Everyone is part of a family and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is the only national career and technical student organization with the family as its central focus. 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 there are 735 members in 35 chapters across New York State. FCCLA has a national membership of over 225,000 young men and women in nearly 7,000 chapters. There are 50 state associations including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1945, FCCLA has involved more than nine million youth.
Each year the State Executive Council plans the program of work and creates a State Project. Additionally, officers are the ambassadors of our organization as they meet with government, business and community leaders.
Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence and career exploration.
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.
Official colors contribute to the organization's national unity and provide national identity. The FCCLA colors are - Red and White. Red suggests strength, courage and determination - personal qualities leading to happiness through a positive self-image. White symbolizes sincerity of purpose and integrity of action, qualities that will help individuals build a better tomorrow.
The FCCLA emblem shows that FCCLA is a dynamic, active organization bound for the future.
The dominant collegiate lettering articulates a focus on education and student leadership. The swooping arrow arch is a common motif in today's designs and definitely embodies an active organization that moves toward new arenas. The color of the emblem is one of the organizational colors—red.
With it's space-like feel, this emblem is sure to last well into the future, but will always be linked to the time when FHA at the turn of the century changed to FCCLA.
The red rose represents the organization because it gives joy through its beauty and fragrance. It symbolizes a desire for beauty in everyday living.
To promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through:
- character development
- creative and critical thinking
- interpersonal communication
- practical knowledge and
- vocational preparation
"Toward New Horizons"
- to provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life
- to strengthen the function of the family as a unit of society
- to encourage democracy through cooperative action in the home and community
- to encourage individual and group involvement in helping achieve global cooperation and harmony
- to promote greater understanding between youth and adults
- to provide opportunities for making decisions and for assuming responsibilities.
- to prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today's society
- to promote family and consumer sciences and related occupations