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Join FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience!
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) provides a wealth of benefits for your students, Family and Consumer Sciences program, school, community, and your own 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 as determined by the state department of education. FCCLA has 200,000 members and more than 5,500 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 run 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.
2014-2015 Membership Kit
The FCCLA Membership Kit! is your guide to kicking off your year with a bang! The 2014-2015 Membership Kit is in a content-rich, easy-to use, CD format! The CD is filled with all of the resources, project ideas, and tools necessary to start or maintain your FCCLA chapter. To request this kit please click here or call 1-800-234-4425.
Join FCCLA Brochure
Membership Kit 2013-2014 (PDF - 42MB)
FCCLA Affiliation Process
FCCLA Online Affiliation!
National FCCLA is launching a brand new affiliation system for the 2014-2015 school year. Please review the Membership Affiliation Getting Started document before you affiliate your chapter for guided instructions.
Then, once you are an official FCCLA chapter adviser, the Chapter Adviser Affiliation Guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions for affiliating your chapter on the state and national levels.
When you get ready to collect your member data, use the Member Affiliation Information Sheet to collect all the information you need from your chapter members. Then when you enter your members in the system, be sure to utilize the FCCLA Chapter Member Excel Template to make your chapter member upload is as seamless and smooth as possible.
Membership Affiliation Getting Started
Chapter Adviser Affiliation Guide
Member Affiliation Information Sheet
FCCLA Chapter Member Excel Template
National dues for each member are $9.00. There is a minimum of 12 members or $108.00 per chapter, plus an adviser fee of $9.00 per adviser.
For individual state dues rates, click here.
Pilot Postsecondary Flyer
Middle Level Affiliation Information
Who can JOIN?
Who is eligible to be a member of FCCLA?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.
Where Do I Start?
- 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
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!
Things to keep in mind during your first year:
Resources for New Advisers
State Advisers Contact Information
Introduction to FCCLA Lesson Plan
Planning Process Information and Worksheet
Planning Process Worksheet (Typeable.pdf)
Step One Webquest
Step One Certificate
The "3Rs" of Membership
Why FCCLA? (Spanish version)