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Family, Career and Community Leaders–National Career & Tech Organization for Young People (FCCLA)

An organization that instills/teaches character and value building, interpersonal communication skills necessary for the workplace and home life, career advice, and community engagement (to name a few of their goals) in young people.

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Ran across the FCCLA organization website while doing some research for a post in the Youth Mentor Challenge.

I had never heard of The FCCLA. Their mission statement hooked me since it's fairly comprehensive and tries to instill an admirable set of skills in young people, like: character and value building, interpersonal communication skills necessary for the workplace and home life, career advice, and community engagement, to name a few... Here's the formal mission statement:
"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."

Some more info on what they do:
"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 -- necessary in the home and workplace."

  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"

The Department of Education endorses them. They have 200,000 young people in 5,500 chapters.

Cornerstones -- from Meena:

Possible additional tenets:
self-respect and respect for others
goal setting

Pulled these keywords from their site - these describe the foundation they want to build in youth leaders:

Their comprehensive, holistic lesson plan listing blew me away:

Interesting approach/model to consider...


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FCCLA looks like a good nonprofit; I think it'd be great to see this type of work expanded to people of all ages. It looks like FCCLA only works with middle-school and high-school students:

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Hi David,
Yup. They are K-12 focused apparently. And, I agree. It's a superb set of skills for all ages.