FCCLA students to hear about bullyingMore than 1,000 middle and high school students will gather for Minnesota FCCLA’s (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) annual State Leadership Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel April 11-13.
More than 1,000 middle and high school students will gather
for Minnesota FCCLA’s (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) annual State Leadership Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel April 11-13.
This year’s student-created theme is “iSucceed!” Chapters from across the state compete in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events, participate in youth-training workshops, and take interest in general sessions lead by student officers of the organization that showcase this year’s successes.
Highlights of the conference include keynote speaker Craig Scott with a presentation on bullying, student officer elections on
the regional and state level, fitness activities, and more. This weekend gives members,
advisors, parents, and community leaders the opportunity to unite and collaborate in a
positive, youth-orientated atmosphere.
Craig Scott, this year’s keynote speaker, was a student at Columbine High School
over a decade ago where his sister, Rachel Joy Scott, was the first of 13 victims shot.
The Scott family started an organization, Rachel’s Challenge, that believes in
combating youth violence through a curriculum of kindness and compassion, keeping
Rachel’s spirit and morals alive. Student FCCLA officers learned about the program at
Minnesota’s November Summit conference, and it has inspired schools statewide to
incorporate Rachel’s Challenge locally. FCCLA’s State Peer Education team will moderate
various Rachel activities throughout State Conference: Additionally, State Peer
Educators are well knowledgeable in the National FCCLA program STOP the Violence
(STOP standing for Students Taking On Prevention) to incorporate this curriculum into
Another feature at the state conference includes participation in over 30 different
categories through STAR Events. Chapter members give presentations about projects
they’ve organized and executed this past year—having advanced from Regional
competitions—for an opportunity to attend the National Leadership Conference in
Nashville this summer. Projects cover a wide scope of current issues that address
anything from bullying, to fitness, to traffic safety. Students attend an Academy Awards
session Friday evening to receive STAR Event results, including awards in bronze, silver,
and gold categories dependent on performance. Many STAR Events give students the
opportunity to ignite youth leadership in the community, stressing cooperation as the
basis of success.
FCCLA—a nationwide Career and Technical Student Organization—helps students
develop leadership skills and address important societal issues through Family and
Consumer Sciences education. The organization nationally has over 200,000 members
from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, involving more than 10 million
youth since its founding in 1945.