January/February 2017

Sydney Mayer

Sydney Mayer President

Welcome to 2017, Colorado FCCLA! I cannot believe that the new year is here and that the State Leadership Conference is in just a few months! For seniors, that means our high school and FCCLA road trip is likely coming to an end, while freshman should be celebrating getting through the first few miles, and everyone else is sitting back and enjoying the ride! No matter where you are in your FCCLA journey, now is the time to take action and make it the best year ever!

As you set your new year’s resolutions and work to follow through, it is important to keep in mind a piece of the Colorado State Program of Work: To inspire members to cut off the negative noise and change lanes by adopting a positive personal mentality. Setting resolutions is a great way to motivate yourself to be the best you but also take time to remember the things that make you the unique and amazing person that you are. My goal is always that for every resolution I set, I remind myself of something that I love about myself that I want to keep doing for the next year. So if your resolution is to stay more organized, remember that you are a super creative person who loves to design new things. Maybe that thing you love about yourself can even help with your goal! You could use your design skills to create a fun desk organizer to keep all of your papers in order. No matter what your resolutions are, remember to approach them with a positive personal mentality, because while you work to make yourself the best you, always remember that you are already AMAZING!

Another focus in the Colorado Program of work is to become an advocate by accelerating the knowledge of members and community leaders. Advocacy is hard to understand, but at it’s simplest, it means expressing your opinion about an important topic. A great way to get involved at advocacy is to attend the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Day at the Colorado State Capitol happening Thursday, February 16, 2017. This day will include a rally on the West Steps of the State Capitol, floor work in the Senate Chamber, advocacy training, educational tours, and guest speakers. If your chapter can come it will be an amazing experience to better understand how our government works and how you can help make a difference.

The Colorado FCCLA State Leadership Conference (SLC) is only three months away! I am so excited to meet all of you, see your events, share workshops, and have an amazing final destination on our road trip. Another new feature at SLC this year is the Start Somewhere Block Party! This event will be happening Thursday afternoon and will focus on educating yourself and your peers with activities in career and college preparation, a health and wellness fair, teen violence prevention, traffic safety, and a youth expo full of even more! This giant party will have activities for you to enjoy, booths to attend, new things to try, and so much to learn.

Would you like an opportunity to be recognized on stage at SLC? Through our scholarships and recognition programs, you can be! There are awards for members, advisers, chapters, districts, and those who support FCCLA and its mission.  In other words, there is an opportunity for every type of member to be recognized! Scholarships are also open for application for officers at any level and any FCCLA member. All of the information for scholarships and recognition is available on the Colorado FCCLA website under the recognition tab. The deadline for all applications is March 1st, so don’t wait to be a part of the fun!

As SLC gets closer, it’s time to focus on our competitive events. No matter what event you have chosen, it can seem a little overwhelming, but I promise it is a whole lot of fun. Here are a few tips to remember in your event as you work to complete the project, prepare your speeches, and get ready to present at SLC!

  • Read the rubric. Highlight the rubric. Talk the rubric through with your adviser. Everything that you need to be successful in your event is written on those pieces of paper. Aim for that top column. Make sure that you know it inside and out and that your project has everything that it needs. When your project is done, check the rubric again!
  • Use the website! The Colorado FCCLA Competitive Events webpage has been updated to include a bunch of new resources to help members and advisers as they complete their events. Make sure to check out the example video links to see a filmed example of your project.
  • Don’t forget to watch the Event Orientation Video and fill out the attendance form. It will be have important information for your event and help get you excited for state!
  • Stay organized. I always kept a separate folder just for my FCCLA project. That way everything is in that one place and you will never be searching for one sheet of paper the week before state.
  • PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!! I know it gets repetitive, but every time that you run your presentation, it gets better and you get more comfortable with it. One year at state, my adviser made me run my presentation while the fire alarm was going off because she says it was good to practice with distractions! You don’t need to go that far but if you want to do anything to make your project better and you more comfortable, PRACTICE!

2017 has so many exciting things in store for us as we continue on our Colorado FCCLA road trip. No matter what activities you chose to be a part of, make sure that they make your time in FCCLA, one to remember. Happy New Year!

November/December 2016

Happy fall, Colorado FCCLA! I hope your school year has started out amazing! I can’t believe it is almost halfway over and we are well on our way through this year’s Colorado Road Trip! Now is the time to take your involvement in your school, your family, your community, and FCCLA up a gear as we drive towards our future.

Many Colorado FCCLA members were a part of an amazing pit stop on our road trip this year: Denver’s National Cluster Meeting! Over 250 Colorado members joined National FCCLA and members from across the country for a weekend full of competition, community service, workshops, ceremonies, and lots of fun. Congratulations to all of the Colorado members who competed in Skill Demonstration Events, you represented our state extremely well! Also, a big thanks to all of the chapters that volunteered during the conference to show what amazing hosts Colorado can be! Throughout the conference, our members enjoyed exhibitor and national programs workshops, a fun community service project to help families with ill children, engaging ceremonies brought to us by the national officers, and inspiring keynote speakers that helped to build a postcard worthy weekend of memories.

As we move into the holiday season and the second half of the school year, it’s important to refocus on some of the goals of Colorado’s Program of Work. The holidays are a favorite time of the year for many of us. No matter how you celebrate, these next few months are meant to be full of merry times with friends and family, time off school to relax and reconnect, and the joyous experience of giving and receiving. During this time, it’s important to have a plan so that you can maximize the experiences you can enjoy, but even more important, is to enjoy every new or traditional experience that you have in the moment. Just like planning a road trip requires intricate details, the holidays can too if you want to get through everything on your list. But no matter where your road trip takes you or what your holiday plans are, remember to enjoy every moment, of every mile, of every day, so that the memories will last a lifetime.

The end of the year is also a great time to examine trending Colorado industries as you explore a new area on a vacation, shop for gifts for others, and plan for your future. Take your holiday shopping or exploring to a higher speed and look at businesses as a potential career area and examine their relevance to Family and Consumer Sciences. You will be amazed at how FCS connects to everything that we do, and maybe you’ll find a new career path along the way!

Can you believe that five months down the road is the State Leadership Conference! We can not wait to cap off our Colorado road trip April 13-15th at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel with all of you. There are lots of new and exciting things happening at state this year!  If you have been before, be ready for an even more fantastic conference.  If it’s your first year, be ready to be amazed! One change this year is the location of our opening session. While the ballroom at the hotel is always fun, we have decided to accelerate the Thursday night session by hosting it at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House! This beautiful building is a part of the Denver Performing Arts Complex and will truly drive our conference to new heights.

For all of us there are many road trips in our future. Whether that be a Thanksgiving or holiday road trip, continuing on your road through this year, or accelerating towards your FCCLA future at the State Leadership Conference, we all have a journey we are embarking on. Remember that road trips are always about the friends you bring along, the amazing things you see, the new people you meet, the new experiences you try, and everything else in between. Every stop along your road contributes to the picture perfect memories that will last a lifetime! So as we finish out 2016 and start our journey into a new year, we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons. Colorado FCCLA and I can’t wait to see you all soon!

September/ October 2016

Welcome back to school Colorado FCCLA! I hope you had an amazing summer and are ready to have the most amazing year on our road trip of a lifetime! Now is the time to try new things, step outside of comfort zone, meet new friends, and prepare for the awesome year ahead. All of this applies to our Colorado road trip this year as much as it does to starting school. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to jump right in and kickoff your ultimate road trip and this year as a family, career, and community leader!

As we start the year, a major focus of FCCLA should be on recruiting members! You have already made a great choice by being a part of the road trip of our organization, but now it’s time to take a few friends, new or old, along for the ride! Here are a few tips to help promote membership as school is starting up:

  1. Make it a goal that every current FCCLA member brings at least one friend to your chapter’s first meeting. This way they already know someone and will be comfortable. Plus, it’s easy to try new things when you are doing it with your friends!
  2. Advertise your first few chapter meetings as much as you can! Make posters, create an announcement, go around to all of the Family and Consumer Sciences classes. Do whatever you think will help attract new people to our organization.
  3. Remember that recruiting members is just as much about keeping the ones from last year as it is finding new people. It is important to re-excite all of your previous members to get them ready for another amazing year. So while you focus on inviting new members to meetings, remember to find and recognize those who have participated before and get them to come again.

Remember, no one will be forced to join FCCLA, but if they never get the opportunity to see what amazing things we do and what a difference it could make in their lives they will never get the chance to join in our road trip towards the ultimate leadership experience. So get out there and recruit, recruit, recruit! There is no better way to start off a year then with new friends that you can get to know as you complete amazing projects and activities through FCCLA.

Some Colorado FCCLA members have already taken a huge first step in starting off their road trip for the year. Over 150 Colorado FCCLA members and advisers attended the Chapter and District Officer Training. This action packed day was full of fun leadership training, officer team work time, and an Amazing Race of Leadership that had everyone running around to find the clues of leadership. Congratulations to all of those members who went the extra mile to start of their year in an amazing way. If that sounds like something you might be interested in, talk to your adviser about how you can get involved in a FCCLA leadership position.

As you start this road trip and figure out what your chapter and district want to be a part of this year, take some extra time to focus on our State Service Project and the Knockout DUID Advocacy Campaign linked with the Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) National Program.

The State Service Project this year focuses on making Colorado the best that it can be for our road trip. We challenge you to Adopt-A-Road! Roadside litter costs millions of dollars annually to control, and often, it is impossible to keep up with the trash that thoughtless people have dumped on us. We need your help! Join the thousands of volunteers who help keep Colorado beautiful by picking up litter along our highways. No matter where you live, this is a project you and your chapter can be a part of and make a real difference in your community and our state.

Colorado FCCLA is also focusing on the FACTS National Program this year as we work to knockout drugged driving to keep our roads safe for the road trip ahead. While the rates of drunk driving have decreased significantly, we have seen a rise in another form of impaired driving, driving under the influence of drugs of DUID. Young drivers are now overrepresented among the drugged driving (DUID) population and concern about the frequency of drugged driving among youth is high, as the combination of impairment and lack of driving experience increases their risk relative to other age groups of being involved in a collision. FCCLA is partnering with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) to support a youth-led effort to create laws that prevent drugged driving. Working together with youth we hope to bring awareness that drugged driving is as dangerous as drunk driving and laws need to be in place to prevent drugged driving. If this, or any part of traffic safety, sounds like something you and your chapter might like to make a difference in, look into the FACTS National Program and see what an amazing difference you can make to make our roads the safest they can be for our trip ahead.

As we get this road trip rolling, remember that trips are the best when we all work together. Bring new friends along for the ride, challenge yourself to find a leadership position that works for you, make the world that you travel through a better place by cleaning up our state, and fight for safer roads for all of us through the FACTS National Program. Read the fall edition of the Colorado Comments to learn more about Colorado FCCLA’s goals for the year, past and upcoming conferences, new FCCLA experiences to be involved in, and fun details about your state officer team. And if that makes you want to meet a state officer, invite us for a visit to your school, chapter, or district! Talk to your adviser about a state officer visit and apply on the Colorado FCCLA website. We are here to help make your road trip the best that it can be!

Your 2016-2017 school year and Colorado FCCLA road trip are only going to be as great as you make them! So it’s time to buckle up, take the wheel, and drive your way into new experiences and adventures that will make this year, the journey of a lifetime.

July 2016

Happy summer, Colorado FCCLA! We hope you are having an amazing break, traveling to new places, venturing into new activities, exploring new sides of yourself, and overall enjoying your free time in whatever path you choose. I am Sydney Mayer, your 2016-2017 Colorado State President and I am so excited to Start SomewHERE this year with all of you and begin our amazing FCCLA road trip. The Colorado FCCLA state officer team has been hard at work developing a new theme, creating a catchy tagline, designing a fun logo, and bringing to life a motivating program of work to help inspire your journey through FCCLA this year and we are beyond excited to release it to all of you.

The FCCLA National Leadership Conference was held in beautiful San Diego, California and while there, members enjoyed competing in their events, exploring the Youth Expo, hearing from many motivating speakers at workshops, seeing the amazing sessions hosted by the National Officer Team, and experiencing a new city full of many spectacular sights. At the state meeting, the state officer team engaged members and advisers in a fun and interactive skit that revealed the new program of work along a Colorado  road trip.

This year’s theme is the 2016-2017 Colorado road trip. We are challenging you to Start SomewHERE, either close to home or on top of a mountain, by immersing yourself in all that Colorado has to offer, educating your peers, and discovering the joy of accomplishing your goals. The state officer team is thrilled to invite you to join us on this exciting road trip through the program of work.

The program of work, and our road trip throughout the year, is divided into three sections: Are we there yet?, Where? Here!, and You are here. Each section takes a different part of our journey and uses it to inspire and empower members to be the change they want to see in themselves, their families, and their own community.

Are we there yet?  The goal of this section of our Program of Work is to prepare members and Colorado FCCLA for the road ahead. The state officer team challenges members across the state to map out trending Colorado industries and their relevance to FACS, to fuel themselves with the knowledge and skills they need to be financially fit, and to hit the pavement running by going for the red through recruiting, retaining, and recognizing members at all levels. Road trips often take much preparation, but when done right, everyone on board gets to enjoy many new places while making memories that will last a lifetime. Colorado FCCLA wants to spend the year helping our members and advisers experience the best that our state and organization have to offer so that we are always looking forward to the road ahead and asking Are we there yet?

With the Where? Here! aspect of our program, the goal is to empower members to signal their concerns in themselves and their community. Colorado FCCLA wants to inspire members to cut off the negative noise and change lanes by adopting a positive personal mentality, to become an advocate by accelerating the knowledge of members and community leaders, to get your community up to speed by finding and addressing their needs! Road trips never go according to plan, but by being flexible and open to change, the journey can run without any major detours. As we travel around the state this year, Colorado FCCLA’s goal is to help members and advisers to see the changes needed in all levels of their lives, and most importantly, empower them to make the needed change so that the road ahead stays smooth for everyone.

In the You Are Here portion of our POW, the goal is to rally members to take the wheel and embrace the here and now. With these goals, the state officer team challenges you to take control and drive the best path towards your future. We want to encourage members to rev up awareness for traffic safety in their community through the FACTS national program, to put the brakes on brutality by recognizing, reporting, and reducing youth violence through STOP the Violence national program, and to challenge members to plan the trip ahead yet enjoy every miles traveled. Every road trip will have some bumps in the road, but through National Programs like FACTS and STOP the Violence, Colorado FCCLA members can make a real difference for their community and make life’s journey better for everyone. And while road trips are full of amazing places to visit and things to see, it is important to remember that road trips aren’t measured by mile markers but by moments. As we embark on this year’s trip of a lifetime, remember to enjoy every moment, meet as many people as you can, and absorb as much as possible from the new experiences you will be a part of.

The Colorado road trip this year through FCCLA is going to be different for everyone. Whether you are the most enthusiastic and involved member or are here just to make friends or compete, there will always be a path for you to find, explore, and make all your own. No journey is ever the same because we will take away different memories and knowledge from our trip, but I encourage each and every one of you to just Start SomewHERE. You may not know where the journey may lead, but you will never know if you don’t begin.