Kristal M. Young
FACS Teacher/FCCLA Advisor
Monticello Middle School
As a FACS teacher and FCCLA advisor at Monticello Middle School, Kristal Young integrates FCCLA activities and service projects into her class curriculum to enhance her students’ personal growth and leadership development. Under Young’s leadership, the Monticello Middle School FCCLA chapter has won multiple national honors for their projects, including five FCCLA National Program winners in Families First, Student Body and Career Connection.
Young’s FCCLA members are involved with several annual community service projects that impact people on local, state, national and international levels. Students have designed projects to support nursing home patients, military troops and dental care awareness for children, and they have facilitated multiple canned food drives and bake sales for various causes. Young’s students have raised over $1,000 by selling “hat day” stickers to support the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the American Cancer Society and breast cancer awareness. Through the World Vision Project, Young’s FCCLA members partner with sixth grade classes to fund a well in a developing country. During the last four years this project has raised over $25,000 for two traditional wells and one deep well which provide over 3,000 gallons of clean water a day, benefitting as many as 300 people and reducing the community’s child death rate by as much as 50 percent. Parent Karen Robinson says of her daughter’s teacher: “Mrs. Young’s facilitation of her classroom engages students to go deeper to the heart of matters to make a difference in the world around them.”
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