Youth from the Columbus High School chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently participated in a weekend leadership conference held November 21-23, in Dallas, Texas.

Attendees participated in a weekend of trainings and sessions that challenged, informed, and motivated members and their advisers to become leaders through FCCLA. Along with more than 3,000 other members and chapter advisers, Columbus’s FCCLA?chapter adviser, Lori Carpino accompanied six members and one guest, Kristal Swopes to the meeting.

The “Motivation in Motion” theme was reinforced at the Opening General Session by guest speaker Julie Carrier who inspired attendees with her motivational message, “Success is a Choice,” and encouraged attendees to make the most of their powerful leadership potential.

Saturday’s agenda included a showcase for FCCLA’s competitive events, dynamic speakers, and an array of leadership workshops.

Keynote speaker Sam Glenn closed out the meeting by addressing how leadership is not just about a positive attitude; it’s about putting that attitude into action.

“This year’s FCCLA?Cluster Meeting was held in Dallas, Texas. The theme was finding yourself and sticking to your goals and morals. Not only did we have phenomenal speakers, but the group that I went with impacted me as well. When we were not going to meetings we were learning from each other. I am very grateful that the community helped us reach our financial goal so that we could go on the trip. It impacted our lives. Thank you.”, said Lucrisha Hicks. “When our FCCLA?group went to Dallas, Texas, it was such an amazing experience. The meetings were so much fun and the speakers taught us a lot. My favorite speaker was Sam Glenn. He taught us that we need to be ourselves and treat others with respect. Our other speaker was Julie Carrier. She was so much fun to listen to! I’m, so glad that we got to experience this trip together through FCCLA,” said Makinzie Teel.

Dallas is one of four nationally sponsored training conferences this fall. The National Cluster Meetings are designed to allow local students and teachers to take advantage of high-quality leadership training opportunities. Meetings will also be held in Providence, R.I.; Jacksonville, Fla; and Cincinnati, Ohio.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience 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. FCCLA has more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America 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 family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.