Hello Florida DECA! I hope you have all had an amazing first month of schools and had a chance to meet up with your officer team. Hopefully you were able to hold an officer training or bonding for your leadership team. Let’s get ready for the year ahead of us! It’s time to go over the DECA Inc. Advocacy Campaign, I know a lot of people leave this Campaign for last but it requires a lot of reaching out that takes planning. It’s never too early to start advocating!
First let’s go over the 3 school outreach and 3 community outreach included in this campaign. Although this is similar to a lot of campaigns, your chapter’s focus on this is to gain support not promote or increase membership like in other campaigns. They also have to be in February which is CTE month, causing your main focus in these activities probably being about DECA being a CTE organization.
The last activity to do for this campaign I heard to be hard to understand, but it is simple. It is 3 public policy makers outreach. My favorite example of this is going out and getting a proclamation the DECA is a CTE organization to your local mayor. Another one is visiting or sending a letter to your school board. Make sure it is about DECA being a CTE organization and the benefits that come with that, also include some specifics about your chapter to make it personal.
As you can see, there are 6 activities to this campaign. When executed correctly, they can all run flawlessly and provide great exposure to your chapter. They aren’t that difficult to achieve if you can knock some out with a letter or email. Planning them in advance can help you avoid being overwhelmed and make this campaign simple! I hope this video gave you a clear vision on what to do for this campaign. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to ask me at email@example.com. See you soon Florida DECA!
Written Blog for August
Hello again Florida DECA! I Hope you have all had an amazing #SummerofDECA. Team 60 did during Summer ELS along with some of you. I cannot wait to see all of you emerging leaders in our summit in the beginning of November. Let’s get into business, today I am going to talk to you about the Annual Business Plan (ABP). The ABP is a menu that chapters can choose from where every choice is meant to improve your chapter. As Kassidy said in her last video, we changed the ABP to fit our branding guidelines. In the Academically Prepared section of the ABP DECA members are ambitious high achieving leaders equipped to conquer the challenges of their aspirations. In other words, the Academically Prepared section recognizes DECA as a CTE organization and allows members to take what they learned in the DECA classrooms onto their future careers. That section has activities that help chapters achieve that focus. That’s all for now Florida DECA, if you have and questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello again Florida DECA!
My name is Laura Valiente and today I am going to talk about chapter officers, since it is closer to August I am going to focus on officer training.
When you first meet your team it will not be all DECA. Talking and participating in other activities will bond a team allowing the team to work well together. So does learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The best way to do this is to have them self evaluate themselves and also take a leadership style test. Seeing how they see themselves and adding information from an outside resource that they may not have thought about, will give your team an accurate list of strength and weaknesses for every person on the team.
Knowledge is power! You do not need to know everything about DECA but knowing some of the basics will improve your chapter. The values and attributes competence, integrity, teamwork, and innovation. The mission statement, which is the best at explaining DECA in one sentence, DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in finance, marketing, hospitality and management. Lastly, DECA prepares the next generation to be Academically Prepared, Community Oriented, Professionally Responsible, and Experienced Leaders.
Defining each person’s roles for the following year will help them have a vision, but still know these jobs will overlap within a team. Another way to set vision within your chapter is to set common goals of values to thrive for throughout the year.
Since summer is coming up, now is a great time to plan the following year with your team. Lastly the ABP and DECA Inc. campaigns are meant to make your chapter the best it can be, so use them to your advantage. :) Thank you Florida DECA! Feel free to contact me with any further questions or concerns at email@example.com.
Hello again Florida DECA!
My name is Laura Valiente and I am your EVP. Today we are going to talk about what it really means to be Community Oriented. Being Community Oriented is recognizing the benefits of service and responsibility to local and broader communities. Florida DECA is Community Oriented through Helping Hands.
Helping Hands started with Daniela Rey in Team 54 with a clothing drive during their fall leadership conference to donate to the Salvation Army of Orlando. Team 55 then made Helping Hands donate to a different charity every year.
Helping Hands today has a fall and a spring drive. In total we have donated over 145,000 to many different charities. We give thousands of items to 2 different charities a year! This shows how we are able to impact and improve our community and helps us stay on our goal of being Community Oriented which helps us make a constant impact to many communities throughout Florida.
How can your chapter improve the community? Your chapter could participate in community service chapter project. This is a competition category that asks chapters to use their leadership skills to hold a community service project. They ask that that community service project includes as many people from your chapter as possible. Chapters can also do community service outreach activities such as: starting a tutoring program, participating in a relay for life activity, visiting a senior citizens home, volunteering, and there are a lot more out there!
Being Community Oriented is a fundamental part of DECA. If your chapter is able to do these community service projects they will not only be helping the community but most likely bonding and learning in the process. I cannot wait to see what your chapter has in store!
Thank you for watching. See you soon Florida DECA!
Hello Florida DECA! My name is Laura Valiente and I am your Team 60 Executive Vice President! Many of you know me for “Tiny but Mighty” (my campaign slogan), but I would like you to get to know me as Laura.
I was born in Puerto Rico with a pretty big family including my mom, dad, sister, and dog. I have played soccer for 9 years and I still love playing. From Puerto Rico I moved to Florida then to California for a little then back to Florida.
I go to Cypress Bay high school and became involved in DECA my freshman year. ELS my freshman year is what made me fall in love with DECA, because I was able to see the very close family that DECA formed. I became more involved in CBHS DECA allowing me to find a family there and now I love my FL DECA family. I cannot wait to meet more of you; feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I wish you the best in competition and see you in Anaheim where we all get to represent Florida DECA!
Thank you Florida DECA for this amazing opportunity; I can’t wait to serve you this year!