Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

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Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Official FCCLA emblem
Abbreviation FCCLA
Motto Towards New Horizons
"Hacia Nuevos Horizontes"
Formation June 11, 1945 (1945-06-11), Chicago, Illinois
Type Career and Technical Student organization, NGO
Legal status Non-profit organization
Purpose Family and Consumer Sciences education
Headquarters 1910 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia
Region served
United States
District of Columbia
Virgin Islands
Puerto Rico
202,825 members in the United States[1]
Official language
English[2] and Spanish[3]
Executive Director
Sandy Spavone
National President
Josh Sorbe (2015-2016)
National Chairperson
Elliot Johnson (2015-2016)
Affiliations 200,000 members and over 5,500 chapters
Formerly called
Future Homemakers of America (1945-1977)
New Homemakers of America (1945-1965)
HERO (1971-1977)
FHA/HERO (1977-1999)

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA, Spanish: Líderes de las Familias, Carreras y Comunidades de América),[3] formerly known as Future Homemakers of America (FHA), is a nonprofit U.S. career and technical student organization (CTSO) for young men and women in family and consumer science education (FACS) in public and private schools through grade 12 across the United States. FCCLA is the only in-school student organization with the family as its central focus; is a vocational student organization that functions as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education curriculum and operates within the school system, and it provides opportunities for active student participation at local, state, and national levels.[2] FCCLA currently operates out of Reston, Virginia.

About FCCLA[edit]

FCCLA is a Non-profit organization that works with community service. It was formed in Chicago on June 11, 1945. As of the 2011 National Leadership Conference it had over 200,000 members in nearly 7,000 chapters across all 50 states as well as in the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The national headquarters is located at 1910 Association Drive, Reston VA 20191-1584.


We are the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

We face the future with warm courage and high hope.

For we have the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious values.

For we are the builders of homes,

Homes for America's future,

Homes where living will be the expression of everything that is good and fair,

Homes where truth and love and security and faith will be realities, not dreams.

We are the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

We face the future with warm courage and high hope.


  1. to provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life
  2. to strengthen the function of the family as a basic unit of society
  3. to encourage democracy through cooperative action in the home and community
  4. to encourage individual and group involvement in helping achieve global cooperation and harmony
  5. to promote greater understanding between youth and adults
  6. to provide opportunities for making decisions and for assuming responsibilities.
  7. to prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today's society
  8. to promote Family and Consumer Sciences and related occupations


FCCLA has a national membership of young men and women in nearly 6,500 chapters. There are 53 state associations including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1945, FCCLA has involved more than nine million youth. Former members are eligible to become members of Alumni & Associates.


Ten national officers (students) are elected by voting delegates at the annual National Leadership Conference and together make up the National Executive Council. The National Board of Directors is composed of adult representatives from education and business and four youth representatives. State associations and local chapters elect their own youth officers. State programs come under the direction of Family and Consumer Sciences education staff. Chapter advisers are Family and Consumer Sciences teachers.

Financial and Cooperative Support[edit]

FCCLA is supported primarily by student membership dues. Additional funds are raised from individuals, corporations, and foundations. FCCLA is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education (Office of Vocational and Adult Education) and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

National Staff[edit]

An executive director leads the organization and heads a national staff that gives direction to and carries out programs, communications, membership services, and financial management.


FCCLA began on June 11, 1945, as Future Homemakers of America (FHA). It was created in Chicago, Illinois by Edna P. Amidon. During the years of segregation, sixteen southern states also operated the "New Homemakers of America." The two organizations merged in 1965. To reflect a focus on career preparation, the organization "HERO" (Home Economics Related Occupations) also merged with FHA to create FHA/HERO.

Name change[edit]

The name of the organization was changed to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) in July 1999 at the National Leadership Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts by a majority of the voting delegates. A previous vote on a name change failed in 1995 at the organization's 50th Anniversary meeting in Washington, DC. A new name had been debated within the organization for many years[4] with several state associations choosing to break ranks and change their names to reflect the new mission of the organization.

National Programs[edit]

FCCLA has a variety of programs serving families, careers, and communities.

Competitive Events[edit]

Competitive Events is a program that contains all competition events existing in FCCLA.

  • Competitive Events
    • Family and Consumer Sciences Knowledge Bowl
    • STAR Events
    • FCCLA Contests

STAR Events[edit]

STAR Events logo

STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) is a very popular program incorporated into FCCLA. STAR Events are the competitive events that members can participate in to learn leadership, team work, communication and public speaking skills. STAR Events are no longer considered National Programs, now it is a "Competitive Events".

STAR Events offer individual skill development and application of learning through the following activities:

  • Cooperative – teams work to accomplish specific goals
  • Individualized – an individual member works alone to accomplish specific goals
  • Competitive – individual or team performance measured by an established set of criteria.
National-level STAR Events
  • Advocacy
  • Applied Technology
  • Career Investigation
  • Chapter Service Project (Display and Manual)
  • Chapter Showcase (Display and Manual)
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Stories for Change
  • Early Childhood
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Ambassador
  • Fashion Construction
  • Fashion Design
  • Focus on Children
  • Food Innovations
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
  • Illustrated Talk
  • Interior Design
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Job Interview
  • Leadership
  • Life Event Planning
  • National Programs in Action
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Promote and Publicize FCCLA!
  • Recycle and Redesign
  • Teach and Train
  • Virtual Poster
Categories of Competition
  • Junior (seventh grade through ninth grade members)
  • Senior (tenth grade through twelfth grade members)
  • Occupational (members who have completed an occupational family and consumer sciences course)

Meetings and Conferences[edit]

Chapter Meetings[edit]

Chapter Meetings include all the members of a certain chapter in the USA. There, they discuss current issues within the chapter. These usually take place within a school building.

Regional Meetings[edit]

Regional Meetings may also be called District Meetings. These are meetings where students within a geographical area may compete in STAR events and conduct business related to chapters in that area. District or regional STAR competition will result in groups or individual with a score above a set minimum (usually 50 or 70 out of 100 points) to the state STAR competition. In some states only a specific number of top achievers in each event are given the chance to advance.

State Conferences[edit]

State Conferences are held in a large city within a state and they are where students present their projects and STAR Events for the chance to go onto the National Leadership Conference. The only way to win the trip to the National Conference is to be the best in your category (such as Focus on Children, or Illustrated Talk) at State STAR Competition. These are usually held at the same city each year in your state.

National Leadership Conference[edit]

Each year a National Leadership Conference is held in a different city. The National Leadership Conference is where thousands of FCCLA Members gather to compete in STAR events to get a Gold, Silver, Bronze medal. Members also go to bring back new and important information towards their state. National Officers are also elected during this conference and introduced during the final night of the week-long conference.

The National Leadership Conference is held in a different US city each year. Some past and future National Leadership Conferences are:[5]

  • 2002: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2003: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2004: Chicago, Illinois
  • 2005: San Diego, California
  • 2006: Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2007: Anaheim, California
  • 2008: Orlando, Florida
  • 2009: Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2010: Chicago, Illinois
  • 2011: Anaheim, California
  • 2012: Orlando, Florida
  • 2013: Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2014: San Antonio, Texas
  • 2015: Washington, DC
  • 2016: San Diego, California
  • 2017: Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2018: TBD (Central Region)
  • 2019: Anaheim, California
  • 2020: TBD
  • 2021: Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2022-2024: TBD
  • 2025: Nashville, Tennessee

National Cluster Meetings[edit]

National Cluster Meetings are similar to the National Leadership Conference, but without the STAR competitions. The conferences begin on a Friday night and last through Sunday night. Several motivational-type speakers are featured. There are three of these held every year in November, taking place in different regions of the USA. Anyone can attend these conferences.


  1. ^ [Teen Times Magazine, Vol.69, No.1 ]
  2. ^ a b National FCCLA website - About us
  3. ^ a b FCCLA Puerto Rico website
  4. ^ Miller, Lisa M. (1993-12-16). "Where The Boys Are: Home Ec". New York Times (New York ed.). p. C1. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  5. ^ FCCLA - Future Meetings

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