What is FCCLA?
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. Everyone is part of a family, and FCCLA is the only national Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.
Today over 164,000 members in more than 5,300 chapters are active in a network of associations in 49 states, in addition to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career exploration. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life -- planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication -- necessary in the home and workplace.
To promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.
Toward New Horizons
We are the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. We face the future with warm courage and high hope. For we have the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious values. For we are the builders of homes, homes for America's future, homes where living will be the expression of everything that is good and fair, homes where truth and love and security and faith will be realities, not dreams. We are the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. We face the future with warm courage and high hope.
FCCLA is the only in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. FCCLA is a career and technical student organization that functions as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education curriculum and operates within the school system, and it provides opportunities for active student participation at local, state, and national levels.
Seven state officers (students) are elected by voting delegates at the annual State Leadership Conference and make up the South Dakota Executive Council. The South Dakota Board of Directors is composed of adult representatives from education and business and a minimum of two youth representatives – the South Dakota State President and First Vice President. National Officers (students) serve on the South Dakota Board of Directors while fulfilling their term on the National Executive Council.
Financial and Cooperative Support
FCCLA is supported primarily by student membership dues. Additional funds are raised from individuals, corporations,
and foundations. FCCLA is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education (Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education) and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).
An executive director leads the national organization and heads a staff that gives direction to and carries out programs, communications, membership services, and financial management.
A state adviser leads South Dakota FCCLA and is based out of the Department of Education and Human Sciences at South Dakota State University.
The South Dakota FCCLA Newsletter is published quarterly during the school year and distributed to affiliated chapters.
Teen Times, the official magazine of FCCLA, is published quarterly during the school year and distributed to affiliated members.
FCCLA Information Sheet (PDF)
College Readiness Fact Sheet (PDF)
2017-2018 State Executive Council
SD Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
103 Wenona Hall
Box 507, SDSU
Brookings, SD 57007