New Advisers

So, you’ve decided to become an FCCLA Adviser?  Congratulations!

You’ve joined the most  dynamic and effective 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.

You may be wondering, where do I begin? First, you should get a chapter together by making advertising your new organization around your school.  Build interest!  Once you have interested students, please see the step-by-step instructions below to “affiliate” into the organization.  Affiliation is the only way to gain access to valuable resources, including many lesson plans and the Competitive Events Guide. 

Start a New FCCLA Chapter

State Affiliation

What is affiliation and why should I pay to affiliate my chapter members? Well, there are lots of benefits:

Attend and participate in all local, district, state, and national meetings, activities and, projects.
 Compete in National STAR Events – Students Taking Action with
Recognition in the areas of Advocacy, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood, and Teach and Train.
 Participate in events designed for FCCLA members.
 Subscription to Teen Times, the official national FCCLA magazine.
 Eligible for Scholarships and Awards

Delaware does not have state dues, so affiliating on the National website automatically affiliates you in the state of Delaware!

National Affliliation

National dues for each member are $9.00. There is a minimum of 12 members or $108.00 per chapter, plus an adviser fee of $9.00 per adviser.

Middle School Affiliation is a special dues structure and is available to chapters that qualify. Those schools with small enrollments (less than 27 students) may want to choose to affiliate individual members at $9 each.
Specifics of the program:
• Students in grades 9 and below enrolled in a Family and Consumer Sciences course that is a semester or less in length are eligible for chapter affiliation.
• The annual national affiliation fee is $250, (This fee covers all students in your class any time during the year), which entitles each eligible chapter to receive 25 copies of August/September of Teen Times.
• In schools with grades 6-12, only those in grade 9 or lower are eligible for the 100% Middle Level Affiliation membership.
• National 100% Middle Level chapter affiliation is available only if the state offers chapter affiliation as well.

Helpful hints and membership recruitment information is available here.


Start a new FCCLA Chapter

The first step for a new adviser is to establish and affiliate a FCCLA chapter. Follow the Chapter Checklist for basic guidelines on establishing a chapter. National and state affiliation is required to use the “FCCLA” name. Make sure your administration understands the benefits of having an FCCLA chapter.

Next click the link below to visit the National FCCLA Chapter Portal. Please use the First Time Chapter Affiliation button to request a new chapter in the system. Once your state adviser approves the request, you will receive login credentials to affiliate your students.

New Chapter Request Form

Please use these step-by-step instructions to affiliate your chapter for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

New Chapter Advisers:  Please use the First Time Chapter Affiliation button to request a new chapter in the system.  Once your state adviser approves the request, you will receive login credentials to affiliate your students.

 

Affiliation Tutorial Video

 

Member Affiliation Information

FCCLA Chapter Member CSV Template

 

National Affiliation:

National dues for each member are $9.00. There is a minimum of 12 members or $108.00 per chapter, plus an adviser fee of $9.00 per adviser.

State Dues:

For individual state dues rates, contact your state adviser.

Pilot Postsecondary Flyer

100% Middle Level Affiliation Program Information

New Advisers

Who can JOIN?

Who is eligible to be a member of FCCLA?

Any student who has taken a course in Family and Consumer Sciences, or as determined by the state department of education, middle school through grade 12 is eligible for active membership in an organized chapter within their school. Once the state and national dues are paid, the student will be an official affiliated member. Teachers can join FCCLA, too! Teachers certified to teach Family and Consumer Sciences Education, or as determined by the state department of education, can serve as the FCCLA chapter adviser. Remember: You don’t have to do it all! FCCLA offers a variety of national programs and events to help increase the effectiveness of your Family and Consumer Sciences program and motivates students. During your chapter’s first years, guide members toward the programs that seem to best serve your local community needs. As members gain experience and build a tradition of chapter success, they will be ready to branch out into additional programs and events.

Where Do I Start?
  • The first step for a new adviser is to establish and affiliate a FCCLA chapter. Follow the Chapter Checklist(.pdf) for basic guidelines on establishing a chapter. National and state affiliation is required to use the “FCCLA” name. Make sure your administration understands the benefits of having an FCCLA chapter.
  • Many advisers find that the second step is to involve students right away in a hands-on project that are both fun and meaningful. Whether through an official FCCLA national program or a simple local effort, give members a chance to make a difference and take the lead.
  • Attend an FCCLA district/regional meeting or a national meeting.
  • Ask your state adviser to explain how FCCLA is organized in your state and to find an experienced adviser to be your mentor and sounding board. Obtain, review, and use FCCLA publications and audiovisual resources. Perhaps, most of all, enjoy your students and your FCCLA chapter experiences

Do you aim to instill students with a love of learning? Advising an FCCLA chapter can be an excellent adventure with rich rewards, a stronger FACS program, closer relationships with students, and personal and professional recognition. Keep your eye on the prize, relax, and rely on your students creativity and enthusiasm!

Things to keep in mind during your first year:

Start small

Resources for New Advisers