Legislative Shadowing Project

13th Annual Legislative Shadowing Program -- February 19-20, 2013 
The Missouri Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Legislative Shadowing Project provides members the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the legislative process and how it impacts family, work and social issues. Participants discover how they can use skills learned in family and consumer sciences courses and FCCLA to become an advocate for family, career and community issues. 
This FCCLA program reflects items 1, 2 and 3 of Goal 4 of the Missouri Show-Me Standards and integrates family and consumer sciences content.  (Goal 4: Students in Missouri public schools will acquire the knowledge and skills to make decisions and act as responsible members of society.)  Students will demonstrate within and integrate across all content areas the ability to 1) Explain reasoning and identify information used to support decisions; 2) Understand and apply the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in Missouri and the United States; and 3) Analyze the duties and responsibilities of individuals in societies.


The objectives of this program are as follows:


  1. Increase FCCLA member awareness of state government and the political process.
  2. Interpret the duties of elected officials or policy makers.
  3. Develop awareness of current issues, especially those relating to families.
  4. Explore career options within public service.
  5. Practice effective communication skills with legislators.
  6. Educate local chapters, school, and/or communities about the impact of the shadowing experience.





Only affiliated (paying regional, state and national dues by January 15) Missouri FCCLA members who are in their junior or senior year of high school are eligible to apply. Only two applications are allowed per chapter.  Application deadline is January 15. 



Selection Process


Members will be chosen for this program, ideally representing all of the 14 Missouri FCCLA regions.  After January 30, e-mail notification will be sent to all applicants confirming participation status.  A list of all selected participants will be posted to the Missouri FCCLA website. 



Location, Budget and Housing


Participants will be expected to arrive in Jefferson City in time to attend the project orientation and dinner at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.  Chapters will be responsible for making their own lodging arrangements.  The banquet dinner on February 19 is provided by The Missouri Bar.  Participants and advisors are responsible for all other costs.  All participants must attend with a chaperone (advisor, school faculty, parent or other as determined by the local school district.)  Students will be expected to adhere to a code of conduct while in attendance.  Optional educational tours will be offered on February 19.


Tentative Legislative Shadowing Project Schedule
Jefferson City

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

12:00 – 6:00 p.m.            Optional Tours and hotel check in
2:00 p.m.                Governor's Mansion
2:30 p.m.                Governor's Mansion
3:00 p.m.                State Capitol
3:30 p.m.                State Capitol     
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.              Dinner, program and speaker--Sponsored by The Missouri Bar
                                       Capitol Plaza Hotel (Missouri Room)
11:00 p.m.                       Curfew


Wednesday, February 20, 2013
7:00 a.m.                                 Breakfast (on your own) and hotel check out

8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.         Shadowing

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.                   Follow up, evaluations and sharing time, experience concludes


After the shadowing experience in Jefferson City, participants are expected to follow up by completing activities to educate or inform their chapter, school and/or community about the project.  Students will then submit copies of these activities to the state office by April 15. 


Questions regarding this project should be directed to Gayla Westergaard, state advisor, at mofccla@gmail.com or Marcia Ritter, event coordinator, at marciafacs@sbcglobal.net



Missouri FCCLA Legislative Shadowing Project Application