When it comes to telling others how important family and consumer science education is we are the only ones that can do it adequately. FCCLA has developed a one page description of our organization to help explain its tremendous reach. I encourage each of you do the same for your chapter to present to school board members, business and industry leaders, and, of course, parents.
Advocating our cause to all decision makers will keep FACS education in schools and well funded. Below are five tips for talking to key decision makers.
- Be Prepared. Go into all appointments with “measurable data” to show your program improves education.
- Know the Facts. Make sure you are aware of the impact that local and state Perkins plans have on your program.
- Invite Participation. Whether it’s a school board member, a state legislator, or a potential sponsor, invite others to attend meetings and events to demonstrate your success.
- Bring Your Students. There is no better proof of a successful program than a hearing it from a successful student.
- Keep in Touch. Send thank you notes and copies of press releases to remind decision makers of the successful program they have helped create.