Franklin High School
Running for Central Region VP
Officer Candidate Test Score : 41/50
What do you believe is the biggest area of improvement NJ FBLA-PBL currently faces? How would you work to address this area?
I believe the biggest area of improvement NJ FBLA-PBL currently faces is a lack of cohesion among chapters and a lack of community across regions and the state as a whole. If elected, I plan to work to address this area by increasing the communication between chapters within my region and hopefully encourage the other regional vice presidents to implement similar programs to increase communication. I will do so by conducting monthly or bi-monthly zoom meetings for all the chapter presidents in each region to facilitate communication between different chapters and create the sense of community that I feel is essential to my platform. Through these meetings, chapters can exchange their unique ideas for events and chapter activities and hopefully inspire other chapters to incorporate similar ideas or build on these ideas. Additionally, by fostering this community, we are opening the doors for further collaboration between chapters, in terms of co-hosting events and potentially calling upon other chapters for resources when necessary. By making NJ FBLA-PBL more cohesive, we are paving the way for more unique ideas and innovation and creating a more tight-knit community that can extend outside of FBLA and create connections that last a lifetime.
What will you do to increase the number of active chapters?
I currently feel that the lack of active chapters is due to a lack of proper resources, lack of involvement, and a lack of support from the outside community. That is why I feel that increasing the cohesion and communication across chapters will also increase the number of active chapters. By conducting meetings between chapter presidents and giving chapters access to a wider community of FBLAers, we are increasing chapter activity by giving previously inactive chapters the resources and ideas to grow their chapters in ways that suit them. The best way to facilitate growth is through the exchange of ideas, and I truly feel that by bringing chapters together, there will be a space for even inactive chapters to find ways to develop within their respective communities, or at least collaborate with other chapters nearby to expedite this process.
What leadership roles do you have inside and outside of FBLA-PBL and how have they shaped you?
My leadership roles extend not only to school organizations, but throughout my local community. As historian of my local FBLA chapter and a leader in clubs such as Model United Nations, I have been able to expand my skills as a public speaker, and have gained a sense of duty and responsibility to my school community, to also help other club members grow and recognize their own personal strengths. In my local community, I head a committee that organizes different events for the youth in my township. This has taught me the importance of adhering to guidelines and deadlines put forth by those above me, and has gave me a sense of empathy when planning events that may not necessarily be centered around me and my interests, but must be engaging and informative nonetheless. As a dance teacher and a math and reading tutor as well, I feel that my sense of my empathy and the commitment that I have to making tasks enjoyable and engaging for all, will help me immensely as an NJ FBLA officer. I want to make sure that FBLAers have access to the all the fun and opportunity FBLA has to offer, in ways that tailor to the resources available to them.
How will you ensure chapters are encouraging and completing community service?
I will ensure chapters are encouraging and completing community service through the implementation of my monthly theme on Instagram. By honing in on different key FBLA skills and aspects of community service every month, I will be challenging chapters and individual chapter members to make an impact on their community in different ways, and posting accomplishments on the instagram page. Doing so will foster a healthy sense of competition among chapters and chapter members to find new ways to incorporate service into their FBLA events and involvement. For example, if the theme for November is "Local Organizations", FBLA chapters will be tasked with becoming involved in a local organization, such as a food bank or animal shelter, and making a difference, whether it be organizing a fundraiser or organizing a date for chapter members to volunteer. Those who have made efforts to incorporate this theme will be recognized on social media platforms for their achievements, and this will motivate others to take part. If elected, I look forward to working with the Community Service VP and Historian to make this happen.
What current state initiatives would you like to continue and/or what new state initiatives would you like to begin?
A state initiative that I would love to continue and develop is "Passport of Progress". Passport of Progress is a great way to encourage chapters to expand their reach and increase their involvement in FBLA activities while providing incentives. If elected, I hope to develop Passport of Progress further by giving more opportunities to earn points and offering more incentives at SLC and during the school year. I think the implementation of a monthly FBLA skill to focus on, and a monthly community service theme, are great state initiatives to begin because they encourage chapters to act on the theme within that month. They also increase the overall involvement in FBLA by giving chapters a direction to take their meetings and events in.