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Do you aim to instill students with a love of learning? Advising an FCCLA chapter can be an excellent adventure with rich rewards, a stronger FACS program, closer relationships with students, and personal and professional recognition. Keep your eye on the prize, relax, and rely on your students creativity and enthusiasm!
Who is eligible to be a member of FCCLA?
Where does a new adviser start?
Any student who has taken a course in Family and Consumer Sciences, or as determined by the state department of education, middle school through grade 12 is eligible for active membership in an organized chapter within their school. Once the state and national dues are paid, the student will be an official affiliated member. Teachers can join FCCLA, too! Teachers certified to teach Family and Consumer Sciences Education, or as determined by the state department of education, can serve as the FCCLA chapter adviser.
Remember: you don’t have to do it all! FCCLA offers a variety of national programs and events to help increase the effectiveness of your Family and Consumer Sciences program and motivates students. During your chapter’s first years, guide members toward the programs that seem to best serve your local community needs. As members gain experience and build a tradition of chapter success, they will be ready to branch out into additional programs and events.
- The first step for a new adviser is to establish and affiliate a FCCLA chapter. Follow the Chapter Checklist(.pdf) for basic guidelines on establishing a chapter. National and state affiliation is required to use the “FCCLA” name. Make sure your administration understands the benefits of having an FCCLA chapter.
- Many advisers find that the second step is to involve students right away in a hands-on project that are both fun and meaningful. Whether through an official FCCLA national program or a simple local effort, give members a chance to make a difference and take the lead.
- Attend an FCCLA district/regional meeting or a national meeting.
- Ask your state adviser to explain how FCCLA is organized in your state and to find an experienced adviser to be your mentor and sounding board. Obtain, review, and use FCCLA publications and audiovisual resources. Perhaps, most of all, enjoy your students and your FCCLA chapter experiences.
Things to keep in mind during the first year:
- Start small
- Take one step at a time.
- There are many ways to start a chapter. The important thing is to get started. Contact Mrs. Nadine Standley, the PA FCCLA State Facilitator, who can connect you with an experienced mentor in your area or purchase a copy of the FCCLA...The Handbook to Ultimate Leadership! the ultimate guide for chapter management.
- Persuasive presentations to your administration, school board, community, and parents are essential. A Parent Letter (attached below) is a good tool to send home.
Mrs. Nadine Standley, FCCLA Facilitator
PDE, BCTE, 11th Floor
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
717.783.6952 Fax: 717.783.6672
Resources for New Advisers - All of the following resources can be found on the National Website, Join FCCLA page.
- FCCLA Planning Process (Download attachment below)
- Why FCCLA?
- Incorporating FCCLA into Your Classroom (Download attachment below)
- Step One Webquest (Download attachment below)
- Planning Process Information and Worksheet (Download attachment below)
- FCCLA Membership Application Form (Download attachment below)
- Revise the Membership Application to align with the rules of your school district. This is not required for the state association or national organization, but may be helpful at the local chapter level.
- Feel free to contact Nadine Standley, State Facilitator to consult with an Adviser Mentor.