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Families First and Japanese Exchange Program

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This national program helps members to build and share skills for a strong family life. Members can enjoy fun, hands-on experiences in five different units:

  • Families Today
  • You-Me-Us
  • Meet the Challenge
  • Balancing Family and Career
  • Parent Practice

National Awards: Top Middle School - $ 1,000; Top High School - $1,000; Runner-Up Award - $500

Click the button below to link to the national FCCLA Web site section with additional information on the program awards application process.
Program Apps link


Awards from Virginia FCCLA

The Virginia Association recognizes those chapters who submit the complete program award application online to national FCCLA by their March 1 deadline. Names of the submitting chapters are printed in the state conference program, appear on the screens during a conference general session, receive a program ribbon for their conference name badges, and receive a program award certificate. Click the button below to open an MSWord document with instructions and information on Virginia's program award process.

How to Get Ribbons

Direct questions about Virginia's recognition for national programs participation to:
Deborah Will
6245 Greenwick Drive ~ Glen Allen, VA  23059 



Congratulations to Jana Bowman and Jacob Major - 2018 Japanese Exchange Program Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Winners

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The Japanese Exchange is part of the FCCLA Families First program. Members may receive a full scholarship to spend next summer in Japan. They will live with a Japanese family and visit famous sites. This scholarship is available to FCCLA members who are high school sophomores and juniors.

The application is available from the national FCCLA Web site and is due to Youth for Understanding and FCCLA in early January. Detailed information is available from national FCCLA at:


Congratulations to
Carl Sandburg Middle School
2019 National Families First Middle School Winner

2020 Virginia Award Winners in
Families First

Alleghany High School
Beverley Manor Middle School
Blacksburg High School
Broadway High School
Buckingham Career & Tech Center
Buffalo Gap High School
Central High School - Shenandoah
Cornerstone Christian Academy
Eastern View High School
Fort Defiance High School
Gate City High School
Giles High School
Grayson County CATE Center
James Madison High School
James Wood High School
Lanier Middle School
Millbrook High School
Mountain View High School
Norfolk Tech - A Day
Norfolk Tech - B Day
Page County High School
Peter Muhlenberg Middle School
Powhatan High School
Riverheads High School
Robert E. Aylor Middle School
Rye Cove High School
Scott County Career & Tech Center
South County High School
Stonewall Jackson High School - Shenandoah
Strasburg High School
Stuarts Draft Middle School
Turner Ashby High School
Warren County Middle School
Wilson Memorial High School

Congratulations to Carl Sandburg Middle School
2019 National Middle School Winner in Families First
$1000 Prize