Over 6,100 students celebrate 65 years of youth leadership

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By Special to the Monitor

CHICAGO — More than 6,100 nationwide members, advisers, alumni and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in Chicago, Ill. July 4-8 for the 2010 National Leadership Conference. Michael Salazar, a junior at Los Alamos High School and Dr. Juanita Jebbanema, a teacher at Los Alamos High School, were among them.

This year marked the anniversary of FCCLA and students celebrated “65 Years of Leadership.” 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 community service projects.

A number of youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, traffic safety and obesity prevention were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops and youth sessions.  

Salazar will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers in New Mexico to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in the community.  

Salazar is a state officer who holds the position as vice president of membership and is responsible for promoting and encouraging the growth of state membership, along with the help of his advisor, Jebbanema.  

Other meeting highlights included:

Over 3,200 students competed in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition), which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.

A donation of $241,590 was presented to the Children’s Miracle Network from National FCCLA.

International Fitness Expert Stacey Lei Krauss led FCCLA members in raising obesity prevention awareness.

FCCLA is a 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.