OJAS CHITNIS

Sayreville War Memorial High School

Running for Community Service VP

Officer Candidate Test Score : 48/50

What do you believe is the biggest area of improvement NJ FBLA-PBL currently faces? How would you work to address this area?

As a state chapter, we must work to increase communication with our local chapters and awareness of our state programs. We should also work to provide resources to ensure the success of our chapters and members. To improve communication, I will work with my fellow officers to bring back our state newsletter, as this can serve as an avenue to inform our members and shine a spotlight on the great work being done by our local chapters. If elected, I will work with my fellow officers and the state officer committees to develop resources, such as a handbook of successful ideas or additional leadership training to help our chapters thrive. I will also ensure to attend as many local chapter events and projects as possible, to ensure that our local chapters get the support they need from our state officer team. 

What will you do to increase the number of active chapters?

I will work to implement engaging and scalable state initiatives, which will help to encourage all of our chapters to reach their goals. Working with the state officer committees, I will work to develop a handbook of successful community service projects that can be implemented by our local chapters. I will also work to increase participation in state and national recognition programs, such as the Community Service Awards, as these programs can help chapters to attract and retain members. 

What leadership roles do you have inside and outside of FBLA-PBL and how have they shaped you?

This year, as my chapter President, I rejuvenated the Sayreville War Memorial High School chapter, which now has a strong base of active and dedicated members. I led a number of successful community service projects, including the Together We CAN food drive and sculpture competition, which raised more than 5,000 pounds of food for local charities. I also worked to form partnerships with businesses, such as Goldman Sachs TMT Banking Division, and other local chapters. 
In addition to FBLA-PBL, I am involved with a number of student organizations. I worked to charter our local chapter of the Leo Club, the world's largest youth-led community service organization. This year, I had the privilege of representing over 200,000 members in the United States on our international executive board. I also currently serve as the President of my Model UN chapter and the captain of our varsity tennis team. Over the past summer, I had the honor of serving as a fellow in the New Jersey Leadership program, a leadership in government program for high schoolers. 
Serving in these leadership roles has made me the person that I am today. They have given me tremendous experience with project planning and execution, as well as working in a team. This experience has also taught me the value of servant leadership, prioritizing the needs of members. 

How will you ensure chapters are encouraging and completing community service?

We can increase the number of chapters by providing increased opportunities to get involved at the state level and increased support for chapters at the local level. I will work to build partnerships with like-minded organizations, to increase our impact and provide support to local chapters. I will also work to develop a state recognition program, so that members and chapters can be recognized for the incredible work they do, which will encourage increased participation. With my fellow officers and my state officer committee, I will work to develop a community service handbook, which will have community service projects that can be easily implemented by our local chapters, which will help them with the hardest part of planning a successful project: getting started. I will also ensure to use the state community service committee to understand the unique needs of each of our chapters and what we, as the Executive Board, can do to fill them. 

What current state initiatives would you like to continue and/or what new state initiatives would you like to begin?

Building on the strong foundation we have build as a state chapter, I would like to continue and expand our partnership with the March of Dimes. I will continue our fundraising programs with them and will expand our partnership to their annual March for Babies. I will also work to build partnerships with statewide organizations and elected officials, to provide new opportunities for service. I would like to shift our community service focus to hands-on service, as this has both a great impact on our members and the community. Hands-on service helps our members to build valuable skills needed in modern society; through this we can provide increased value to an FBLA-PBL membership. I would also like to provide opportunities for service at the State Leadership Conference and increased opportunities for recognition at the local, state, and national levels. 

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NJ FBLA-PBL State Office

Kean University

Hutchinson Hall, J-202-C

1000 Morris Avenue

Union, NJ 07083

 

908-737-3980 - Voice

908-737-3945 - Fax

info@njfbla.org

 

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