FCCLA began on June 11, 1945, as Future Homemakers of America. It was created in Chicago, Illinois by Edna P. Amidon. During the years of segregation, sixteen southern states also operated the "New Homemakers of America." The two organizations merged in 1965. To reflect a focus on career preparation, the organization "HERO" (Home Economics Related Occupations) also merged to with FHA to create FHA/HERO. The name of the organization was changed to Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) in July 1999 at the National Leadership Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts by a majority of the voting delegates. A previous vote on a name change failed in 1995 at the organization's 50th Anniversary meeting in Washington, D.C. A new name had been debated within the organization for many years with several state associations choosing to break ranks and change their names to reflect the new mission of the organization. 
    • to provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life
    • to strengthen the function of the family as a basic unit of society
    • to encourage democracy through cooperative action in the home and community
    • to encourage individual and group involvement in helping achieve global cooperation and harmony
    • to promote greater understanding between youth and adults
    • to provide opportunities for making decisions and for assuming responsibilities.
    • to prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today's society 
    • to promote Family and Consumer Sciences and related occupations
    1. FCCLA Mission: To promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer science education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family members, wage earned, and community leaders.
      The FCCLA colors are red and white. Red suggests strength, courage, and determination- personal qualities leading to happiness through a positive self-image. White symbolizes sincerity of purpose and integrity of action, qualities that will help individuals build a better tomorrow. 
         The FCCLA flower is a red rose. It represents joy and and beauty in everyday living.