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Planning Process

The FCCLA Planning Process
A Member’s Learning Site

Welcome FCCLA Member and Advisers…Are you planning a chapter project or working on a STAR Event? This site will help you learn more about the FCCLA Planning Process. While this process is used in FCCLA projects and STAR Events, it can be used over a lifetime in personal, family, career and community settings. You may ask “why do we need to use a planning process?”

The FCCLA Planning Process is an important tool to assist members in developing and completing a Chapter Project. It has five interrelated steps: Identify Concerns, Set a Goal, Form a Plan, Act, Follow up. Asking questions is a key part of using the FCCLA Planning Process.

Let’s begin with an introduction to the symbols and overview of the five interrelated steps.

Identify Concerns

  • Brainstorm problems or conditions in your school building and school life; also consider local and societal issues related to family, career and community.

  • Carefully evaluate the ideas on your list to determine which ones might be of interest and fit into your project

  • Use the Circle Model to explore and identify the concerns that will be included in your project focus

Set A Goal

  • Consider will most of the chapter members and project participants be interested and committed to the identified concerns

  • Visualize a mental picture and talk about what your project might be. Write down those ideas

  • Use the Set a Goal learning guide to develop your goal

Form a Plan

  • Decide what needs to be done to reach your goal

  • Figure out the “who, what, where, when, and how”

  • List the abilities, skills, and knowledge required

  • List the resources, such as people, places, publications, and funds needed

  • Use the Form a Plan learning guide to develop your plan


  • Carry out your group or individual plan

  • Ask for help, as needed from family, teachers, chapter members and have regular check-in times with adviser

  • Set specific times to evaluate progress according to plans and timeline of planned activities and tasks

  • Be flexible enough to adjust and rewrite plans

  • Use the ideas in the ACT learning guide to assist you

Follow Up

  • Determine if your goal was met.

  • List ways to improve your project or plan next time

  • Share and publicize your efforts with others, in media

  • Recognize members and thank people involved

  • Use the ideas in the Follow Up learning guide to assist you