The FCCLA Leadership Service in Action program guides students to develop, plan, carry out, and evaluate projects that improve the quality of life in their communities. Leadership Service in Action helps young people build skills for family, career, and community roles; provides youth-centered learning experiences related to Family and Consumer Sciences education; and encourages young people to develop the positive character traits of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
Service learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning, resulting in very real student learning in areas such as applied academics, career preparation, character development, and technical skills. According to the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, “service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” The key difference between community service and service learning is that community service primarily has the purpose of meeting the needs of others and bettering the community, while service learning enhances the community through the service provided, but it also has powerful learning consequences for the students providing the service.
Colorado FCCLA offers two types of state recognition to chapters that complete Leadership Service in Action projects.
- State Project Awards: Chapters apply to showcase their hard work and innovative projects with the Colorado Program Award Application. The 1st place chapter honor may include cash awards and special recognition at the State Leadership Conference, online, and in Colorado Comments newsletter.
- State General Recognition: Individuals and chapters that complete a National Program project may complete the State Recognition for National Program Participation Form and receive a certificate of participation and special pre-show recognition at the State Leadership Conference.