HJ - Clarinda FCCLA Conference 2019

Clarinda High’s Kristen Smith, Maddie Sunderman, Kylie Shackelford, Hallee Fine and FCCLA chapter advisor Cheryl Beaver attend the FCCLA conference last month in Dallas. (photo provided by Clarinda High School)

DALLAS, TX ‑ It’s not just a figure of speech, this generation really can’t “adult.”

From managing their personal finances to succeeding in the workplace, many Generation Z and millennials admit they lack basic life skills needed to manage general life skills, as well as employability skills including communication skills, teamwork, and problem solving.

However, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is preparing today’s youth to be prepared to meet the skills gap by helping youth transition to adulthood and prepare students to succeed as employees meeting the workplace skills gap documented across America.

Clarinda’s FCCLA traveled to Dallas to attend this conference Nov. 14-17. Those attending were Maddie Sunderman, Kylie Shackelford, Hallee Fine, Kristen Smith, Cheryl Beaver(Advisor) and Linda Fine(chaperone).

Clarinda’s FCCLA members attended a three-day conference aimed to strengthen leadership skills, explore Career Pathways, and received hands-on experience through participation in Competitive Events.

In addition, participants had the opportunity to partake in a community service project to help Dallas’ homeless community, as well as network with youth leaders, FCS educators, and FCCLA supporters.

A highlight of NFC are the various workshops offered for youth leaders to attend that cover topics including: nicotine addiction prevention, dating violence prevention, family togetherness, financial literacy, professionalism, and mental health awareness.

FCCLA equips students with real world skills through educational and life experiences that members will take within them forever—no matter what life path or profession they pursue.

With a rich organizational history of nearly 75 years strong and more than 10 million successful alumni who have taken their skills and experiences gained from FCCLA to advance various industries nationwide, FCCLA’s members continue to prove they can “adult” and are the leaders of the next generation that will change the world.

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