What Is FCCLA?

FCCLA stands for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. This organization helps provide students with opportunities for growth and development in terms of personal, leadership and career goals within the scope of Family and Consumer Sciences education. The organization operates nationwide in the United States.

A school's FCCLA chapter is advised by a family and consumer science teacher, and any student enrolled in a family and consumer science course is eligible to join. Members pay national and state dues to support national publications and mailings, national programs, training, membership processing and promotion, national officer's efforts, National Board of Director's activities, and fundraising efforts. Members are eligible to join as comprehensive or occupational members. Occupational members are those focused on a specific path in a career related to family and consumer science, while comprehensive members are more generalized.

The organization provides advisers with lesson plans that promote character development, creative and critical thinking, and interpersonal communication. The primary goal of the FCCLA is to educate students about the multiple roles of wage earner, family member and community leader through active participation and discussion. Programs available to chapters include: community traffic safety, which addresses distracted driving, financial fitness, goal setting, reducing youth violence, healthy eating and leadership.