Life Skills Experts to Present Solutions for Thriving in Threatening Times at June 22 - 25 Conference in Charlotte

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The theme of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) 97th Annual Conference & Expo, June 22-25, 2006, Charlotte, N.C. is "LifeSkills! Solutions for Thriving in Threatening Times."

Experts in personal finance, health and wellness, parenting, disaster preparation, disease control and prevention, identity theft prevention, and other life skills will present their research and successful strategies in preparing for and coping with today’s emotional, physical, and financial threats at the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) 97th Annual Conference & Expo, June 22-25, 2006, Charlotte, NC. The theme of the conference is “LifeSkills! Solutions for Thriving in Threatening Times.”

More than 1,000 family and consumer sciences professionals (FCS), public health professionals, social workers, financial planners, counselors and others are expected to attend the “LifeSkills” event. The event begins on Thursday, June 22, with educational sessions in the morning followed by the Association Recognition and Celebration Event, Opening General Session, and Expo Grand Opening. Friday’s schedule includes a Second General Session and additional educational sessions. On Saturday, participants can attend sessions on topics such as workplace wellness and preparing for a pandemic, disaster preparation, children and stressful events, and Internet safety and security issues.

“With tragic events like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and numerous daily threats to our well-being, people need life skills now more than ever. AAFCS is bringing people together from a broad spectrum of professions to find the best ways to prepare for and deal with threats to our safety and security,” said Carolyn W. Jackson, transitional executive director of AAFCS.

Michelle Singletary, renowned personal finance writer and syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, will deliver Thursday’s Opening General Session keynote address, “Mind Your Ps: The Path to Prosperity,” sponsored by Wachovia Corporation. Singletary has recently published a new book titled, “Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich,” and now has her own TV show, “$ingletary $ays,” on TV One.

Throughout the conference, AAFCS will recognize the contributions of outstanding FCS professionals and other individuals who have improved the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

At the Opening General Session, Sylvia R. Cifelli, CFCS, will receive the AAFCS 2006 National Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by AAFCS and co-sponsored by publisher Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. Cifelli’s exceptional curriculum, “School-to-Career Child Care Program: Pathways to Success,” which she teaches to twelfth graders, focuses on preparation of seniors for future education and employment, through a 24-week internship experience. By interning at three different child care agencies in eight-week rotations, students gain a broader perspective of the early childhood education field and have the opportunity to refine their skills and apply their knowledge. Upon completion, they are eligible for teacher certification (group day care status) from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Some students have also received college credit from Bristol Community College with locations in Fall River, New Bedford, and Attleboro, MA.

During the Association Recognition and Celebration Event, Senator John D. Rockefeller (WV) and Sharon Percy Rockefeller will be honored in absentia with the AAFCS Friend of the Family Award for their leadership in helping to improve quality of life for families in the areas of health care, economic opportunities, and education. An acknowledgement video from the Rockefellers will be shown during the session. On the national level, Senator Rockefeller’s work as Chairman of the National Commission on Children resulted in a comprehensive children's agenda, which has become the benchmark by which children's education, welfare and health care legislation are measured. As a community advocate, Mrs. Rockefeller successfully lobbied to bring public radio to West Virginia, and has worked full-time for the past 16 years as President/CEO of WETA, the flagship public broadcaster of educational, informational, cultural and public affairs programming in the nation’s capital.

The conference also features an exciting Expo with more than 50 exhibitors. As a special note, four of AAFCS’ exhibitors have exhibited for more than 60 years, and 17 of AAFCS’ exhibitors have been participating in the Expo for more than 15 years.


Founded in 1909, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is the only national not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. AAFCS’ 8,000 members are elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators, researchers, and administrators; Cooperative Extension educators; and other professionals in business and industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government. Many of AAFCS’ members are secondary school educators and advisors for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. Family and consumer sciences professionals develop, integrate, and provide practical knowledge about research-based life skills—financial literacy; dietetics and nutrition; child care and parenting; conflict resolution; consumer education; housing and environment; and apparel and textiles. With national headquarters based in Alexandria, VA, AAFCS has 51 state affiliates located across the United States and Puerto Rico.


For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Gwynn Mason at 360-223-3217.

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