Advocating for a Strong Future

Contributed by: Mia Kegley, Nebraska FCCLA President

This November, I attended that National FCCLA Capitol Leadership Conference with the Nebraska FCCLA First Vice-President, William Wilton. This conference focuses on empowering FCCLA members by educating them on advocacy. Attendees gained hands on experience by going to Capitol Hill to advocate for the Strengthening Career & Technical Education for the Twenty First Century Act. William and I were able to meet with four of the five Nebraska Congressmen to promote Family and Consumer Sciences.

After this experience, I felt so empowered to promote FCCLA and FACS. I encourage you, our members and advisers, to go out and “Spread the Red” across Nebraska! Here are a few tips that you can use to advocate for our organization:

  1. Find your passion!
  2. Talk with others around you to find opportunities to voice your support.
  3. Stay up to date on what’s happening in your area of interest.
  4. Network and meet with people (especially those who are in officer/leadership positions).
  5. Find others whom you can work with to make change!
  6. Plan events for your team to reach the public.
  7. Talk to the press about the issues you believe are important– remember that doing a radio PSA is something that is free of charge.

Overall, just remember that change cannot occur alone: it requires a linchpin to spread an idea like wildfire.