Utah FCCLA student members, who placed first in the state competition, are in Washington, D.C., along with more than 7,000 FCCLA members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country, to participate in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. Beginning July 5 and continuing through July 9, FCCLA student members will attend general and business sessions, workshops, trainings, and compete in 30 STAR Events. STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.
On July 8 FCCLA will host a rally on Capitol Hill, with 5,000 youth and adults in attendance, to showcase support for Family and Consumer Sciences education and celebrate 70 years of youth career preparation and leadership. The rally will feature special guest speakers and the largest performance ever of the “GimmeFive Dance.” The GimmeFive Dance was created by First Lady Michelle Obama to promote healthy lifestyles, which is in keeping with the FCCLA national conference’s theme of “Together We Are Healthy.”
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At the conference FCCLA will continue to celebrate its 70th anniversary —#70YearsStrong. Founded as Future Homemakers of America in June 1945, the organization had a focus to prepare teens for their roles as homemakers in the post-World War II era. In 1999 FHA members voted to change the organization’s name to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, a move that symbolized its modern focus on leadership and career preparation while also honoring a foundation in preparing both men and women to have strong families, successful careers and to be community leaders. Today, the organization’s program focus includes financial management, career planning, leadership development and community service, while also meeting the increasing need for highly trained employees for the culinary, hospitality, early childhood, and fashion/interior design industries.