Future Homemakers of America & New Homemakers of America

Also known as FHA and NHA



Both the Future Homemakers of America  and the New Homemakers of America officially began in June of 1945, working to combine and unify hundreds of home economic clubs in high schools across the US. Later this also included junior high schools. Although the Future Homemakers and the New Homemakers  were separate programs based on the predominate race of the high school the students attended, they were both guided by the same agencies; The U.S. Dept. of Education and the American Home Economics Association. Prior to 1945 there were many, many school clubs with the name of Future Homemakers or New Homemakers of America, but it wasn't until 1945 that they unified.



Boys were allowed to join during the mid-1970s.

 It seems that there were National Projects and State Projects for members to work on.  The 1962-1965 list of National Projects were;

  • Stay in School

  • You and Your Values,

  • Focus on Family

  •  Marriage Calls for Preparation

  •  Action for Citizenship



The New Homemakers of America (NHA), for students in predominantly black schools, merged with FHA officially on July 1,1965, though the changes didn't appear until the school year started up again in the fall.





These emblems are from the various programs throughout the years.



Another version of New Homemakers is the FHA eight sided emblem with a banner across the front.



HERO, Home Economics Related Occupations was launched in the early 1970's, encouraging  FHA groups to expand their focus.



The national emblem changed again in 1977.

1999 - current

In 1999 the program changed it's name to Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and continues today.


Motto: Towards New Horizons

We are Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.
We face the future with warm courage and high hope.
For we have a clear consciousness of seeking old and precious values.
For we are the builders of homes,
Homes for America's future.
Homes where living will be the expression of everything that is good and fair.
Homes where truth and love and faith and security will be realities, not dreams.
We are Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.
We face the future with warm courage and high hope.

Colors: Red and White

Flower: Red Rose



Future Homemakers of America Membership Pins

Membership pins came in 10k gold, rolled gold plate, Sterling silver and Bronze (Bronze started in 1950).


Type 1

Few rays behind house

Likely the first design - 1945

Type 2

Multiple rays behind house

Used by 1950

Type 3

2 thumbs visible, leaves at cuffs, arms extend to ring

Type 4

Separate program
Home Economic Related Occupations

Type 5

Merging FHA and HERO emblems

Some FHA-HERO clubs remain active
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Type 6

FHA/HERO changes name to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America



Future Homemakers of America Specialty Guards and Degree Emblems

Specialty Guards have pins on the back, degree emblems are charms on the chain between the FHA pin and guard pin.

Junior Homemaker Emblem


Chapter Emblem


State Emblem


FHA guard pin, older design

FHA guard pin

Gavel Guard pin

Chapter President

Specialty Guard:

H = Honorary Guard
A = Chapter Advisor
M = Chapter Mother
P= Chapter Parent


February 1950

Teen Times, the official magazine

Teen Times Magazine
continues today
December 2014 issue

Future Homemakers of America


Sterling Silver


Future Homemaker's Jacket

Future Homemaker's Jacket label


Future Homemakers of America

Letter Opener

Collegiate Style Ring, Type 3

Collegiate Style Ring, Type 2

FHA charms

Future Homemakers of America


Button style pins

FHA bracelet

1974 Future Homemakers of America National Convention Charm.


Future Homemakers of America Camps


Like many youth organizations, the FHA also had summer camps at the local, state and national level. Many of these camps worked in tandem with the Future Farmers of America/New Farmers of America.