Leadership Service in Action

The FCCLA Leadership Service in Action program guides students to develop, plan, carry out, and evaluate projects that improve the quality of life in their communities. Leadership Service in Action helps young people build skills for family, career, and community roles; provides youth-centered learning experiences related to Family and Consumer Sciences education; and encourages young people to develop the positive character traits of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Service learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning, resulting in very real student learning in areas such as applied academics, career preparation, character development, and technical skills. According to the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, "service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities." The key difference between community service and service learning is that community service primarily has the purpose of meeting the needs of others and bettering the community, while service learning enhances the community through the service provided, but it also has powerful learning consequences for the students providing the service.

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FCCLA is updating the National Program with a grant from The Allstate Foundation for the 2017-18 school year.



You can create your own project related to Leadership Service in Action, or you can participate in the following FCCLA sponsored projects and use them to submit a program award application:


We are making a difference in the communities our FCCLA national events are held in!


Feeding the Hungry in Washington, D.C.: Thanks to King Arthur Flour and Lead2Feed, FCCLA students participated in Bake for Good, preparing dozens of freshly baked rolls that were delivered to a local food bank, D.C. Central Kitchen. (Capitol Leadership Training, Sept. 2016)


Helping families facing critical illness in Denver, CO: FCCLA students who attended the Denver National Cluster Meeting decorated grocery bags which were then used for food deliveries to families facing critical illness. The decorated grocery bags were be used by There With Care to provide an extra boost and uplifting feel to those who could really use a smile. (Nov. 2016)


Providing personal care supplies to hurricane victims and the homeless: FCCLA students who attended the Orlando National Cluster Meeting assembled personal hygiene kits to share with recent hurricane victims and Orlando’s homeless population. Thanks to the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and in partnership with Clean the World, this project supports one belief - that one kit can change one life.



FCCLA offers national recognition to chapters that complete the Leadership Service in Action 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 Leadership Service in Action Program Award Application.

  • High School Award - $1,000
  • Middle School Award - $1,000
  • First Runner-Up Award - $500

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. Not ready to start your application? You can preview the application before submitting it by logging onto the affiliation system.

To apply for the Leadership Service in Action 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 Leadership Service in Action 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 Leadership Service in Action Award Winners!

High School Winner
Kittitas Jr./Sr. High School, Washington
Project Title: "Avoid the Worst-Safety First!"
Middle School Winner
Montgomery County Middle School, Missouri
Project Title: "Caring for the Least of These"
Runner-Up Winner
Kingston High School, Arkansas
Project Title: "KHS Holiday Hearts!"



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