Orlando, Fl. More than 6,800 nationwide members, advisers, alumni, and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in Orlando, Florida, July 8-12 for the 2012 National Leadership Conference. Sara Howard, Peyton Sears and Abi Watson, who will all be sophomores at North Tama Schools in Traer, IA, were among them.
This year's student-originated theme for the annual national meeting was "#realitycheck." Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects.
A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, leadership, and obesity prevention were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops, and youth sessions.
Three North Tama girls attended the FCCLA National Leadership Conference last month. Here, they are pictured during their trip. They are (from L to R): Peyton Sears, Abi Watson and Sarah Howard.
Janice Halupnick, NT FCCLA Adviser, also attended and will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals, and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in the community.
One of the meeting highlights included over 3,600 students competing in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition), which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills. The North Tama girls participated in the Chapter Showcase Manual Event. They received a bronze medal for their presentation and the manual they created which encompasses the local chapter's events and activities for the 2011-12 school year.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 200,000 members and over 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities. Out of 87,994 students from across the country, 55% of students believe that FCCLA has a positive impact on their academic performance.