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Capitol Leadership and DC Community Service

The second day of Capitol Leadership started off with a nutritious breakfast and a leadership challenge activity. Then we wrote down our personal best leadership experience and shared with other officers. By evaluating our leadership experience we are able to shape ourselves to be better leaders.

What is the number one fear of teens? Public speaking is something that has made people nervous for many centuries. We had the opportunity to overcome our fears and participate in impromptu speaking. Throughout the day we networked with fellow FCCLA state officers. By asking questions about how their state runs FCCLA, we were able to gain social skills and bring back new ideas to our state.

After filling up on tacos former FCCLA officer Andrew Schantz gave us advice on the must see spots while we are in Washington, DC. Next we prepped for Capitol Hill and learned how to address our legislator with FCCLA matters. We outlined topics from financial education all the way to environment issues. ACTE gave a presentation that helped us better understand how our government works and how a bill is passed.

After a long day of workshops and trainings the Missouri members participated in community service. We went down to the DC Central Kitchen to help prepare food for the community. Our jobs involved chopping eggplant, peeling potatoes and slicing onions. For dinner we dined at Buca di Beppo and enjoyed reminiscing on everything we have learned so far. Before we headed back to the hotel we did our own night time tour of the memorials and monuments.

Capital Leadership so far has been a blast and we can’t wait to talk to our legislators about everything that FCCLA has to offer.

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