Stephen F. Austin State University


Student Organization

Jack's Council on Family Relations (JCFR)

JCFR is a student affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). JCFR's focus is to build networks and help families within the community by learning from each other and professionals within related fields of study. JCFR's mission has both a service and professionalism emphasis.

JCFR's Local Adopted Organization

The Solid Foundation located here in Nacogdoches, TX provides after school tutoring, mentoring, and other activities that provide underserved children with social and academic enrichment. Members of JCFR participate weekly as tutors and mentors for the children. This not only gives members the opportunity to gain professional development experience, but it also gives them a sense of accomplishment by helping the community.

Special Projects

Each fall semester JCFR has a commitment to conduct a special project to further serve local families.

Families are adopted to receive a complete Thanksgiving meal, plus additional items including special toys for the children and family games. Other activities include, but are not limited to: weekly study sessions, Relay for Life, Square on the Square, and various activities with Head Start. JCFR received a Silver President's Volunteer Service Award for volunteering over 500 service hours during the 2010-2011 academic year.

JCFR members have represented Stephen F. Austin State University in professional settings at annual conferences of the National Council on Family Relations and Texas Council on Family Relations, where faculty and students alike have had the opportunity to present their work on community projects and research.

Professional Organizations

Students are encouraged to become members of various professional organizations geared towards Human Development and Family Studies. Membership to the professional organizations can be purchased at a student rate and vary between organizations. Our students often attend conferences hosted by these organizations with their faculty. We encourage our students to get involved with professional organizations early on to encourage networking, development, and future career opportunities.

To learn more about professional organizations available after graduation visit the following web sites: