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
What is affiliation and why should I pay to affiliate my chapter members? Affiliation is the official way to become an FCCLA member. There are a lot 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 Hospitality and Management, Culinary Arts, Education and Training, and Textiles.
- 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 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.
**NEW This Year ONLY** Due to Covid-19, National FCCLA is offering membership options:
•Middle Level full school affiliation pilot = $250
•Urban affiliation = $4,500
•Regular Membership = 12 member minimum $9 pp
•Up to 20 Members Leadership Development Participation Package = $160 –Note every member over 20 is at $9 pp rate
•Unlimited FCS Student Package = $400
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.
Please use these step-by-step instructions to affiliate your chapter for the 2020-2021 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. Taking over a chapter for another adviser? Contact Michelle Semonelle to get your credentials! 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: $0 Pilot Postsecondary Flyer 100% Middle Level Affiliation Program Information
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.
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!