Personal Reflection by Canden Gutierrez (PDF)
It’s that time of year again… FCCLA is celebrating FCCLA Week nationwide to represent our organization and to grab the media and community’s attention. This year FCCLA will celebrate FCCLA Week on: February 7-13. Make sure to pay attention to our national organization’s theme days during that week to broadcast and get excited about the organization we all know and love.
Monday, February 8- Media Monday
Tuesday, February 9- Team Tuesday
Wednesday, February 10- We Wear Red Wednesday
Thursday February 11- Thankful Thursday
Friday February 12- FACS Friday
To learn more about FCCLA Week and how to EMPOWER yourself, your community, and chapter during this week visit http://fcclainc.org/news--media/fccla-week.php for more information and prepare yourself for FCCLA Week!
If I could describe being a State Officer with one word, it would be this: Awesome! But I need a lot more than one word to really tell you about the amazing experience that is being a State Officer. Running for a State Officer was nerve racking, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world.
One of the benefits of being a State Officer is the amazing leadership training that you receive. You get to work with Tri Leadership to learn how to be an effective leader. Expanding your leadership skills comes with endless benefits that can help you in so many ways. From learning how to advocate for your organization to improving your public speaking, you learn skills that you will use throughout your whole life.
Another great thing about being a State Officer is that you get to meet so many amazing young student leaders! The State Officers from FCCLA, DECA, FBLA, HOSA, and Skills USA often work together. This means that you get to meet people from all around your state that have one thing in common with you: a passion for student leadership. The friendships that come from this can last a lifetime!
Not only do you get to expand your leadership skills and meet new people, but you also get to advocate for your organization as a State Officer. FCCLA is a student-led organization. As a State Officer, you have a huge role when it comes to making things happen within your organization. Getting to advocate for something that you are passionate about is a great feeling.
If you are considering running for a State Office, I would strongly encourage you to do so. The things that you learn and the experiences that you gain are irreplaceable! If you have any questions about running for a State Office, contact your State Officers today!
February is Career and Technical Education Month -- It’s time to broadcast the value of CTE statewide in a special Public Service Announcement…and YOU are the star! This year’s theme is Opportunities for Career Success! Students are encouraged to advocate, share stories, and raise awareness about how CTE is creating opportunities for your career success. To further promote the importance of Career and Technical Education, the Oregon CTE Student Leadership Foundation is hosting a Video Contest. Show your support and pride for CTE, and demonstrate how CTE is making an impact in the lives of many students by creating a Public Service Announcement video. There are cash prizes for the winning entries! The deadline is January 19, 2016 -- For more information, visitwww.oregonctso.org/videocontest
Oregon CTSO Chapter Grant Applications are Now Available! Please click here to download the grant information and instructions. When you are ready to submit your grant application, the online application can be found here: http://bit.ly/22zj0FS Please note: applications must be complete and submitted before 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, January 20. At that time the form will automatically close. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A chapter visit is when the Oregon FCCLA State Officers come to your school to spend time with your local FCCLA chapter! It is a great thing to do for your chapter. Here are five reasons why you should have a State Officer visit your school.
1. It is a great way to spread the word about FCCLA.
Having the State Officers visit your school is a great way to let people know about FCCLA. People can meet the State Officers and learn a lot about FCCLA if they are interested in it.
2. It’s fun!
Chapter visits are always a good time, and a lot of fun for both members and the officers. We love meeting the members and interacting with them!
3. You can learn a lot.
Whether you have questions about running for a state office, participating in STAR Events, or just FCCLA in general, the State Officers are there to answer your questions.
4. It encourages people to join FCCLA.
When people see how much fun the State Officers and the chapter members are having together, they will want to join in on the fun too!
5. You will get to know the State Officers better.
Having a State Officer visit your school is a good way to get to know them better because you will be able to interact with them on a more personal level.
There are so many reasons as to why you should have a State Officer visit your school. These are just a few examples. If you are interested in this, please email email@example.com. We hope to hear from you!
As State Leadership Conference approaches our members are starting to prepare for their competitive STAR Events. New members who don’t know; STAR Events stand for, Students Taking Action with Recognition. They are competitive events members participate in and are recognized for their proficiency and achievement in individual or group projects that improve leadership skills and promote career preparation. Participant will receive ranks based on a score rubric and then will either receive a gold, silver, or bronze medal. All gold recipients qualify and earn the chance to compete at National Leadership Conference this summer!
There are many categories of STAR Events including; career investigation, chapter service, culinary arts, early childhood education, entrepreneurship, food innovations, illustrated talk, interpersonal communication, job interview, national programs in action, nutrition and wellness, parliamentary procedure, sports nutrition and many more.
For more information you can visit: http://fcclainc.org/programs/star-event-descriptions.php - or talk to your adviser about different STAR Events and how you can get started on different projects and competitions.
Do you eat right, stay fit, and make healthy choices? All of these things are promoted by the National Program, Student Body. Student Body is a national program in action that teaches students the importance of eating healthy, staying active, and having a good attitude. Teen years are the ideal time to establish healthy habits. Many kids are not physically fit, have poor eating habits, and are often bothered by a lack of self-esteem. Student Body helps teens to build a healthy body, for today and later in the future.
In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. By now, this statistic has probably increased. By promoting healthy habits at a young age, we can hopefully decrease the number of obese students. Develop healthy eating habits by making sure to not eat a lot of junk food. Instead of junk food, eat fruit or vegetables. By eating fruit you get the healthy sugars instead of processed sugars, which are not good for you. When you are thirsty, drink water instead of juices and soda, which also have huge amounts of processed sugar.
Don’t sit inside all day. If it’s nice out, get outside and move around! Go for a bike ride or a run. By getting thirty minutes a day of exercise, you decrease your risk of becoming obese. So don’t make poor choices, learn more about student body and become a fit, healthy student!
The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is one of the coolest CTSO's you can join, but many would ask "why?". Here are "The Five Best Reasons to Join FCCLA…
No FCCLA member will ever tell you that they regret joining this organization. Memories that are made are never forgotten and with this group of fantastic students plenty of memories will be made. Maybe a few that are stressed out about an upcoming event or project, but many more about great times spent with friends.
2. The Skits!
After attending SLC any member will see the meaning of this reason. FCCLA skits are cheesy, corny, and hilarious wrapped into a couple fun little sessions. The state officers always take pride in their skits each year and show no shame in their presentation.
3. Leadership Experience
On a more serious note, FCCLA can present you with experiences that you will carry with you for a lifetime. FCCLA offers many opportunities where you are put into situations that require teamwork and collaboration. By competing in STAR Events you will be improving your personal confidence and public speaking skills as well.
4. New Friendships
By being in FCCLA you will have the opportunity to interact and mingle with other students with interests similar to yours. If you attend SLC or NLC you get the chance to make friends throughout your state and even from across the country. Meeting new people will definitely be one of your favorite FCCLA experiences.
5. Benefiting Yourself as well as the Community
This organization gives student the opportunity to better themselves while helping out fellow community members. By doing multiple national programs and STAR event projects students can express their love for their communities while learning more about them.
FCCLA stands for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. It is an organization that involves so many different things. It is easy for everyone to find something to love about FCCLA. Most importantly, FCCLA is a family. FCCLA’s mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development; creative and critical thinking; interpersonal communications; practical knowledge; and career preparation.
I fell in love with FCCLA during my freshman year after joining just because I wanted something to do. It has been something that has completely changed my life in ways that I would have never expected, and taught me many important, useful skills. Before FCCLA, I was not someone that would put myself out there. I definitely was not a leader, and I had no idea what to do with my life. FCCLA has taught me purpose and leadership--two things that I value greatly. Without FCCLA, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. I am now a confident leader with skills that will get me through important things in my life. FCCLA helped me break out of my shell and become a better version of myself, and it can do the same for you.
FCCLA is a great way to promote your own personal growth. Whether it is becoming more involved in your community or expanding your leadership skills, FCCLA can help you with it. With the many options that FCCLA provides, you can pick something that you love and do something with it. FCCLA not only helps the students that are involved, but it also helps schools. It helps to carry out the school’s purpose of preparing employable citizens, and also helps to gain community support. FCCLA is a positive, goal-oriented organization that provides many great opportunities for everyone involved. FCCLA is truly the ultimate leadership experience, and this is why you should join the amazing organization that is FCCLA.
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