FCCLA Attends Leadership Workshop
Nine Members from Plainview FCCLA recently attended the Nebraska Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Fall Leadership Workshop. Officers and Members attending were Destiny Rickard, Brooklyn Kumm, Devon Tunender, Aiden Petersen, Jessica Booth, Logan Jacobsen, Roni Prewitt, Shayla Jacobsen, Adviser Ronita Jacobsen and student teacher Brooke Schmeckpeper. This annual event was held at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, Nebraska and featured over 584 students from all corners of Nebraska. The theme for this year is Fuel Your Passion as Nebraska FCCLA works to provide members with opportunities to discover and find their passion for their future and career.
All students at this event heard from members of the Nebraska FCCLA State Officer Team, the State Peer Officer Team, and other chapter leaders about state and national programs, leadership development, and chapter management. This year keynote speaker, Dean Jacobs challenged members to life a life wonder and humanity. Through a presentation highlighting his travels around the world he shared Eight Lessons of Humanity…generosity, gratitude, dignity, curiosity, humility, respect, kindness and community. He concluded his presentation by stating that “There is a need for a voice of humanity. This builds hopeful students. Dreams are for everyone. Don’t get trapped in a box. Dream Big. Live Tall. Make the World Better.”
Members were then divided into the new member track and the officer training track. New members were led through a series of interactive activities by Madeline Wittstruck, FCCLA National Executive Council Vice-President of Finance from Milford, to help them learn more about FCCLA. Shayla Jacobsen found these activities fun and enjoyed meeting new members throughout the state. Officers found themselves attending sessions specific to their officer role such as president, secretary, national programs, membership, etc. Officers will bring this information and training home and implement it in a variety of ways in the chapter and its activities this year. President Jessica Booth plans to incorporate icebreakers she learned into the meetings to make them more fun while Logan Jacobsen plans to explain how the new competitive events such as STAR Events have changed and will affect everyone this fall when planning their projects and preparing for districts.
Nebraska FCCLA works to prepare students for future careers in Human Services, Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, and Visual Arts and Design. Therefore, in the afternoon, officers attended sessions towards these careers. The University of Nebraska at Kearney Family Studies Department helped students learn about Passion for the Future by considering a future degree program focused on helping others. Dr. Christine Chasek presented Brain Storms: 12 Mind Bending Careers in Behavioral Health from the Counseling and Psychology Department at UNK. FCCLA Alumni shared with students how FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences inspired them and the FCS related careers. Kim Bearnes form UNL Extension in Stanton County also presented on Community Service.
Adviser Ronita Jacobsen and Brooke Schmeckpeper attended adviser sessions. They were provided updates and changes occurring within FCCLA, along with a new conference and training session being planned for members and advisers in January to address the crisis involving vaping, along with the continued drug, alcohol, and nicotine addictions youth and families face.
Members were able to include some extra fun in the trip by exploring Yanney Heritage Park and climbing the 80’ Gottschalk Tower Sunday night before the conference began and eating at Skeeter Barns.
FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national career and technical 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. Nebraska FCCLA has over 2,800 members in 98 chapters across the state. For more information about FCCLA, please visit www.nebraskafccla.org.