History

75 years ago, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), formally known as Future Homemakers of America, was founded at a convention in Chicago, Illinois when 29 Home Economic leaders came together with the idea of creating one national student organization aimed at preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders in the home and workplace. On June 11, 2020, FCCLA celebrated its 75th anniversary and legacy of making a difference in families, careers, and communities across America.

Since 1945, FCCLA has been addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education—previously known as Home Economics. At its height, the organization’s membership peaked at 607,175 with members from 53 state associations, including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and Bo Jackson are a few of FCCLA’s most nationally recognized alumni.

Today, more than ten million students have been involved in FCCLA and have changed countless lives around the country by participating in National Programs, competing in Competitive Events, exploring Career Pathways, and attending national conferences. FCCLA continues to be the only Career and Technical Student Organization focused on preparing youth for careers that support families and strengthens members employability skills by preparing students to be college-and career-ready.

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

 

FCCLA Timeline

  • 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.

  • June 1995

    76 honorees were inducted into FCCLA’s Leadership Hall of Fame at the National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. in recognition of FCCLA’s 50th anniversary.

  • 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 adopted.

  • 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.