Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc. (FCCLA)
FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school through grade 12.
Nashville, TN. – Suzi Stirm, of Melba recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America's (FCCLA) 2013 National Leadership Conference.
Suzi, who will be a junior this year at Melba High School, and is the daughter Dan and Heidi Stirm received a Silver medal in Promote and Publicize FCCLA, one of 31 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. Her medal was presented at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center on Thursday, July 11. Approximately 3,600 students advanced from the local, regional, and state level of STAR Events to the national meeting and more than 20 students ran for national FCCLA officer positions.
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FCCLA's STAR Events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation, and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants.
Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.
Along with competition 7000 FCCLA members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the country gathered together in Nashville for FCCLA's 2013 National Leadership Conference. This conference theme was "Discover Your Voice" and challenged participants to confront the issues youth are facing today by gaining the necessary skills through leadership development and competitive events.
A new educational community service opportunity was announced. For the 2012-2013 year, FCCLA collaborated with the March of Dimes to prevent prematurity, birth defects, and infant mortality through increased awareness and education. Through the combined efforts of chapters across the nation working together for stronger, healthier babies raising a donation over $80,000 was presented to The March of Dimes. For the 2013-2014 year FCCLA will be partnering with the Autism Speaks Organization. FCCLA chapters across the nation will be raising and donating money to this organization in hopes of finding cures or developing coping strategies and techniques for those with autism and those who deal with this disorder.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 200,000 members and over 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.
Six Melba FCCLA members traveled to SLC (State Leadership Conference) ready to compete. Karina Zavala, Jazmin Acosta and Yosele Leon represented Melba FCCLA in the National Program Showcase event. They created a display featuring their project of No Kid Hungry. They raised money by volunteering at the scone table at the Melba Community Auction and selling ice cream and brownies at the home basketball games. They contributed over $300 to the national No Kid Hungry campaign. Erika Svedin competed in Recycle and Redesign. She created a Tic-Tac-Toe game from old jeans. Audrey Svedin competed in the Entrepreneur competition. She created a portfolio including a business plan, budget and advertising for an event decorating business, she placed second in the state. Suzi Stirm competed in Promote and Publicize FCCLA. She also completed a portfolio about all the different promotions the Melba FCCLA chapter has done the last year and placed first.
While at the conference the Melba members participated in a Stomp Out Hunger activity. For three hours the girls worked filling raised beds with alternating layers of compost and dirt at the new community garden at Borah High School. When the beds were full they were 'stirred' using shovels and then planted. The girls were creative and planted one bed with cabbage and broccoli creating the acronym MHS with the plants.
Now the members are working to raise money to attend NLC (National Leadership Conference) this summer in Nashville Tennessee. They are selling Dinners-on-the-Go. They will be providing dinners to be ready for pickup on May 8th. You will have the choice of two different menus to feed a family of 5 for only $20 a meal. The meal will be ready to put in the oven. The meal will include your choice of Lasagna or Spinach Manicotti, Green Salad, Garlic Bread, and Brownies. You can order this meal by phone at 495-2221 or email Heidi Stirm. Please put "Dinners on the go" in the subject line. The last day to order will be May 4th. Meals may be picked up and paid for on May 8th in the commons between 4 P.M. and 7 P.M.
Pictured from left to right are Yosele Leon, Suzi Stirm, Erika Svedin, Jazmin Acosta, and Karina Zavala. Click to enlarge.
Everyone is part of a family, and Family Career and Community Leaders of America is the only national career and technica 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 over 225,000 members in nearly 7,000 chapters are active in a network of associations in 50 states as well as in 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 -- necessary in the home and workplace.
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