Franklin High School
Running for Membership VP
Officer Candidate Test Score : 40/50
What do you believe is the biggest area of improvement NJ FBLA-PBL currently faces? How would you work to address this area?
The biggest area for improvement for NJ FBLA-PBL is the communication that occurs between members and the administration. Members are the basis of our organization, making member satisfaction a top priority. Despite so, members are often ill-informed regarding FBLA activity, and lack a channel to directly submit feedback. To address this, I plan requesting the contact information of each member, and using the given information to release monthly updates on on-going activity, which will keep our members well-informed. Additionally, each monthly update will provide a channel for members to submit direct feedback on state officer performance, adequacy of FBLA events, and any concerns held by the member. With this, members will feel more involved in FBLA activity. and more satisfied with the organization .
What will you do to increase the number of active chapters?
The task of increasing the number of active chapters is one that requires multiple approaches. One approach is allocating more attention to the development of virtual chapters. Virtual chapters allow for flexibility, and provide an opportunity for members to participate in FBLA activities, without being required to attend a school with an active chapter. Many of us began our FBLA career in a middle-level chapter, where we develop a love for this organization. With that said, if we want to increase membership, we should begin at the middle level. As Membership Vice President, I will promote various programs that increase middle level involvement such as middle-level shadowing experiences, visiting middle-level chapters to discuss the importance of participating in FBLA, and even endorsing the concept of a middle-level representative on the state officer team. Additionally, we must maximize our usage of technology, and use what we have to advertise our organization to the absolute max.
What leadership roles do you have inside and outside of FBLA-PBL and how have they shaped you?
Through my work as an active FBLA member, I have been able to earn the role of executive reporting officer at my local chapter. Leading a group of people just as passionate as me provides me with insight as to what it takes to be a reliable and responsible leader. From serving as an officer at my chapter, I have learned valuable skills such as dependability, flexibility, and proper communication. Obtaining those skill from my interactions with members of my chapter has allowed me to gain the confidence and drive necessary to become a young independent entrepreneur, which is the leadership role that I pride the most. Leading myself to success with little guidance has allowed me to become a stronger, wiser, and much mature individual that I was before pursue such substantial endeavors. These leadership roles motivate me to a level that pushes to not only better myself, but the people who comprise my community as well. Because of this, I am forever grateful for each and every opportunity that has come my way!
How will you ensure chapters are encouraging and completing community service?
The best way to encourage the completion of any activity is by providing resources. Often times, the desire to give back to one's community exists, but the opportunities do not seem available. In this case, if we regularly connect our chapters with community service opportunities, our members are much more inclined. As Membership Vice President, I will have the platform to connect chapters with the appropriate community service activities, specific to the chapters region. The opportunities will not stop there, however. The best way to encourage community service activity AND to develop our state-wide presence is by devising community service events solely for our members. Possible events include volunteering at local facilities, providing assistance to those in need, raising money for local charities. We have seen tremendous success with the March of Dimes fundraising, which gives me hope that connecting our members with additional opportunities will result in a sharp increase in community service involvement.
What current state initiatives would you like to continue and/or what new state initiatives would you like to begin?
NJ FBLA-PBL has many initiatives in practice that offer support to both our members and our advisors. One program that has proven be particularly beneficial is the 'Adopt A Chapter' program. Through this program, our organization has been able to strengthen our presence, and support the chapters that require guidance. If we take the step to place even more emphasis on the importance of this program, we will not only see a drastic increase in membership, but also a greater presence of unity among our chapters. A new state initiative that I would promote as Membership Vice President is the 'Helping Hand' program, which would allow us to use our spectrum of skills as future business leaders to aid our members that suffer from financial constraints. Through the 'Helping Hand' program, we can unify our chapters to engage in fundraising activity, and allocate the money we raise towards contributing to conference costs and the cost of proper attire for our members that may struggle financially. This program will encourage more members to attend our conferences, provide additional fundraising/community service opportunity, and help to consolidate chapters. Additionally, NJ FBLA-PBL would benefit greatly from developing inter-regional conferences, where we engage and network with our neighboring states prior to national conferences. If elected as the next Membership Vice President, I will be able to my platform to make this event possible for the next coming years.