Weyauwega-Fremont FCCLA youths learn about leadership
More than 9,000 people attended the 2015 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. this summer.
Paige Kempf, who is a junior at Weyauwega-Frement High School, and Destiny Kempf, who is a seventh grader at W-F Middle School, were among them.
This year’s student-originated theme was “Together We Are Healthy.”
Throughout the convention, participants examined and discussed several issues including mental and physical health in schools, families, and communities.
A number of youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, leadership, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and community service projects were explored through presentations, workshops and youth sessions.
As first vice president on the State Executive Council, Paige Kempf will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers in Wisconsin to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in the community.
More than 4,000 students competed in competitive events to build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.
Paige Kempf participated in Life Event Planning as part of competitive events, where she earned a gold medal in the Senior Category.
Destiny Kempf participated in Promote and Publicize FCCLA as part of competitive events, where she earned a gold medal in the Junior Category, the top score in the region.
Share Our Strength recognized FCCLA for donating more than $200,000 dollars to its organization during their four years of working together to stop childhood hunger.
FCCLA also had the opportunity to rally on Capitol Hill, demonstrating that changes may be made through positive community involvement. Wisconsin members had the opportunity to meet personally with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
She listened to the students’ concerns about Career and Technical Education in schools and how they rely on Carl Perkins funding to complete some of their work.
Members were then given a tour of her office and had the opportunity to meet her staff.