FCCLA is a nonprofit national vocational student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private schools through grade 12.
Everyone is part of a family, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is the only national career and technical student organization with the family as its central focus. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. Today, more than 220,000 members in nearly 7,000 chapters are active in a network of associations in 50 states and the District
of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career exploration.
Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life—planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication.
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 communication,
- Practical knowledge, and
- Vocational preparation.
- To provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life
- To strengthen the function of the family as a unit of society
- To encourage democracy through cooperative action in the home and community
- To encourage individual and group involvement in helping achieve global cooperation and harmony
- To promote greater understanding between youth and adults
- To provide opportunities for making decisions and for assuming responsibilities
- To prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today's society
- To promote family and consumer sciences and related occupations
- 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;
- Provides opportunities for active student participation at local, state, and national levels.
FCCLA has a national membership of more than 220,000 young men and women in nearly 7,000 chapters. There are 50 state associations plus associations in 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 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
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).
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.
Teen Times, the official magazine of FCCLA, is published quarterly during the school year and distributed to affiliated members. The national staff also publishes a variety of other resource materials for members and adult leaders. A free publication catalog is available upon request.