Missouri FCCLA Affiliation/Membership Information
Who can be a member?
Membership Campaign and Kit
Missouri Star Chapters
What is Family, Career and Community Leaders of America?
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national organization of students who have taken or are taking a course in family and consumer sciences classes through grade 12.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is incorporated as a private, nonprofit career and technical organization. FCCLA is one of the 10 national career and technical student organizations which operate through career and technical education programs in schools.
How does Family, Career and Community Leaders of America relate to class?
The main goal is the same: to improve personal, family, community, and job/career life. The family and consumer sciences teacher is the advisor of the chapter. The teacher/advisor uses the structure of the chapter to give family and consumer sciences students leadership experiences in planning and directing their own activities that in turn give family and consumer sciences class more meaning.
What is Comprehensive and Occupational?
FCCLA members maybe classified as either a comprehensive member or an occupational member. Comprehensive members are taking or have taken courses in family and consumer sciences that are broad in scope and content related to the many areas of family and consumer sciences. Occupational members are students who have or are taking courses to prepare them for entry-level or advanced career. This classification is used for internal organization purposes relating to some programs and representation of officers.
Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including nutrition and fitness, teen pregnancy, strengthening family relationships, financial literacy, working with children and the elderly, entrepreneurship, violence prevention, and career exploration.
Who may join?
Any student who has taken or is taking a course in family and consumer sciences education may join an established chapter in his or her school. Chapters are found in public and private middle and high schools. There are chapters in all 50 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and the Virgin Islands.
Membership is voluntary for all students who have taken or are taking a course in family and consumer sciences education. Both young women and men are members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
How is Family, Career and Community Leaders of America financed?
FCCLA is supported primarily by student membership dues paid annually. The organization also seeks individual, corporate, and foundation gifts. State association dues are set by each association and are voted on by the state membership. Regional and chapter dues are set by each individual group and approved by the members. In addition, chapters may receive money through donations, grants, and fundraising activities.
What does your membership support?
- National member magazine, Teen Times;
- Newsletter for adult leaders, The Adviser;
- Mailings to chapters;
- National program development;
- Program workbooks and chapter resources;
- Training for adult and student leaders;
- National promotion of the organization;
- Membership cards and membership processing fees;
- Membership promotion;
- National Board of Directors and National Executive Council activities;
- Expenses related to raising money and seeking corporate sponsors;
- Operating expenses of the national headquarters and staff;
- Experiences that help you develop your own leadership style and job skills by attending regional, state, and national conferences;
- Activities and personal successes that you can include on job, school, and scholarship applications;
- Activities and costs associated with running a state-level organization with 17 state executive council members;
- Missouri FCCLA Legislative Shadowing Program;
- Having the opportunity to run for regional, state, and national FCCLA offices;
- Participate in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Competitive Events;
- Missouri FCCLA scholarship fund;
- State membership pins for each affiliated member.
Membership Dues (required per member and primary advisor)
- National Dues — $9 each
The minimum national dues payment for chapters of one to 12 members is $108. Primary advisor dues are required. Secondary advisor dues are optional.
- State Dues — $2 each
- Regional Dues — see chart below
|1 — $2||8 — $2|
|2 — $2||9 — $2|
|3 — $2||10 — $2|
|4 — $2||11 — $2|
|5 — $1||12 — $1|
|6 — $1||13 — $3|
|7 — $2||14 — $2|
A new online affiliation system is being implemented in the 2013-2014 school year. The link to the system is available on the Forms page.
Deadline Reminders: Affiliation payment must be received by December 10 for eligibility in regional, state and national STAR Events and officer candidates.
Questions about Affiliation? Contact the state office at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that according to state and national bylaws only chapters affiliated with the regional, state, and national associations shall use the name Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). It is illegal and unethical to use the name Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and not be affiliated on all levels.
- Middle Level Affiliation Program
The Middle Level Affiliation Program is designed for middle school chapters with 51 or more members in grades 6-8. National dues are $450 and state dues are $100 regardless on the total number of student members; regional dues are based on 50 members.
A link to the online affiliation system is available on the Forms page.
For questions relating to membership cards contact the membership department at national headquarters: (703) 476-4900.
For information on the National FCCLA "iRecruit" membership campaign, visit: http://www.fcclainc.org/content/irecruit.
To request the annual FCCLA Membership Kit, contact the national office after August 1. Visit: http://www.fcclainc.org/content/membership.
This program seeks to give recognition to those chapters whose membership represents a significant percentage of the entire family and consumer sciences education program enrollment.
These chapters affiliated 50-74% of their school's family and consumer sciences enrollment numbers. For example, a program with 100 students affiliates between 50-74 members.
Shooting Star Chapters
These chapters affiliated 75-99% of the family and consumer sciences education program enrollment numbers. For example, and program with 100 students affiliate between 75-99 members.
Super Star Chapters
These chapters affiliated 100% or more members based on the family and consumer sciences education program enrollment numbers. Therefore, a program with 100 students would affiliate 100 or more members!
Keep in mind that membership includes all Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, not only those currently taking a course in the family and consumer sciences education program. Therefore, members not currently enrolled do count toward this special recognition.
To determine if you qualify for this recognition:
- Total your chapter membership (as recorded in your chapter affiliation forms).
- Ask your advisor for the family and consumer sciences education program enrollment number.
- Divide your membership total into the enrollment number to figure the percentage.
- Determine if your chapter is a STAR, SHOOTING STAR, or SUPER STAR Chapter!
- Attend the annual State Leadership Conference to receive recognition.
Complete this application form and submit it to the state advisor by February 15.
- Missouri Stars Application (DESE Online Form Submission; click on link to application)