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Family and Community Leadership (FCL)

     Family Community Leadership is:

  • an FCE leadership development, education and training program

  • the application of skills in leadership, public policy education and advocacy

  1. Developing and strengthening skills to benefit:
        1. Individuals
        2. Families
        3. Communities
        4. FCE and other organizations
  2. Applying skills to increase effectiveness of public policy participation in:
        1. National FCE programs
        2. State and/or Local FCE programs
        3. Projects that benefit families and communities

        1. EDUCATION
              A. State FCE Association
                    1. Sponsor FCL Institutes or workshops to offer the 
                        complete 30-hour curriculum
              B. Individual FCE Member
                    1. Receive FCL educational training
                    2. Present FCL programs using the team teaching 
        2. LEADERSHIP
              A. Individual FCE Member
                    1. Exhibit FCL leadership skills by:
                          a. Serving as an FCE officer on local, county, 
                              state and national levels
                          b. Serving on FCL Board
                          c. Mentoring potential FCE officers and leaders
        3. ACTION
              A. State FCE Association
                    1. Provide for FCL Certification for State 
                        Board Members
                    2. Participate in the state FCL Board
                    3. Incorporate FCL leadership skills/applications in:
                          a. State programs and projects
                          b. National FCE programs and projects
                          c. Programs that benefit families and communities
                    4. Support and participate in regional/national 
                        FCL workshops/trainings
              B. Individual FCE Member
                    1. Become a Certified Family Community Leader 
                        by receiving 30 hours of FCL training
                    2. Become a Certified Family Community Leadership 
                        Trainer by completing 60 hours of FCL internship
                    3. Apply FCL skills to FCE family issues
                    4. Participate in regional/national training
                    5. Serve on appointed governmental board or committee
                    6. Run for elected position

        1. EDUCATION
              A. Organize public forum to educate public on issue
        2. LEADERSHIP
              A. Apply FCL leadership skills to resolving public policy 
        3. ACTION
              A. Apply public policy skills to implement action on an issue

        1. EDUCATION
              A. Present educational programs on local/state
                   government process
        2. LEADERSHIP
              A. Organize state legislative day(s)
        3. ACTION
              A. Contact decision makers (local, state, national) on 
                   issue(s) that affect families
              B. Run for elected position

FCL Topics

Leadership: Learn to assume leadership in personal and community settings.

  1. Learn to distinguish leadership styles for different situations.
  2. Develop planning, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  3. Learn to work with media.
  4. Examine the role of ethics and values in personal leadership.
  5. Understand the value and behavior differences based on sex
     and culture.

Group Process: Learn and practice the skills necessary to lead a cohesive group that accomplishes tasks.

  1. Establish trust, clear communication, shared goals and 
      recognition among group members.
  2. Apply appropriate decision-making methodologies.
  3. Learn to understand developmental stages of group/group
      members and the differences between task and process 
      segments of group management.

Teaching Techniques: Experience and apply effective adult and youth education methods in teaching FCL concepts.

  1. Learn to understand and apply adult and youth education concepts.
  2. Explore and use effective methods for adult learning.
  3. Plan, conduct, and evaluate training.
  4. Use audio visual equipment.
  5. Learn to recognize cultural differences in learning styles.
  6. Develop a comprehensive community education program on local concerns.
  7. Improve presentation skills.

Issue Analysis and Resolution: Gain ability for identifying and analyzing issues which affect the family and learn to apply techniques for issue resolution.

  1. Discuss identification of issues, their origin and interrelationships.
  2. Understand issue analysis, development of alternatives and their
  3. Develop and implement action plans to resolve issues.
  4. Identify and discuss how issues impact families and communities.

Public Policy: Become active and effective citizens and apply knowledge to teach others.

  1. Learn to understand the public policy process.
  2. Understand the three branches of government and 
      their interaction.
  3. Understand the use of informal systems, i.e., coalitions, 
      networks, press, etc.
  4. Monitor issues and decision makers.
  5. Know techniques to influence the system.
  6. Examine ethics within public policy area and make decisions
      about them.

Volunteering and Mentoring: Mentor, manage, motivate, train, and evaluate volunteers.

  1. Learn and understand reasons for volunteering.
  2. Apply effective volunteer program management strategies.
  3. Tailor programs to meet cultural differences.
  4. Encourage staff and volunteers to work together as peers.
  5. Mentor potential FCE leaders and officers.

FCL Training - FCL National Certification

     a. Certified Family Community Leader by receiving 30 hours of 
        FCL training.
    b. Certified Trainer by completing 60 hours of FCL internship.

30 hour FCL Leader Certification

You will receive a Family Community Leader Certificate, after you have completed 30 hours of FCL training.  Submit copies of all collected FCL certificates (front and back) to National FCE Headquarters to receive your Family Community Leader Certificate of Achievement.  Include a cover letter listing the topics and hours of training and how you have benefited from FCL training.


The 30 hours of FCL training will consist of 3 hours in each of the following topics equaling 18 hours.  The remaining 12 hours are flexible; however, they must also be in the following FCL TOPICS, which are the basis for FCL Training:

LEADERSHIP: Learn to assume leadership in personal and community settings.

GROUP PROCESS: Learn and practice the skills necessary to lead a cohesive group that accomplishes tasks.

TEACHING TECHNIQUES: Experience and apply effective adult and youth education methods in teaching FCL concepts.

ISSUE ANALYSIS AND RESOLUTION: Gain ability for identifying and analyzing issues that affect the family and community and learn to apply techniques for issue resolution.

PUBLIC POLICY: Become active and effective citizens and apply knowledge to teach others.

VOLUNTEERING AND MENTORING: Set up effective management systems for motivating training and evaluating volunteers.

Describe briefly how you have used the information from the above categories.
Please use additional paper if necessary.

**Please refer to the back of your certificate for more details on each topic**

Family Community Leadership

60 hour FCL Trainer Certification

After you receive your FCL Leader Certificate, you may apply for national certification as an FCL Trainer. This requires 60 hours total in the application of leadership skills. Actual teaching/training situations require 20 or more hours. This could be 20 one-hour presentations or 40 half-hour presentations. Remember, an integral part of teaching/training under FCL criteria is the FCL model of team-teaching.

To document the necessary hours of applied FCL skills, list:
          A. TOPICS taught, where, dates, length of presentation
               totaling 20 hours.
          B. COMMUNITY action, type taken, where, dates and length 
              of  time totaling 20 hours.
          C. PUBLIC POLICY action taken, where, dates and length of
              time totaling 20 hours.

Fill out the Application for National Certification as a Family Community Leadership Trainer Application. Have it signed by the State FCE President and/or State FCL Coordinator.

Send to National FCE Headquarters to receive your Family Community Leadership Trainer Certificate.  Application for certification can be obtained from our website or by contacting National FCE Headquarters.

Some suggestions on how to get your 60 hour training
     1. Serve on a non-profit board
     2. Attend a City Council meeting
     3. Attend a state legislative meeting
     4. Write a letter to the editor of newspaper
     5. Write to your representative or senator
     6. Organize and perform a community service project
     7. Organize and facilitate an issue forum
     8. Organize and facilitate a successful fundraiser
     9. Meet face-to-face with mayor or city government to discuss
         important issue (to you)
     10. Spotlight your media skills by documenting (showcasing) your
           work with various outlets
     11. Run for an elected office
     12. Help in a campaign for someone running for office

These suggestions need to be verified by date, location and signatures of Boards/Mayors; newspaper clippings of events/projects or copies of letters.

The following is a list of FCL Educational Lessons:

"A Little Fluff In Your Ear” (FCL - Leadership)          
  Communication begins with listening.  Find out if you really listen when others are talking.  Learn techniques of true listening.

"All Stressed Up...And A Million Places To Go” (FCL - Leadership)  
  Have fun learning how to relax and just "let it go". (Three 30-minute programs)

"Are Bullies For Real?" (FCL Issue Analysis & Resolution)      
  Have you ever been the target of a bully?  How does it feel to be bullied?  How do bullies operate?  Learn ways to stop a bully.

"Board Service:  Leadership in Action” (FCL - Public Policy)  
  Serving on community, county and state boards/commissions takes high motivation,       knowledge in the subject area, dedication, proper application and skill in writing a resume.

"Cocoons of Culture - Promoting Diversity and Cultural Pluralism"
         (FCL - Volunteering/Mentoring)
  It is not enough merely to be aware of our differences; we must be encouraged to explore, construct, share and apply our personal culture to our community work.

"Degree of Life: Validating Life Experience in the World of
         Community Work and Leadership"   (FCL - Volunteering/Mentoring)  
  Promoting the value of life experience in the world of community work, leadership and volunteerism is key to our future survival as productive and responsive communities.

"Difficult People: Handle With Care” (FCL - Group Process)  
  Three 30-minute programs that teach how to turn these people into responsive, supportive members.

"Don't Do It! Delegate!"  (FCL - Leadership)          
  Learn skills for getting things done the right way … and by others! The most effective leaders (and parents) don't "do it all", they delegate. Here's the latest research in these techniques for group success.                            

"Effective Teaching" (FCL - Teaching Techniques)
  This resource has been designed to aid FCL leaders in accomplishing the task of developing competent and confident teachers.          

"Energized Communications"    (FCL - Group Process)      
  Four keys to getting an audience to listen and respond. (Three 30-minute programs)

"Energizing A New Wave Of Volunteers" (FCL - Volunteering/Mentoring)  
  Enjoy the skit that will energize volunteers in your organization and/or community.  Find out if you're a flint, a sponge or a honeycomb in this updated FCL program.

"From calm"    (FCL - Leadership)      
  Organizations can work only when everyone "plays by the rules".  Parliamentary procedure can make meetings a pleasure for everyone.

"I Have A Little Shadow” (FCL - Issue Analysis and Resolution)  
  Members learn how to shadow a public policy maker.

"I Just Got Caught Up With Yesterday, By Tomorrow
         I Should Be Ready For Today"   (FCL - Leadership)      
  Time management for the randomly organized. (Three 30-minute programs)

"Leadership 101: The Budding Leader” (FCL - Leadership)      
  What is leadership?  This hands-on workshop helps you define leadership and sets you on the upward spiral path to the top.

"Let's Talk"    (FCL - Group Process)              
  Helps groups to understand the differences between effective and ineffective groups, and to learn ways to have more creative discussions.
"Letting Go With All Your Might"    (FCL - Leadership)  
  Learn FCE Consultant, Kim Wolinski's cycle of change to move from a crisis to an adventure.

"Mentoring: The Purpose, The Challenge" (FCL - Volunteering/Mentoring)  
  This lesson will help you understand the need and the reasons for mentoring, some ways to mentor, some qualities of a mentor and of a person being mentored, a plan for mentoring and a way to review and evaluate the results of mentoring

"Mommy, Where do Volunteers Come From?
         (FCL- Volunteering and Mentoring)      
    Think "outside the box" about volunteers and volunteering.

"Now---You're the Teacher!"   (FCL - Teaching Techniques)      
  Make an origami frog plus learn the secrets of sharing information in a lively, persuasive way.  You'll be a teacher in no time at all with this FCL lesson.

Putting CHARACTER COUNTS! to Work In Your Life,                  
         In Your Family, In Your Community" (FCL - Issue Analysis and Resolution)
  This lesson is to help you and your audience to define ethics and values so that their difference is clear; to show how choices -- even those we think are minor -- have an effect on those around us; and how to put the CHARACTER COUNTS! materials to work in your community.

"Returning to The Workforce and/or How Volunteering Can
         Work for You (FCL- Volunteering/Mentoring)  
  Learn to identify the skills you have gained from running your household and as a volunteer to obtain a paid job or another volunteer job.

"So You're a Volunteer"   (FCL - Volunteering/Mentoring)          
  This lesson is designed for groups who are trying to recruit new volunteers. It includes factors that motivate people to want to volunteer and describes the benefits they receive. Receive tips on keeping volunteers energized and feeling good about the services they render.

"Some Assembly Required"    (FCL - Group Process)      
  Three 30-minute programs that stand alone or make a 90-minute workshop on how to help groups actually become productive.

"Stepping Up To The Plate” (FCL - Public Policy)                  
    Have fun with the skit and activities in this lesson. Learn about public policy tools that will help you influence people in public office using updated FCL curriculum.  

"Ten Ways to K.I.S.S. in Public” (FCL - Teaching Techniques)      
  Have you ever wondered how speakers make it look so easy?  This workshop will give you hands-on tips for professional speaking skills.

"The Care And Feeding Of Group Members"    (FCL - Group Process)  
  A program to help groups become more productive when they have had an opportunity to get acquainted.

"The Deadly Triangle, Media Violence: It’s Effects On Women"  
  How Media Violence Affects Women. (FCL - Issue Analysis and Resolution)

"True Leadership” (FCL - Leadership)              
  Determine your personal motivation and understand what it means to be a true leader.

"Whooo, Me??"  (FCL - Issue Analysis and Resolution)      
  Working to define issues and concerns in your community.

"You Can Do It!" Revised 2003   (FCL - Teaching Techniques) Book  
  Tips on Polishing Your Presentation Skills.

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