While we all excel at certain hobbies or fields of study, it is important to be well-rounded and find balance in life. Our communities benefit from balanced individuals, and a balance of individuals. The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Club offers high-school students across the nation opportunities to gain an education in family values, and preparation for college and career life. FCCLA encourages personal growth and development, focusing on helping students become a better, more well-rounded version of themselves.
“Here at Corner Canyon High School we are so proud of FCCLA and the direction that it is heading. FCCLA is a student led organization and our chapter is the biggest chapter in the state and ranks in the top 5% in the nation,” said Charri Jensen, Corner Canyon High School (CCHS) FCCLA Adviser. With 411 members, the chapter and our community greatly benefits from such a large membership. It allows for additional funding, larger impact on community service projects, and a wider connection and outreach between students and surrounding communities.
The 2017 FCCLA officers created membership campaigns for new members, retained existing members and continued to lead through community service and organization of school functions. “FCCLA is the ultimate leadership experience that gives students the opportunities to better themselves through community service as well as taking an active role in the school community,” says Brandon Galli, President of FCCLA, 2017. The officers’ dedication and outstanding outcomes resulted in a 2017 Go for the Red – Gold Membership Award.
“FCCLA is an organization that can take a student and give them many opportunities, not only in leadership, organizations skills, but life building blocks. FCCLA is striving to get the students so that they may go out and tackle the world with confidence and without fear. I have watched a shy young student gain the confidence in themselves to be able to take charge of many leadership responsibilities,” said Jensen.
Think FCCLA is all warm and fuzzy? Think again…Officers and members of FCCLA compete in a variety of events, gaining placement among their peers on a state and national level. This past year the club has had 22 officers and members prepare to compete in Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Events. These are competitive events in which members are recognized for knowledge and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. For example, Kai Miller and Kamryn Williams, CCHS FCCLA members, traveled to Mexico and advocated for children in third world countries. In 2016, the officers participated in the National Program, Zero Fatalities, and used STAR Events as a pedestal to advocate for the program. Ultimately, the CCHS chapter won $1,000 from Zero Fatalities and the State of Utah for their Buckle Up Awareness Award.
CCHS FCCLA members have the opportunity to attend the National Leadership Conference (NLC) each year in places like San Diego, California and Nashville, Tennessee. They showcase their STAR event, and provide a snapshot of how the chapter has been implementing the leadership skills taught by FCCLA in their school and community. This year, members walked away with Gold and/or Silver medals for their STAR event.
The CCHS FCCLA adviser, Charri Jensen, was nominated for Adviser of the Year at the State Leadership Conference this year, she says, “the thing that is most rewarding to me as an Adviser is getting to know the kids that are involved. I love watching their growth and watching them succeed at things they never thought they could have done. I truly love the kids.”
Our Draper community benefits from such a large club in our city because FCCLA is a service and leadership oriented club. This past year they have performed service for the Draper community including making and donating treats for the Festival of Trees, earning more than $480 for CCHSs December Charity, and helping other members with their STAR Events.