RAHI PATEL

Piscataway High School

Running for North Central Region VP

Officer Candidate Test Score : 44/50

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

FBLA-PBL is recognized as one of the greatest student-lead organizations at both a national and state level. However,  if I had to opportunity to improve on one aspect of NJ FBLA’s already great organization, it would be membership interactions across the state and individual regions. I plan on addressing this area through my platform of increasing interactions among members through community service projects, workshops, and a social media initiative. Each region in New Jersey could host region held community service projects to both give back to the local communities in larger amounts and also allow for members within regions to meet new people and network. Additionally, regions could hold Pre-SLC Workshops to prepare competitors for their events at states and interact with members from other schools to receive advice on their projects. Finally, I would like to use my social media initiative to post flyers of all events in a region. This will allow members from each region to attend events held by other schools. Members could meet new people and build relationships outside of state held events. 

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

To increase the number of active chapters I will advocate for the Adopt a Chapter program to ensure developing chapters receive support in allowing their chapters to grow. In addition, I would like to open doors of our regional summit to schools in our region that do not have an FBLA chapter and/or their chapter has fallen. This opportunity will allow schools to get a glimpse of what FBLA has to offer, and hopefully, encourage them to start a chapter. This plan will be executed by reaching out to schools with a nonactive chapter and by creating a sign-up form for these schools to attend our regional summit. Moving forward, I plan to hold a Pre-SLC Workshop for members in our region to prepare for competing at SLC. This will allow new and developing chapter members to increase their odds of placement by having SLC veterans/placers give them advice. Furthermore, former SLC judges will be in attendance if members would like to present your presentation in a mock setting for feedback. This workshop will create excitement and energy in a young chapter and give that school the motivation to continue to prosper their FBLA Chapter. 

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

Outside of FBLA, I am the Public Relations V.P. for DECA at PHS as well as a student mentor for Buddy Ball, which is a program that encourages special needs children to take part in numerous sports and fitness-related activities while socializing among their peers. Within FBLA I have led large groups of members in the Sponsorship, Entertainment, Operations, and Marketing Committees. These three leadership roles, have helped me blossom into the poise, outgoing, and confident individual I am today. When I joined FBLA I was a timid and socially awkward freshman; however, I quickly broke out of this shell as FBLA presented me with numerous opportunities and challenges for self-growth. I learned that communication and networking is the most valuable tool and that public speaking is not something to fear, but rather to embrace when an opportunity presents itself. Through Buddy Ball, I have become a team player and realized working together will open more opportunities for success than working alone. Lastly, by being a DECA officer I had the ability to lead an organization and develop my leadership skills allowing me work towards being a more well rounded individual. 

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

I will ensure that chapters throughout the region are encouraging and completing community service hours by requesting they submit monthly community service reports similar for those summited to the state for Passports of Progress. This will allow me to monitor the community service being completed by individual chapters and give me the opportunity to reach out to chapters with fewer hours. I want to encourage community service at the regional level by implementing region held community service projects to aid chapters in fulfilling more hours of service to their local communities. They will volunteer under the incentive of both a feeling of gratitude for giving back and also the ability to receive recognition at SLC such as by sitting closer to the stage. Regional community service projects will consist of cleaning up local state parks and volunteering at soup kitchens. Not only will this help chapters increase community service hours, but it will also allow members from all across the region to come together and meet new people.

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

NJ FBLA has a plethora of initiatives that I would like to see continue; however, particularly, I’d like to continue the Adopt a Chapter program and expand on it. More experienced chapters will continue to take developing chapters under their wing, acting as a mentor, to keep track of their progress throughout the year. In addition to this, I would like to add the aspect of a social media initiative in which chapters throughout the region will be able to send in flyers for events their schools are hosting to encourage membership interaction and involvement at a regional level. These flyers will be posted to exclusive North-Central Region social media accounts, such as Instagram and Twitter. This will allow for not only an increase in interactions amongst members in the North-Central Region but, also allow all the chapters in the region to adopt fundraising and community service projects/events for their own chapters to hold. 

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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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