Middlesex County Academy
Running for North Central Region VP
Officer Candidate Test Score : 37/50
What do you believe is the biggest area of improvement NJ FBLA-PBL currently faces? How would you work to address this area?
NJ FBLA struggles from a lack of effective communication. A lot of their information is scattered on social media posts, on their website, and in advisor emails, but there is no place where the common FBLAer can look for information regarding everything related to NJ FBLA. I plan on changing this by creating a centralized place where any FBLA member can look to gain information about an upcoming event, a competition guideline, or new updates. I plan on using Slack, which I have already integrated with multiple apps to address these concerns. If we do use this, then everything will be posted on that Slack server so anyone can have easy access to all the information. Plus, people will be able to easily communicate with the current state officers or officials. However, if we don't use slack, I will personally assist the Webmaster in updating the website that contains all the necessary information and features. Furthermore, emails will be sent to the advisor as well as to the chapter presidents to ensure that the student body gets the information as fast as possible. If these communication problems are solved, I can see us representing NJ more at the national level and showcasing that NJ FBLA being a successful state chapter.
What will you do to increase the number of active chapters?
Coming from a small chapter, I know of many other small chapters that haven't registered for being FBLA members. I already have a couple of schools in my mind that I want to target to recruit. I will first try and recruit those new chapters, by explaining and showcasing all of the different programs and opportunities that FBLA has to offer regarding the business world. Once I have finished that endeavor, I plan on getting the current chapters to get more involved in FBLA. Since a lot of the chapters that don't participate that much in FBLA are smaller chapters I can resonate with them and explain to them how I have overcome similar problems in our own school. Plus, with my new or enhanced communication platform, I will be able to make sure that they stay in the loop about what is going on regarding FBLA. In order to reach out to more people, I will use my presence on social media to garner more interest in starting a chapter at another school. Since I go to a magnet school, I am in touch with people who live in different towns, and by extension of them, I will be able to reach out to those districts. Thus, my sphere of influence reaches much further than most other people and I can effectively and efficiently recruit more chapters.
What leadership roles do you have inside and outside of FBLA-PBL and how have they shaped you?
In FBLA itself, I am the current Vice President of my chapter. Although it is not much, this is a leadership role that I take very seriously and try my hardest to execute my position's responsibilities to the best of my abilities. Since we are a small chapter, we have a lot of responsibilities on fewer members so fundraising and chapter management have been difficult. However, this difficult task has enabled me to think outside of the box with new ideas to solve these problems. For example, I managed to raise over $1,000 dollars from introducing new lunches and selling our own chapter merchandise. Also, at the beginning of the year, I was tasked with maintaining and recruiting new FBLA members for the 2019-2020 school year. Through my persistence and dedication, I was able to break the school record for the number of members in FBLA, which was over 60% of our school. Breaking this record showed me what fruit hard work and dedication can bear. Outside of FBLA, I started my own club, Investment Society, where we teach and enter a select few students about the rules of Investing and Economics. Spending hours preparing lesson plans and applying for competitions has shown me just how much work is involved in leading a team. It provided me with valuable information about managing conflicting personalities, setting deadlines, and informing the people of upcoming events and news. The combination of both of these roles has enabled me to truly become successful.
How will you ensure chapters are encouraging and completing community service?
As a wise man once said, rewards are the motivation behind hard work. Everything that one does has some kind of reward behind it, and it pushes them to complete the task. If there's no reward, then there's no motivation. Whether the reward is, getting accepted into a top tier college or finding happiness, these are the things that drive our actions on a day to day actions. I plan on leveraging this fact to ensure that chapters keep encouraging and completing community service. I plan on praising chapters and members for giving back to their community by instituting more awards for them. The more people feel valued and recognized for their deeds, the more they are inclined to continue these deeds. A simple certificate or a trophy could potentially be the difference between chapters contemplating completing community service and them actually doing it. The completion aspect of these awards will continue to push other chapters to continue with their community service. For example, there could be an award where the chapters with the most amount of community service from their chapter each get a trophy. Standings which show each chapter's contributions will inspire chapters to start to focus more on encouraging community service, so they can "climb" the standings.
What current state initiatives would you like to continue and/or what new state initiatives would you like to begin?
I plan on continuing the quest for increasing the amount of community service that the chapters do. I personally feel that community service not only helps the people receiving it, but also helps the people giving it. When I do community service, I feel a sense of moral satisfaction and it helps me in my goal of becoming a better person. Without community service, I wouldn't be able to understand different perspectives and the situation that some people face. By directly interacting with these people, I can understand how meaningful my work is. This is what I seek to have every NJ FBLA member do. Giving back to the community that helped raise you is just as important as anything else. As for new initiatives, I plan on incorporating more networking events to enable the members and chapters to fully integrate. In the business world, networking is a huge part of one's success, and developing these skills as a high schooler can prove to be very effective in the real world. As with many other things, learning networking is not something that can be taught in a classroom, only through practice and hands-on learning will one truly become a master at this. This is why I feel that hosting more networking events is so important.