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Join FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience! 

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) provides a wealth of benefits for students, Family and Consumer Sciences Education programs, schools, communities and teacher professional development. 

What is FCCLA?
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education or related courses as determined by the state department of education. FCCLA has more than 205,000 members and nearly 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than 10 million people since its founding in 1945.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and implemented by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.

For FCCLA membership information, look at the attached pamphlet “FCCLA Membership Things to Know.”

Membership Kit
The FCCLA Membership Kit is provided to advisers as a resource from National FCCLA. The kit is a content-rich, easy-to use CD. The CD is filled with all of the resources, project ideas and tools necessary to start or maintain a FCCLA chapter. The membership kit includes a Join FCCLA! poster. To request the kit, email or call 703-476-4900. 

Brochures with Important Information
        The "PA Brochure to Join FCCLA" attached at the bottom of this page, will help you explain what FCCLA is to your administration
        The "FCCLA Membership Things to Know" attached at the bottom of this page, will help you explain FCCLA to students.

FCCLA Affiliation Process
Before you begin to affiliate, read through the national Join FCCLA page.  It gives you information about:
  • Frequently Asked Questions about FCCLA
  • How to use the affiliation process 
  • What information to collect from students 
  • A template to affiliate many students at once
Middle School Advisers need to pay close attention to the COPPA Parent Consent Form on the national site that needs to be used with members under 13 years old.  You must have these forms in your possession before you sign off on them.  This is a liability issue that needs your attention to detail.

There are three Chapter Membership Types
  • 100% Middle Level Affiliation - for Middle Level chapters who are affiliating more than 27 students.
  • Urban Affiliation - for qualifying urban schools who are affiliating more than 500 students.  Pennsylvania has four qualifying urban areas:  Allentown, Erie, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
  • Regular Affiliation - for all other chapters.
There are four Chapter Affiliation Types:
  • Comprehensive - for high schools and middle schools
  • Comprehensive and Occupational - for high schools and career technical schools who have members in both comprehensive programs and approved occupational programs
  • Occupational - for career technical schools and approved high school programs
  • Post Secondary - for chapters beyond high school 

Pennsylvania FCCLA Chapter Policy:  Each affiliated school instructor may not have more than one chapter of students per session. 

  • Example - Full Day program One (1) Chapter of students per teacher. 
  • Example - Half Time Programs (AM) One (1) chapter of students per teacher / (PM) One (1) chapter of students per teacher.

FCCLA Online Affiliation!  Click here to affiliate today! 

If you have trouble with your affiliation process, please call Mrs. Nadine Standley before you click the submit button.

Affiliation Deadlines  
December 15 is the Pennsylvania FCCLA affiliation deadline in order for members to participate in STAR Events at the Pennsylvania FCCLA State Leadership Conference.  
Advisers can affiliate earlier.  The state association recommends affiliating at least 12 members by November 1 in order to have access to all national services including the national affiliation portal that provides the Competitive Events Guide.  
Advisers may need to affiliate earlier if their members are competing in other events offered by nationals.  Check the national site for affiliation deadlines.

How much are national and state FCCLA Dues? 
National dues are $9.00 and Pennsylvania state dues are $9.00 per member and adviser. The dues payment is sent as one sum ($18/person) to the address on the affiliation invoice form. There is a minimum of 12 members + adviser or $234. 
Tip - Double check your information for adviser, chapter and members before you submit your affiliation.  When you hit submit, you lock in the information and agree to pay the listed amount.  
Middle Level Chapters have the option of affiliating all Family and Consumer Sciences students for a bulk enrollment flat fee of $500. ($250 national and $250 state)  Any Middle Level Chapter with more than 27 students must contact Mrs. Nadine Standley prior to affiliation to work out setting up the bulk enrollment flat fee.
Urban Chapters within the corporate limits of Allentown, Erie, Philadelphia or Pittsburgh have the option of affiliating as a bulk enrollment flat fee of $5000.  ($4500 national and $500 state)  
Urban schools may want to contact other schools in your city to collectively affiliate.  Any Urban Chapter with more than 500 students must contact Mrs. Nadine Standley prior to affiliation to work out setting up the bulk enrollment flat fee.  If you need more information, use 2018-2019 Urban Affiliation Information attachment.

Click on the file FCCLA Dues to see how dues is used at the local, state and national levels. 

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