APRIL Shaw, Kaylan Cochran, Michelle McCoy and Carlee Jones from the Jackson County Comprehensive High School chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently participated in a weekend leadership conference at the FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington.
Over 1,100 students and advisors from 175 schools across Georgia participated in leadership workshops, planned the chapter program of work and participated in competitions. Students were motivated by the conference theme, “Find Your Greatness.”
Along with other advisors and members from across the state, JCCHS’s FCCLA chapter advisors, Lydia Black and Kathy Jones accompanied members to the meeting.
The “Find Your Greatness” theme was reinforced by the opening general session where meeting attendees experienced a presentation and geared up for a variety of leadership training opportunities offered. Special highlights of the opening session included a presentation by the state and region officers and nationally known, keynote speaker, Rhett Laubach, who inspired and challenged members and advisors to take advantage of their oppurtunities as an individual and team leader. The session was followed by a dance sponsered by the Georgia FCCLA Foundation that helps to raise funds for members advancing to national competition.
The next day was filled with breakout sessions and the STAR Events Walk Through with examples of the 2012 National Conference winners. During this time, the chapters had an opportunity to network and plan their program of work for the year. Chapters also had the chance to compete in several events including: T-shirt Design, State Lapel Pin Design, Membership Recruitment and Statesman Award. At the conclusion of the day, the awards ceremony was held to recognize all of the accomplishments of the competiotion winners.
“We are so excited about all of the leadership opportunities offered to our kids through the FCCLA activities this year,” Black said. “JCCHS has a great group of kids who are dedicated to community service events and team building initiatives.”
Black has served as an FCCLA advisor for nine years at JCCHS.
FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. The organization has nearly 220,000 members from 53 state asscociations, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1945, FCCLA has involved more than nine million youth. FCCLA is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only in-school organization with the family as the central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers amd communities.