Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) is a national FCCLA peer education program ,underwritten by State Farm®, 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 projects relate to three topic areas:
- 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
New State-Level Recognition for Student Traffic Safety Projects:
FCCLA offers 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.
- 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.
To apply for the Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety Program Award please follow the steps below:
- Log on to the FCCLA affiliation system by going here: https://affiliation.registermychapter.com/fccla#
- Once logged in, select the "Program Awards" tab
- Select the Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety Program Award section
- Select "Apply Now" for either Middle or High School
- Please be sure to select the correct application
- Fill out all of the required fields* as specified on the application then hit "Submit"
- Please note: Once you submit your application you cannot make any changes. Double check all of your answers before submitting.
- If you are not finished with the application yet, hit "Save" and you can come back and finish your application at another time
- If you no longer wish to complete the application, hit "Delete"
- You are required to upload 3 photos to a photo sharing website and provide us with the link to the photos on the application. Instructions on how to do so can be found here.
- You will have the option to provide up to 10 supporting files, such as promotional pieces (e.g. flyers, print ads, PSAs, 90 seconds of video, etc.) and public relations materials (newspaper articles, TV interview video, etc.) that help tell the story of your project to Dropbox and provide the link to the files on the application. Instructions on how to use Dropbox can be found here.
- Be sure to read the Program Awards Application Terms & Conditions before starting your application.
*This application will automatically stop you once you have reached the word limit for that answer and the application also has a spell check feature. You cannot copy and paste into the application.
Congratulations 2017 FACTS Award Winners!High School Winner
Powhatan High School, Virginia
Project Title: "Getting the FACTS through a Road Safety Assessment" Middle School Winner
Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, Virginia
Project Title: "Duct Tape Seat Belt Awareness" Runner-Up Winner
Howells-Dodge Consolidated High School, Nebraska
Project Title: "Buckle Up, Jaguars" FACTS Roadway Safety Achievement Award (RSA)
Union High School, Virginia
Project Title: "Union High School Road Safety Assessment Project"
FACTS National Program Guide (Flash Drive):
Introduced at the FCCLA National Conference in 2016, this Flash Drive holds information on the FACTS Program (Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety.) 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.".
- American Traffic Safety Services Association represents the road safety, traffic safety, and highway safety industry with effective legislative advocacy, traffic control safety training, and a far-reaching member partnership.
- Driving-Tests.org - Driving-Tests.org is a part of Elegant E-Learning, Inc., a seven-year old company with a proven track record of revolutionizing and providing free online resources for English teachers and instructors. Driving-Tests.org is part of a plan to fill a gap in the driver safety marketplace by making free permit practice tests written by experts available to anyone who wants to study, along with online copies of official state or province study guides. Visit fccla.driving-tests.org OR Driving-Tests.org to find practice tests and resources for your respective state
- FIA Foundation - The FIA Foundation has an international reputation for innovative global road safety philanthropy; practical environmental research and interventions to improve air quality and tackle climate change; and high impact strategic advocacy in the areas of road traffic injury prevention and motor vehicle fuel efficiency. FIA Foundation's aim is to ensure ‘Safe, Clean, Fair and Green’ mobility for all, playing our part to ensure a sustainable future.
- 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.
- Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational and charitable organization chartered in 1995 by the American Highway Users Alliance. RSF's mission is to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities through improvements to roadway systems and their environment.
- FCCLA FACTS Program Info Sheet
- Safe Road Home - By Karen Goodman & Kirk Simons - This book takes a brutally honest look at this crucial subject; featuring detailed advice, new research, and practical safe-driving tips from leading experts in adolescent medicine, substance-abuse prevention, and driver education.
- FACTS 2017 GHSA-FordDSFL Promo Video
- Think Before Taking the Passenger Seat Worksheet