Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education in public and private school through grade 12. FCCLA offers intra-curricular resources and opportunities for students to pursue careers that support families. 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 182,000 members from 5,253 chapters are active in a network of associations in 48 states, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The work of FCCLA helps students and teachers focus on a variety of youth concerns, including parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, sustainability, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career preparation in four specific Career Pathways. 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.
Crandall HS junior Kaitlyn Roberts placed second in the nation and earned up to $40,000 in scholarships at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. She competed in the Early Childhood Education Division, where she advanced through three levels before making it to nationals. Congratulations!
Roberts is the first CISD student to qualify for nationals in the Early Childhood Education division and her second-place finish is the district’s top individual performance, ever—which earned her up to $40,000 in college scholarships.
“It was an honor to be selected among the top three in the nation, and then to earn second place was incredible,” Roberts said. “I look forward to competing in a different category next year and expanding my knowledge and leadership skills.”
Roberts competed in the Level 3-Early Childhood Education Division, where she advanced through three levels before making it to nationals. Her winning submission was a portfolio that demonstrated the knowledge and skills gained through her enrollment in an occupational early childhood program. She also delivered an oral presentation and activity related to lesson planning.
“As the child of an educator, I see the hard work and dedication it takes to truly make a difference in the lives of students,” Roberts said. “My teacher, Mrs. Harrell, and my mom have been incredibly supportive and helpful throughout this learning experience.”
FCCLA provides competitive events at district, regional, state and national levels. Contests are designed for students to demonstrate proficiency in leadership skills, career preparation and advocacy for positive change.
Members choose from more than 50 competitions that apply skills and knowledge gained through Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education. Leslie Harrell teaches FCS classes at Crandall HS and accompanied Roberts to nationals.
“We have the opportunity to prepare our students for career success through the pathways and courses taught within our FCS curriculum,” Harrell said. “It is amazing that, as high schoolers, our Pirates can explore things that interest them now, and gain legitimate experience working in a field they may want to pursue after graduation. Kaitlyn has done an amazing job competing—and winning—at the regional, state and national levels.”
CISD has sent four previous student teams to the national conference, producing three gold-medal finishes and one silver.