Kasson-Mantorville FCCLA members Mackenzie Shay, Hannah Wunrow, Kenzi Swarts, Sarah Hamlin, Tayler Marshall, Madi McAndews, Lauren Starkson and Aranxta Hernandez. Submitted photo.
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December 19, 2012
Student officers combat youth violence at FCCLA summit
Chapter leaders, regional and state officers from across the state attended Minnesota Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) Dynamic Leadership II training November 3rd and 4th at the Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Attending from the Kasson-Mantorville FCCLA chapter were: Sarah Hamlin, Tayler Marshall, Madi McAndrews, Lauren Starkson, Aranxta Herandez, Kenzi Swarts, Mackenzie Shay, and Hannah Wunrow. The youth conference focused on leadership, national FCCLA programs, chapter planning and a strong highlight on the prevention of youth violence. Youth representatives, community leaders, and Minnesota legislators learned about Minnesota FCCLA’s efforts to educate and create positive influences in schools and communitys.
Rachel Joy Scott was the first victim at Columbine High School’s horrific school shooting in 1999. Minnesota FCCLA’s President Olivia Wicklund had the opportunity to attend a Rachel’s Challenge conference in June of 2012. She was inspired by Rachel Joy Scott’s message of caring and compassion and its contribution to safer learning environments. Staff members of the organization presented at FCCLA’s conference. Scott, in a paper written just months before her death, wrote: “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.” After attending the Rachel’s Challenge conference in June, President Olivia Wicklund was inspired to start a chain reaction of the same and said “Attending a presentation and training about Rachel’s Challenge will change your life. It did mine!” The overall message of preventing youth violence stems from one of FCCLA’s national programs, STOP (Students Taking On Prevention) The Violence. Through peer education, members learn to recognize, report and ultimately reduce bullying behavior.
Region officers, Peer Education Team, Junior High Council members and chapter leaders attended Dynamic Leadership II Summit lead by MN FCCLA’s State Executive Council and two National Officers.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a 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. FCCLA has over 190,000 members and over 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities. Out of 87,994 students from across the country, 55% of students believe that FCCLA has a positive impact on their academic performance.