Youth Leaders

Taking the Lead
Leadership development is a primary focus of FCCLA.  As students take responsibility for planning, implementing, and evaluating chapter projects and activities, they develop the skills needed to take the lead in families, careers, and communities today and tomorrow.  Developing leadership skills means bringing out each person’s best qualities.

All members have leadership potential, whether or not they hold formal chapter leadership positions.  It often comes down to exploring abilities, taking risks, and developing a personal leadership style.  A successful chapter will recognize it needs different kinds of leaders and encourage individual differences.

Member commitment and involvement are vital to the health of any organization.  Taking a leadership role may lead a student to pursue other FCCLA leadership roles at the chapter, district/region, state, and national levels.  Holding an office at each level provides opportunities for:
  • improving leadership skills
  • personal growth and resume building
  • meeting new people
  • travel and involvement
  • being a spokesperson for FCCLA
  • helping the organization reach its goals
  • building a resume
When explaining what is FCCLA, consider your audience.  Future members, parents, and administrators may need an in-depth answer.   For those who need a short answer, consider the following:
FCCLA stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.  We are a national career and technical student organization that focuses on leadership development in career pathways through Family and Consumer Sciences and Related Occupations.