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.
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.
Future Homemakers of America’s membership peaked at 607,175.
Rhode Island was the last of the 53 state associations (including the Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) to affiliate.
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.
The national headquarters and leadership center was dedicated during the 1983 National Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C.
National FCCLA began hosting a series of regional Cluster Meetings across the United States.
STAR Events were introduced. The first three STAR Events developed were Job Interview, Illustrated Talk, and Chapter Activities.
For the first time, one copy of Teen Times, FCCLA’s national magazine, was mailed to every FCCLA member.
The Adviser newsletter was introduced for chapter advisers.
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.
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.
“The Ultimate Leadership Experience,” tagline was adopted.
The first all four-color Teen Times was sent to all nationally affiliated FCCLA members.
FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl was introduced as a new Competitive Event.
FCCLA Leadership Academy was launched to provide national opportunities and recognition to any FCCLA member seeking leadership development.
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.
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.
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.