Skye Brucklacher at FCCLA National Leadership

Brucklacher and SD FCCLA Career Peer Education member Grace Schnabel.

More than 5,000 national members, advisers, alumni and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) gathered in Anaheim, CA, July 8 through 12 for the 2007 National Leadership meeting.

"Leadership Revolution," was this year's student-devised subject for the five-day annual national convention. Participants examined critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical and financial fitness, future career exploration and community service projects.

Youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, traffic safety and cancer awareness were explored through presentations, workshops and youth sessions.

Skye Brucklacher, a senior at Philip High School, represented South Dakota as one of 10 state FCCLA officers and was among the 140 attendees from South Dakota. She is the SD Vice-President of Chapter Recognition for 2007-08. While at the national meeting, Brucklacher participated in specialized leadership training for state officers. She will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers in South Dakota to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in their community.

Philip FCCLA adviser, Brigitte Brucklacher, also attended the national convention and acted as consultant for the Interpersonal Communication Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) event. The Philip FCCLA chapter was awarded $2,000 from State Farm Insurance for traffic safety projects in the school and community.

Previous to the national convention, the South Dakota FCCLA Leadership camp was held June 27 through 29 on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings. S. Brucklacher helped plan and conduct camp sessions. Grace Schnabel, also from Philip and a SD FCCLA Career Peer Education member, received training for her activities as a peer educator.

Other national meeting highlights included:

•STAR events, which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.

•Spotlight on Projects where state representatives shared successful chapter, state and national projects.

•A Relay for Life Rally where attendees honored cancer survivors and remembered those lost to cancer. FCCLA was recognized by the American Cancer Society as the largest youth organization contributor with contributions totaling over $644,000.

FCCLA has over 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters. It has involved more than 10 million youth since its founding in 1945.