iBuckleUp weBuckleUp


FCCLA’s new two-year grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) promotes seat belt safety among rural middle school youth. The new campaign, entitled "iBuckleUp weBuckleUp", will inform youth and parents about seat belt safety, and will create a positive community effort to encourage everyone to wear their seat belts. The campaign will highlight the need for drivers and passengers to be sure everyone in their car uses their seat belt on every trip, even if it is the passenger reminding the driver to buckle up. The messaging will focus on youth in rural areas pledging to buckle up (iBuckleUp) and encouraging all others to do the same (weBuckleUp).


As part of FCCLA’s national FACTS (Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety) program, the outreach will specifically be directed to rural middle school youth and their families. During the first year of the grant (2017-18 school year), FCCLA will convene a summit that will gather 10 committed teams from rural areas including advisers, parents, and middle level members to create a group of trainers that will be committed to launching an iBuckleUp weBuckleUp campaign in their state.


Middle Level Chapters Selected for Seat Belt Safety Pilot Program

Congratulations to the 10 teams that have been selected to participate in the first year of our NHTSA seat belt safety project, focused on rural, middle-level youth. 

1. Kingston FCCLA, Kingston AR
2. Bonaire Middle FCCLA, Bonaire, GA
3. Mt. Vernon Jr. High FCCLA, Mt. Vernon, IN
4. Montgomery County Middle School FCCLA, Montgomery City, MO
5. Maxwell Nebraska FCCLA, North Platte, NE
6. Caney FCCLA, Caney, OK
7. Parkston FCCLA, Parkston, SD
8. Wall FCCLA, Wall, SD
9. Kittitas Jr./Sr. High FCCLA, Ellensburg, WA
10. Lyman FCCLA, Lyman, WY

These teams are each made up of a state adviser, chapter advisers, parents and middle-level members. They convened in Washington, D.C. November 2017 for a Summit to brainstorm and work together on project ideas and lessons for their state that will support the iBuckleUP weBuckleUP campaign. They will report the results of their efforts in the spring of 2018, and three teams will be chosen to speak on a blue ribbon panel at NLC in 2018.

Look for your opportunity to participate in your own iBuckleUP weBuckleUP initiative during the 2018-2019 school year when FCCLA rolls out the second year of iBuckleUP weBuckleUP to all FCCLA middle level chapters.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 and is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. It works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial. NHTSA’s mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. For more information, visit www.nhtsa.gov and www.safercar.gov.

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