More than 7,000 nationwide members, advisers, alumni, and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, July 7-11 for the 2013 National Leadership Conference. Freshman Austyn Smith, Esperanza Rodriguez, Hannah Wilkins and 6th grader Kyleigh Homes, their Adviser Rene’ Ketchum from Toledo High School and Toledo Middle School, were among them.
This year’s student-originated theme for the annual national meeting was "Discover Your Voice." Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects.
A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, leadership, and obesity prevention were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops, and youth sessions.
Kyleigh Holmes received a Gold Medal in her Chapter Showcase Display competition, and Esperanza Rodriguez received a Silver Medal in the same event. Hannah Wilkins and Austyn Smith also received a Silver Medal in Chapter Service Project Manuel.
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. Great job girls. Their expertise will help members this year in FCCLA.