Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School
Running for North Central region VP
Officer Candidate Test Score : 42/50
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 that the biggest area of improvement that NJ FBLA-PBL faces is our communication with one another. When I go to SLC or SFLC, I feel as if students are hesitant to branch out and network with other students. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I see that the majority of students tend to talk with and spend time with the friends that they have from their own school. I'm not saying that everyone has to be a Chatty Cathy, but being able to put yourself out there and meet other students from different towns will surely enhance your FBLA experience. One way I want to work to address this area is by encouraging members to network via social media. I know how hard it is to go up to a stranger, shake their hand or dap them up, and strike up a conversation; however, if you were to interact with other FBLA members over Instagram, seeing them in person wouldn't be as awkward because you've "met" them online. By using social media, hopefully, we can break down that initial barrier holding us back from networking with one another.
What will you do to increase the number of active chapters?
I think that the best way to recruit more chapters is to show them what they're missing. I'm a visual learner, so for me, it's easiest to understand something if I see it play out visually. One way we can use visuals to recruit inactive chapters is by using our recap videos from SLC. One of my favorite parts of SLC is watching the montage that plays at the closing ceremony because it shows what FBLA is all about. From the clips of members working hard at their role plays to the clips of students having fun with their friends, it really encapsulates what this great organization has in store. I believe that by showing inactive chapters these videos, they will be more inclined to become active because they can directly see all of the great memories and experiences that they are missing out on.
What leadership roles do you have inside and outside of FBLA-PBL and how have they shaped you?
One of the most influential leadership roles I have outside of FBLA is serving on Overlook Hospital's Junior Board. As a member of the Overlook Junior Board, I work with 15 other high school juniors to fundraise for the hospital and host various philanthropic events. Through the board, I have learned to work effectively with other people, voice my ideas, and work in a corporate setting. I'll be able to translate these skills into state office to make NJ FBLA the best that it can be.
A leadership role that I have inside of FBLA is serving as my local chapter's president. Serving as my chapter's president has helped me improve my time management, taught me how to divide tasks among students, and allowed me to better communicate with members of my community. I feel that the skills I have learned from FBLA will allow me to succeed as a state officer.
How will you ensure chapters are encouraging and completing community service?
In order to ensure that chapters are completing community service, I will set benchmarks that act as goals for chapters to obtain. Similar to Community Service Awards, my benchmarks will reward chapters for the number of hours of community service they have completed. The awards will be given based on the number of hours the chapter has completed as a whole. For example, when a chapter reaches a total of 500 community service hours they will win Dunkin' Donuts gift-cards, when they reach 1,000 total community service hours, they will get an award at SLC, and so on and so forth. This will provide incentives for chapters to complete their community service.
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 like to continue is our Member of the Month initiative. I believe that Member of the Month is a simple yet effective way to reward FBLA members who have continuously worked hard at their chapters. By highlighting them and shouting them out on the NJFBLA Instagram page, these members get the recognition they deserve.
A new state initiative I would like to begin is monthly meetings among chapter presidents. Each Regional Vice President will host a monthly meeting with the presidents from their region. These meetings will improve regional communication and allow for chapters to get to know each other better. During these meetings, presidents can discuss how their local chapters are doing and brainstorm with one another how to improve their region.