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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. www.fcclainc.org/content/fccla/

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Ran across the FCCLA organization website while doing some research for a post in the Youth Mentor Challenge.
www.fcclainc.org/content/fccla/

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."

Purposes:
  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:
empowerment
community
connected-ness
collaboration
leadership
adaptability

Possible additional tenets:
empathy
self-respect and respect for others
self-assurance
accountability
goal setting
growth

Pulled these keywords from their site - these describe the foundation they want to build in youth leaders:
"enthusiasm
knowledgeable
innovative
futuristic
commitment"

Their comprehensive, holistic lesson plan listing blew me away:
http://www.fcclainc.org/content/lesson-plans-and-activities/

Interesting approach/model to consider...

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Photo of Meena Kadri

So it sounds like their key focus points are: empowerment, community connected-ness, collaboration, leadership and adaptability? Those seem like great takeaways that could form cornerstones of various solutions that we're hoping all your switched-on folks might propose for our upcoming Ideas phase :^) Great to have you back on another challenge, Leigh!

Photo of Guy Viner

Glad to see you bringing back some insights and learnings from the youth mentor challenge! I'm happy to see you highlight some additional roles that are important to youth above and beyond work: family, community, etc.. Great share!

Photo of Leigh Cullen

Hi Meena! Definitely. These are great core pillars: empowerment, community connected-ness, collaboration, leadership and adaptability.

Possible additional tenets:
empathy
self-respect and respect for others
self-assurance
accountability
goal setting
growth

Pulled these keywords from their site - these describe the foundation they want to build in youth leaders:
"enthusiasm
knowledgeable
innovative
futuristic
commitment"

Their comprehensive , holistic lesson plan listing blew me away:
http://www.fcclainc.org/content/lesson-plans-and-activities/

Photo of Leigh Cullen

And thanks Guy! :)

Photo of David

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:
http://www.fcclainc.org/content/faq/

Photo of Leigh Cullen

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