Capitol Leadership Wrap Up
We saw. We came. We conquered. The 2014 Capitol Leadership conference was successful as we stormed the nation’s capital and #SpreadTheRed. Capitol Leadership started out as 121 students from 33 states coming to D.C. to learn about advocacy and Carl D. Perkins funding and turned into a massive movement of students eager to tell their elected officials all about the impact of FCCLA and Career and Technical Education.
We began Capitol Leadership with networking opportunities (led by members of the Leadership Training Team) that led into our sessions about professionalism, etiquette, publicity and awareness campaigns, advocacy, and the current state of Career and Technical Education on Capitol Hill.
The next morning all attendees had the opportunity to hear from representatives of Lead2Feed, an organization that fosters teamwork in an effort to help students learn and develop key leadership skills as they take action to solve real-life hunger issues. Attendees learned from a representative of Kids Against Hunger, who facilitated the service-learning project of packing 10,000 meals for the Capital City Food Bank. The D.C. Central Kitchen was also present and had over 2,000 snack bags prepared and packed by FCCLA members and their advisers. For close to 5 hours all participants gave their time and energy to learning about hunger, serving others, and truly being an example of how FCCLA is making the world a better place.
As the day of hill visits came, FCCLA members spread out all across the capital and met with representatives and senators from their states to discuss the importance of FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences education. With 33 states present and over 100 meetings with public officials, FCCLA was definitely present on Capitol Hill. The training wrapped up with a celebration of attendees’ accomplishments through discussions of success, encouraging notes, and lots of fun and dancing during mini mission mayhem, as well as sessions on how to take all the information acquired at Capitol Leadership back to their communities.
Here are just a few of the things attendees are saying about their experience:
“Capitol Leadership gave me the unique opportunity to share my passion for FCCLA and Career and Technical Education (CTE) with those that are just as passionate as I am. It’s a one of a kind conference, and I am very excited that it is one of the many opportunities FCCLA gives its members.”- Blake Miller, National VP of Competitive Events
“Nothing compares to being able to broaden my leadership skills in a place that houses some of the country’s greatest youth leaders.”- Sawyer Bailey, Former Alabama State Officer
“It was great to meet with over 100 other passionate students of Career and Technical Education to advocate for our country’s most important classes.”-Sarah Smith, National First VP
FCCLA members and advisers truly stormed Capitol Hill and reminded Washington, D.C. that Together We Are…Leaders.