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By Joshua Eddinger-Lucero, Youth Leadership Manager
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for individuals in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education in public and private school through grade 12. FCCLA offers intra-curricular resources and opportunities for students to pursue careers that support families. 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 (FCS) education.

Today over 192,000 members in more than 4,750 chapters are active in a network of associations in most states. The work of FCCLA helps students and teachers focus on a variety of youth concerns, including financial literacy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, sustainability, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career preparation in four specific Career Pathways. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life necessary in the home and workplace.

Learn more here and find out how FCCLA has provided the Ultimate Leadership Experience to its members through leadership development and career exploration for more than 75 years.

  • FCCLA is a student-led organization and encourages members to take the skills gained, connections formed, and opportunities experienced by leading and serving as a chapter, region/district, state, or national officer.
  • FCCLA offers eight peer-to-peer educational programs to help students develop real-world skills for life within Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education. FCCLA’s Financial Fitness National Program engages members in teaching one another how to earn, spend, save, and protect money wisely.
  • Members may choose from 50+ Competitive Events to participate in, which apply skills and knowledge gained through FCS education.
  • Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s careers, FCCLA supports student career exploration of its four Career Pathways: Human Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Training, and Visual Arts and Design.

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  • Financial education is a large aspect of both FCCLA and FCS. From classrooms to conferences  and college to career, FCCLA and FCS education strives to instill in students the importance of managing their finances.
  • FCCLA will host its upcoming National Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA, from June 29-July 3. In addition to celebrating the members’ accomplishments, FCCLA will recognize chapters for their hard work and innovative projects with the Financial Fitness National Program Award.

What Members Say

2021-2022 National President, Hunter Prinz, says that Financial Fitness “is one of our most valuable National Programs. Through encouraging members to learn more about financial literacy, members develop effective practices to earn, save, spend and protect their finances while educating their peers and community. My personal experiences with projects using the Financial Fitness National Program have provided me opportunities to participate in peer-to-peer education in our high school learning about online financial safety, working with local car dealerships to learn about purchasing and financing a vehicle, and meeting with a financial planner to learn about what steps to take for financial stability as an adult.”

Financial Literacy Month is the perfect time to highlight  FCCLA member engagement through projects completed all around the country. Some of those include: (photos included)

  • Living on a Budget
  • Not so Fast… That’s my Money
  • Finding Your Footing with Money
  • Cost of Baby
  • SNAP Project Budget
  • Scams and Frauds
  • Christmas Budget Help
  • Hungry Household
  • Credit Card 101
  • Scams and Frauds
  • Banking Skills

FCCLA provides lesson plans, activities, and project ideas that align with FCS National Standards and FCCLA’s Financial Fitness National Program to assist members in becoming wise financial managers and smart consumers. Utilize the links below to learn more about FCCLA and the financial education aspect of FCS.

Financial Fitness Info Sheet

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Joshua Eddinger-Lucero, Youth Leadership Manager

The first week of financial literacy month has come to a close and Jump$tart is always honored to be leaders in the mission to move financial literacy forward. #FLM is an opportunity to talk, to teach, and to reach as many people as we can with the mission and vision of financial education for all. Make sure to check out our FLM Toolkit with graphics and messaging you can use to spread the message.

In efforts to provide quality resources, we are looking to our community of providers to submit resources for review to include in the Jump$tart Clearinghouse. The mission requires access to quality resources that teach, inform, and transform.

Do you have a new initiative, program, book, or other resources, that we can add to the Clearinghouse? Submit it for review today. Email and help us continue of our collective mission to move financial literacy forward.