Diboll students train as peer educators

More than 300 FCCLA members and advisors – including six from Diboll — from across Texas were at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel last week, being trained as a peer educators.

Local Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter officers Karina Jacobo, Ale Aguilar, Sabra Modisette, Jennifer Campbell, Matt Steel and Giovannie Licea of Central High School, as well as Alyssa Silvas, Anahi Blee, Shardnea Rayson, Tiffany Simmons, Eron Santoyo and Marcos Diaz of Diboll High School attended trainings in the following areas:

STOP the Violence — Students Taking on Prevention-a peer to peer outreach initiative empowering young people to recognize, report and reduce the potential for youth violence

Financial Fitness/Fraud — teaching others to save for their future and about the frauds that effect families in our country

Childhood Obesity — helping fight the epidemic of overweight population in our state

Civic Engagement — students will learn to make a difference in the civic life of their communities and develop the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference; they will learn the importance of being engaged in the decision making process in their communities

Teen Safe Driving — educating to help teens and parent understand the importance of teen safe driving and the consequences and distracted driving

Professionals in each of these areas worked with the students on content and Rhett Laubach, motivational speaker, worded with the peer educators so that they understand the value of giving back to their communities. Students returned from the training as Peer Educators and were charged with collaborating with local school and community resource people, conducting local action projects and tracking results. Each student will train other students and/or adults in their school districts on one of these districts on one of these topics. Last year, the 325 students attending, reached over 38,000 peers in their local training seminars.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. FCCLA has 18,000 members in Texas; there are over 180,000 members nationwide.

FCCLA in unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

For more information on how to partner with either FCCLA chapter to offer these trainings, call Jennifer Garcia at Diboll High School, 936-829-5626 or by email to