Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) is a national FCCLA peer education program through which students strive to save lives through personal, vehicle, and road safety. Teens work to educate adults and youth about traffic safety and support enforcement of local rules and regulations regarding community traffic safety. Youth leaders can help families promote basic safety attitudes that can last a lifetime.
Through FACTS, FCCLA members learn the realities of traffic safety, and they discover that traffic safety is a family affair. Children first learn basic safety skills and attitudes in families. Crashes deeply affect families, and FCCLA members can help families emphasize safety and avoid related concerns through the FACTS program. Through FACTS projects, they reach their peers, children, and adults with traffic safety messages and activities. FCCLA addresses safety-related issues as an integral part of Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Safety is an essential part of parenting and family roles and touches on child development, consumer issues, resource management, family services, personal and family wellness, interpersonal relationships, and more, all supported by the FACTS program.
The teen years are an ideal time to establish sound traffic safety habits to last a lifetime. FACTS gives teens the facts and incentives they need to build an understanding of what it means to drive safely, both today and in the future. Through this program, young people plan and carry out projects that help them and their peers make informed, responsible decisions about traffic safety.
FACTS National Program Guide (Flash Drive):
Introduced at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in 2016, this flash drive contains the FACTS Program Guide, which addresses these three essential topics in road safety:
- People - to understand and promote your role as a driver or passenger and keep yourself and others safe
- Vehicles - to understand vehicle safety and the role it plays in safety for you and others
- Roads - to understand and promote your role on the road as well as the safety hazards you may encounter and how to avoid or react to them
With updated activities, information, links, lesson plans, handouts, games and tools, FACTS is a great addition to any FACS classroom and FCCLA Chapter. To purchase, visit the FCCLA e-store and click on "Chapter Supplies and Publications" then "Books and Flashdrives.".
New State & National Awards:
FCCLA offers state and national recognition to chapters that complete FCCLA FACTS projects. This honor includes cash awards and special recognition at the National Leadership Conference, online, and in Teen Times magazine. Chapters apply online for recognition for their hard work and innovative projects with the National FACTS Program Award Application.
- State Level Awards - $500 in each state
- High School Award - $1,000
- Middle School Award - $1,000
- Runner-Up Award - $500
- $500 Roadway Safety Achievement (RSA) Award sponsored by Joe and Patricia Toole
Deadline: Applications must be submitted online to FCCLA national headquarters by March 1.The online award system will automatically close March 1, 5:00 p.m. EST.
Learn how to apply here!
Congratulations 2018 FACTS Award Winners!High School Winner
Kittitas Jr./Sr. High School, Washington
Project Title: “iBuckleUp weBuckleUp Kittitas County” Middle School Winner
Mt. Vernon Junior High School, Indiana
Project Title: “iBuckleUp weBuckleUp Seat Belt Safety” Runner-Up Winner
James Wood High School, Virginia
Project Title: “Students Supporting Safe Driving” FACTS Roadway Safety Achievement Award (RSA)
Grainger High School, Tennessee
Project Title: “Safety is No Accident”
Need help brainstorming project ideas?
- Conduct a Teen Road Safety Assessment
- Lead an iBuckleUp we BuckleUp Campaign
- Create a Safe Rides – Save Lives PSA
- Explore the following STAR Events:
- Focus On Children
- Illustrated Talk
- Digital Stories For Change
- Think it through with the FCCLA Planning Process Template
- OR Take advantage of the unique resources offered by FCCLA’s Partners below!
- Ford Driving Skills for Life - Since 2003, Ford Driving Skills for Life has been teaching advance driving skills to newly licensed teens. The Academy is a free online training area which teaches teens how to develop skills in key areas of inexperience: hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed and space management. Register today to take The Academy training and learn more about driving safely and other resources available.
- GHSA - The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans.
- Local law enforcement, fire fighters, and medical personnel
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - Saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity.
- FCCLA FACTS Program Info Sheet
- FACTS 2017 GHSA-FordDSFL Promo Video
- Adviser submitted lesson plans and activities
- Think Before Taking the Passenger Seat Worksheet