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FCCLA, or Family, Career and Community Leader of America, is an organization which strives to “promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education,” according to their website, Skylar Bourchardt, the National Vice-President of Competitive Events, has been a member of FCCLA since 6th grade and was very honored to serve on the National Executive Council for this past year.

Members of FCCLA are able to attend the organization’s competitive events or STAR Events. Individuals are able to rise up the ranks through regional or district leadership positions and can possibly gain a position on the National Executive Council. As the National Vice-President of Competitive Events, Skylar served on the Competitive Events Advisory Team (CEAT) where he and the committee wrote new rules for upcoming competitive events. Skylar said, “I also have the opportunity to advocate for FCCLA in Washington, D.C. and be a face for the members to see how FCCLA is larger than just their own school. The organization’s membership this past year was over 199,000 members across the nation.”

Skylar loves to give back to his community because it is very gratifying to see the smiles of the people he helps. Also, it is interesting for him to see different types of people working together to help the community. He thinks that volunteering builds character because you are taking advantage of your opportunity to help others. He says, “Volunteering to me boosts my self-esteem and gives me pride in knowing I am helping create a lasting impact in someone’s life or community.”

After high school, Skylar will attend Drake University in Des Moines, IA to earn a degree in “Law, Politics, and Society” in hopes of attending law school after college. Skylar will miss interacting with FCCLA members the most because he met so many great people. He encourages all young volunteers to become a member of FCCLA because it had such an impact on his life.