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FCCLA

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Inc. (FCCLA) is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization in public and private school through grade 12+

Please visit our website for up-to-date information and publications: www.mofccla.org

Missouri FCCLA Staff

Donna Sharpe
Missouri FCCLA State Adviser
(573) 522-6543
donna.sharpe@dese.mo.gov

Mailing Address:
Office of College and Career Readiness/FCCLA
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Street Address:
5th Floor, Jefferson Building
205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

General Information

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.

Membership

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.