History

The organization’s past is foundational to FCCLA’s present. See how FCCLA has evolved throughout its nearly 75 years to continue to prepare young people for success.

  • March 1944

    29 Home Economics (presently known as Family and Consumer Sciences) leaders met in Chicago, IL with the idea of creating one national student organization.

  • June 11, 1945

    Future Homemakers of America (FHA) was officially founded at a convention in Chicago, IL.

  • 1966

    Future Homemakers of America’s membership peaked at 607,175.

  • December 1977

    Rhode Island was the last of the 53 state associations (including the Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) to affiliate.

  • July 1980

    The National Board of Directors approved the purchase of land on which to build a national headquarters and leadership center in Reston, VA.

  • September 28, 1981

    The official groundbreaking ceremony was held at the building site in Reston, VA.

  • July 1983

    The national headquarters and leadership center was dedicated during the 1983 National Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C.

  • Fall 1983

    National FCCLA began hosting a series of regional Cluster Meetings across the United States.

  • 1983

    STAR Events were introduced. The first three STAR Events developed were Job Interview, Illustrated Talk, and Chapter Activities.

  • Fall 1984

    For the first time, one copy of Teen Times, FCCLA’s national magazine, was mailed to every FCCLA member.

  • Winter 1985

    The Adviser newsletter was introduced for chapter advisers.

  • July 1999

    Voting delegates voted in favor of the proposed name change to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America at the National Leadership Meeting in Boston, MA.

  • September 2003

    “The Ultimate Leadership Experience,” tagline was adapted.

  • September 2005

    The first all four-color Teen Times was sent to all nationally affiliated FCCLA members.

  • September 2009

    FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl was introduced as a new Competitive Event.

  • July 2011

    FCCLA Leadership Academy was launched to provide national opportunities and recognition to any FCCLA member seeking leadership development.

  • September 2011

    Technology-based, online STAR Events and a new type of Competitive Event, called Skill Demonstration Events, were included in the newly named Competitive Events Guide.

  • July 2015

    FCCLA hosted a “70 Years Strong” anniversary rally on Capitol Hill, drawing thousands of FCCLA members to advocate for strong Family and Consumer Sciences education in schools.

  • July 2019

    33 STAR Events were offered in addition to FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl at FCCLA’s 2019 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA, in which there was a record number of STAR Events participants (4,744) and teams (2,808) competing.

Members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.