Family, Career and Community Leaders of America


Hayeon Choi, Staff Writer


  • Provides opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life
  • Strengthens the function of the family as a basic unit of society
  • Encourages democracy through cooperative action in the home and community
  • Encourages individual and group involvement in helping achieve global cooperation and harmony
  • Provides opportunities for making decisions and for assuming responsibilities
  • Prepares for the multiple roles of men and women in today’s society
  • Promotes Family and Consumer Sciences and related occupations


  • 70 members
  • Meets during all three lunches on the second Tuesday of each month in room 807

Officers and Sponsor

  • President: sophomore Annslee Tokar
  • Vice President: junior Dana Newman
  • Co-Vice President of Projects: freshman Olivia Herrmann and sophomore Makenna Tschetter
  • Co-Vice President of Membership: freshman Megan Dobso and junior Rachel Stackhouse
  • Co-Secretary/Treasurer: freshman Abby Gayda and sophomore Natalie Menniges


  • Hope Via

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national career and technical student organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.

“We are a student organization, meaning that we are led by our students,” early childhood education teacher and FCCLA sponsor Hope Via said. “Our student officers make the decisions for the organization, lead the meetings, and hold the primary responsibilities for making the organization run smoothly.”

This international organization started in 1945 as Future Homemakers of America. Students who have had a family and consumer science class can join FCCLA. At Starr’s Mill, early childhood education classes fall under the FACS umbrella, as do nutrition and wellness teacher Cheryl Clower‘s foods science, culinary, and home economics classes.

There are many benefits that come with joining FCCLA for the students. Developing a personal leadership style, having fun through shared group experiences, preparing for community living as a responsible citizen, developing employability skills and improving home and family ties are some of the benefits that come with joining the club. Along with these advantages, joining the organization gives students an opportunity to develop a wider circle of friends who work cooperatively with teachers in an informal environment.

“I love that our students lead the organization,” Via said. “The only way to truly develop leadership skills is to use them.”