Leaders in Family Education (LIFE) earns accolades from National Council on Family Relations


LIFE student members and faculty advisers pose for a group photo at a recent meeting.


LIFE (Leaders in Family Education) is a student organization at UNT for future family educators that is a student affiliate of National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), the Texas Council on Family Relations (TCFR) and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

The group was recently recognized for successful projects by NCFR, a nonprofit, multidisciplinary professional organization whose purpose is to promote family research, family policy, and family oriented practices that help to understand and strengthen families within diverse communities.

LIFE won a contest to promote NCFR's Family Life Education Month in February 2014. The students planned a month of events and created a press kit that engaged future family educators, promoted family life education and increased public awareness about issues facing youth and families in society today.

During the month of February, LIFE hosted these events:

Lecture: "The Impact of Childhood Obesity on Children's Development"
Parents of overweight children pay $220 more per year in health care expenses. Health experts reported that obesity is a major reason this generation of children may be the first to live shorter lives than their parents. The Healthy School Zone Recognition Program is a collaboration of The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and The Cooper Institute and is dedicated to instilling healthy habits in children that will last a lifetime. Presented by the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program.

Family "Decorate a Cookie Day"
Friday, February 14th, 9:30am-2:00 pm
Members of LIFE set up a table with cookies for students and faculty in Matthews Hall to decorate for $1 and also offered family-friendly activities for children enrolled in the university's Child Development Laboratory. The group's efforts that day raised $175.00 for the Denton Community Food Center, translates to $1,225.00 in buying power for the food center.

Gainesville High School Family and Consumer Sciences Classroom Visit
Wednesday, February 19th, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Development and Family Studies students and faculty visited a local high school to present information to juniors and seniors promoting the field of Family Life Education.

Annual Baby Food Drive
Sunday, February 23rd, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Second annual baby food drive to benefit the Denton Community Food Center. More than 80 people donated nearly 150 pounds of baby food and $255 in cash, which provides $1,785 worth of purchasing power for the food center.  


Additionally, LIFE was recognized as the runner up for the first ever NCFR Student Affiliate Video Contest. LIFE chose a Charlie Brown theme to show how their student organization had grown in such a short time. Membership increased from 30 to 80 members since Fall 2013.   Watch the video on YouTube.

During NCFR's 2014 Annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland, LIFE members will be recognized for their outstanding contributions at the Student Affiliate Breakfast. They will present a workshop on their Family Life Education Month successes and recruitment strategies to other student groups from around the country.

To learn more or to join LIFE, email life.unt@gmail.com or visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/lifeleadersinfamilyeducation

The next LIFE meeting will be Monday, April 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Wooten Hall room 222. Denton County Advocacy Center will speak on child abuse and how you can become an advocate. All UNT students are welcome to attend.