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In the past year, I have had the honor to serve as FASC president and help potentially inspire change to a system that desperately needs it: Foster Care. At its core, student government exists to better our schools and communities through service-based projects aimed at addressing needs and I think this year has been tremendously successful in the fight for fostering leadership. As I’ve reiterated throughout the year, the problem in the foster system often stems from isolation and loneliness. In fact, foster children are two times as likely to experience PTSD than U.S war veterans and twice as likely to die by suicide than children not in a foster home. To put that in simpler terms, our current foster care system can cause greater stress and emotional damage to children than putting one’s life on the line for our country. It was in reading this that I knew there needed to be change. I had observed that schools rarely interacted with foster agencies in their area, and if they did, only donated gifts, money, or other material items for the children. While this is great in its own regard, it only scratches the surface of what schools can do to help form lasting connections with foster students in the state.
In my eyes, this state project has been a massive success. To start, this project was essential in bringing awareness towards many systemic issues children face in foster care. In the past year, I have had the privilege to speak to student leaders at district conventions, and at the state level, to challenge them in learning more about the foster system in their area and identifying community needs. In my promotion, we have also been able to influence the Texas Association of Student Councils to join our initiative for their state project. Furthermore, FASC has had the pleasure to work with the Department of Education and dozens of foster agency representatives to create the “Fostering Leadership Virtual Summit.” In this summit, we heard from various state and district panels on what foster care is, how it works, and how student governments in our schools can make a difference in their community.
All in all, the prerequisite to change is awareness, and we have worked tirelessly to provide the foundation necessary to start making a difference. This shows both the strength and potential of FASC, and this is why I encourage all schools to get involved with this great organization. We help identify problems across the state and then provide schools with resources, links, connections, and opportunities to make a huge difference in our communities. Our partnerships with great agencies and departments helps cement us as a crucial resource for students and an important liaison for schools to directly interact with various agencies in the state. Furthermore, the ability to interact with other schools and students at conventions both at the district and state level is irreplaceable, as community connection is also essential in making change.
Iam proud of the work of the FASC executive board, the advisors, and the students of our great organization. Together, we truly make a difference.
The Florida Association of Student Councils (FASC) consists of over 200 middle and high schools from throughout the State of Florida who are working together to bring about a growth in student leadership development, participation in student activities and student engagement in civic affairs.
Over the years, FASC has witnessed a tremendous change in the role school student councils and student governments play both in their schools and their communities. It is the overall goal of the FASC to assist school student councils in their efforts to meet the changing needs of their schools and students in the 21st century.
Much more can be learned about the FASC, including a brief history of the organization, by going to the Question and Answer area of the website. The FASC is constantly working and organizing to be able to reach the goals of:
To achieve these goals the FASC advertises and promotes attendance at the meetings held in each of the six FASC districts, sponsors a leadership clinic open to advisors and students in the fall of each year, offers a spring officer training, holds a state convention at which state officers are elected and resolutions are adopted and publishes two newsletters, the Florida Sun and Leadership Florida. In addition the FASC maintains a website, fasa.net/fasc, on which you can find the current FASC and FASC District officers, the FASC and FASC District constitutions, FASC District meeting dates and conference and convention materials. Additionally examples of school constitutions, leadership lesson lesson plans, awards programs, and tutorials can be found. The website is updated regularly. Please feel free to use any and all of the information on this website.
For more information regarding the FASC please go to the Question and Answer area found under Member Information.
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