Last year when I began teaching at a new school, I was starting from scratch with FCCLA Officers. There were two girls that were interested, but hesitant to fill out the application. After much encouragement, they finally filled it out—one of them becoming the Chapter President. After being selected for the officer team, these two girls really came out of their shell. They began seeking out projects for us to participate in and actively working towards increasing membership. Our first year, we increased our membership from 25-54—all with the motivation and support of an outstanding officer team.
As the year continued, these two girls—my Ashley's—continued to be more involved. They both applied and interviewed for State Office and when they didn't make it, decided it was great practice for District. In the spring of 2010, they were both selected to be on the District Officer Team. I couldn't have been more proud! Watching the two of them grow and develop as leaders has been one of my proudest moments as an FCCLA Adviser. Having the opportunity to watch a student go from shy and quiet to speaking eloquently in front of 500 of their peers is amazing.
I have come to realize that there are times that you have to encourage students to take the leap into leadership, and once they do—it is amazing to see the results!
Contributed by Jessica Marlow, National Consultant Team, Oklahoma
Students who inspire me are the ones who always keep me guessing. The student who most comes to mind as an inspiration is one who stepped up and led an entire chapter event. She had helped with the event in the past but she took the event, worked extra hard, got outside sponsorship, and made it more popular than ever. She's the kind of student who is always busy with other activities and athletics but she saw the importance of educating our students about the dangers of unprotected sun exposure. With her leadership and the help of the chapter, our small school raised over $700 for the Skin Cancer Foundation. I'll never forget her hard work and determination to educate our students and make the event a success.
Contributed by Allison Kreifels, National Consultant Team, Nebraska