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FCCLA is a leadership and community service based organization that focuses on the home. From your family, career, and life in the community we have programs that can help you succeed! This upcoming year we will also be sponsoring leadership workshops for students interested in improving their skills to lead small groups, projects, and other aspects of their life.
Dues are $17. While we are the most expensive organization to join in school, your money is very well spent. $0.75 of your dues go toward the Chapter fund. They help to pay your registration for Regional Meeting and support chapter activities. $5.25 of your dues go toward the Regional fund. Regional dues help to pay for Regional Meeting, STAR Events, Officer Installation, and Officer election, as well as much more. $2 of your dues go toward the State organization. State dues go toward leadership training, special workshops, statewide projects, and state meeting. $9 of your dues go toward the National organization. National dues get you a subscription to Teen Times, help national program development, pays for national workbooks and chapter resources, and membership fees.
National Programs are sponsored by the National Organization. They range from Career Connection to Japanese Exchange, and while they each cover a different aspect of life they all have one thing in commone. They're here to help us better ourselves as leaders and better the community through peer education and community service. We dedicate each month to a different National Program. And, in March at the State Leadership Conference we can gain recognition for our accomplishments. For a complete list of the National Programs click here.
We are the leaders of America's future. It says so in our creed. But what exactly do we do to promote leadership? Once a month the chapter officers sponsor leadership workshops for members to learn how to become leaders in their families, careers, and communities. Topics include speaking in front of crowds, leading committees, and working as a team. Members who complete workshops will receive a certificate of participation and will leave with abilities they can use for the rest of their life.
If that's not enough there are many other opportunities presented to members to gain leadership skills. You can run for a chapter, regional, state, or national officer. There are also regional, state, and national leadership conventions you can go to around the year. At these meetings you can here speakers, get ideas for projects, and meet with other students from around the country.
When you work to achieve a goal as a leader or through service you have the opportunity to compete for regional, state, and national recognition through STAR Events. STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) has a total of 16 programs to compete all the way up to the national level, and 3 to compete up to the regional or state level. They range from Impromtu Speaking to Applied Technology. If you have an interest and you would like to do a project on it, STAR Events gives you the opportunity to compete against other students for recognition and the opportunity to travel across the country to compete.