do a presentation using goggles that simulate impaired driving
- Plan a parents’ night and invite kids and their parents to come and learn about traffic safety together
Award Applications must be submitted online to FCCLA national headquarters by March 1.The online award system will automatically close March 1, 11:59 p.m. EST.
Ford Driving Skills for Life, www.drivingskillsforlife.com
Governors Highway Safety Association, www.ghsa.gov
Local law enforcement, fire fighters, and medical personnel
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration www.nhtsa.gov
The National Road Safety Foundation, www.nrsf.org
Need help brainstorming project ideas?
- Conduct a Teen Road Safety Assessment
- Create a Safe Rides – Save Lives PSA
- Explore the following STAR Events:
- Focus On Children
- Illustrated Talk
- Digital Stories For Change
- Think it through with the FCCLA Planning Process Template