FCCLA Overview


  • Is the only in-school student organization with the family as its central focus
  • Is a Career and Technical student organization that functions as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education curriculum and operates within the school system
  • Provides opportunities for active student participation at local, state, and national levels


FCCLA has a national membership of over 202,000 member in over 5,800 chapters. There are 50 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 the voting delegates at the annual National Leadership Meeting and together make up the National Executive Council.

The Oregon Association has five State Officers selected at the state conference which makes up the State Executive Council. Meet the Oregon FCCLA State Officers.

The National Board of Directors is composed of adult representatives from education and business and four youth representatives.

The State Board of Directors is composed of adult representatives from education and business. Oregon FCCLA Board of Directors.

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

National 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-OVAE) and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

Oregon FCCLA is supported by state and federal funding as well as student membership dues. Oregon FCCLA is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education.

National Staff

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.