Through their involvement in their families, careers, and communities, members are empowered to envision what their futures may hold. We want to highlight members who use their opportunities in the red jacket to prepare for a red hot future!
In this edition of "Red Jacket, Red Hot Future", meet Jannelyse Allred, a student from Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork, Utah.
What is yoru favorite FCCLA experience?
In October 2014, I had the chance to go to New York City with several other FCCLA members from my school. The focus was to learn about textiles, clothing design, and fashion merchandising. We toured backstage at Broadway theaters and learned about costume design. We met with an haute couture designer and saw his creations made with hair extensions or vintage uniform buttons. We learned from magazine editors who learn to predict clothing trends for their readers and visited a museum that showed how theater design in ballet costumes influences everyday fashion design. We also visited with professionals who make their living sourcing and importing denim fabric worldwide or studying how current events influence the development of new textiles and clothing innovations. For example, Jackie Kennedy's clothing was often made from fabrics that were developed as part of the space program, a current event happening in her day. Once you learn how to pay attention to fashion trends, you start to see how this year's clothing fashions will start to affect next year's home decor trends, which change furniture and then appliance trends, and it goes on and on. You never think there's much to learn in a profession until you meet an actual professional in that industry and hear the extent of their knowledge. There's always something new to learn!
What advice would you give a new FCCLA member to ensure that they get the most out of their FCCLA journey?
Don't be afraid to do things that you think you are too shy or too "average" to do! FCCLA is such a great opportunity to meet new friends, often ones that can last for a lifetime. Get involved by going to all of the activities, serving in every way you can, and meeting lots of new people. You can learn so much about yourself and become your own leader.
How has FCCLA empowered you?
My junior year, I served in an FCCLA leadership position that forced me to step out of my comfort zone and be more outgoing. I realized that it was a lot more fun getting to know other members that I wasn't already friends with. I learned that I was capable of being a good example and that I had enough courage in me to befriend people and make them feel welcome. I wasn't afraid to walk up to people and introduce myself. I wasn't afraid to be myself around strangers. The leadership position pushed me just enough to show me that I could, that it was fun, and that it was rewarding.
What's next for you?
Next, I plan to graduate from Maple Mountain High School and attend college (likely at Brigham Young University). I'm interested in human and child development and serving an LDS mission.