FCCLA National Meeting

More than 5,000 nationwide members, advisers, alumni, and guests of FCCLA; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, gathered in Anaheim, Calif. July 3-7 for the 2016 National Leadership Meeting. Zack Quick, a 2016 graduate, and Haley Hiatt, a rising senior, at Fillmore Central High School in Geneva were among them.

The theme for this year’s conference was “EM-power / ME-power” with the focus on developing individual leadership qualities to become the best leader possible.

A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, traffic safety, and cancer awareness were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops, and youth sessions. There was also time for some fun as well and the Fillmore Central group took in the San Diego Zoo, the Midway Naval Museum, enjoyed a night dinner cruise, and spent some time on the beach.

Haley will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers in Nebraska as the Fillmore Central Chapter President in 2016-2017 to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals, and initiate a plan to develop youth leadership in their community.

Also taking place at the National Meeting were STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills. Zack Quick competed in the Teach and Train event and was awarded a silver medal. Haley was a volunteer evaluator in the Focus on Children STAR event and Mrs. Biba served as a Room Consultant for the Chapter in Review – Portfolio STAR event.

FCCLA’s advantageous programs enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience 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 more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America 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.

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