Egg Harbor Township High School
Running for Community Service 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?
The biggest area of improvement that NJ FBLA-PBL faces is communication. I’ve talked to many officers and members of different local chapters in the past about this, and they also feel that this is a significant issue. There are officers that feel they need more guidance to ensure their chapter’s success. One of my personal goals as a state officer is to create a strong, united NJ FBLA community. This can only be achieved through direct, meaningful communication between the state office and local chapters. One way I will address this issue is by creating, in collaboration with the other state officers, a list of monthly goals for our chapters to achieve. This way, local officers will know what they specifically can do for their members. Additionally, this list will include available opportunities and resources for members to take advantage of in order to maximize their FBLA experience. I also want to increase communication through platforms like social media and The Spotlight. The success of NJ FBLA-PBL is dependent upon the success of all our chapters; therefore it’s essential that we address the lack of communication and improve on this issue.
What will you do to increase the number of active chapters?
We can begin an initiative to encourage local chapters to reach out to schools that don’t have chapters. Local chapters reach out to other schools and promote FBLA. They can talk about all the opportunities that FBLA provides students and how FBLA prepares students for the future. FBLA members can present to these schools themselves to showcase how FBLA helps students. These chapters that go out of their way to recruit chapters will receive special benefits. One possible benefit could be a discount on expenses for attending the State Leadership Conference.
What leadership roles do you have inside and outside of FBLA-PBL and how have they shaped you?
I’m currently my local chapter’s Community Service Vice President. As an officer, I’ve developed a sense of commitment and dedication to serving my chapter’s members. I’m devoted to my work and refuse to fail because I know that this would let my members down. I also have this same commitment to the improvement of my community. I’ve become more responsible and more aware of how my actions impact others.
I also organize an annual service event and festival in town about the environment called Project W.E.T. I first obtained this role in sixth grade. This is a large project to undertake, and as an eleven-year-old, it taught me a lot about time management. I love doing it because it shows me how much of an impact I can have in my community and how I can improve my community.
Many activities I do are related to teaching and helping other students. For example, I’m a section leader in my school’s choir. I lead rehearsals and teach music to choir members. I’m also a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar. I’m a part of a network of scholars across the nation. I help the younger students in the program by giving them advice and helping them figure out their goals for the future. I participate in panels that provide students with information and guidance on how to approach high school. By being able to help other students, it has helped me continue to learn and grow as an individual.
How will you ensure chapters are encouraging and completing community service?
One of the components in my program of work as Community Service Vice President is to hold service events throughout the state. I will reach out to organizations that need volunteers and set up service events with them. In order to ensure that members from all over New Jersey have the same opportunities to volunteer, these events will be located so that local members won’t need to travel far. I will divide the state into different small sections. Chapters will be placed into these different sections based on location. In each section, there will be a community service event taking place at least once every two months. This way, if chapters struggle to organize their own community service events, their members will still be able to volunteer at these regional events.
To encourage more community service participation, I would like for our chapters to engage in a friendly competition. Each month, chapters will have the chance to submit their total number of service hours completed. In order to make this competition fair, that total quantity will be averaged to find the number of service hours completed per member. Whichever chapter has the greatest average number of service hours will receive a shout-out on NJ FBLA’s social media accounts.
What current state initiatives would you like to continue and/or what new state initiatives would you like to begin?
I believe that the annual state-wide fundraiser for the March of Dimes is a good way for chapters to raise money, and I would like for this to continue. However, I also believe that we should also get involved with other non-profits at a state level. There are many diverse organizations out there that we can help so that we can expand our horizons. Some examples are Feeding America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Red Cross. We can also help with smaller, more local charities to give them a boost.
Additionally, I would like to begin a new state initiative to increase communication. We can use a platform similar to Google Classroom for local officers and advisers to be able to interact more with the state officers. Using a platform that unites chapters throughout New Jersey also offers a stronger sense of community. Chapters will be able to directly contact each other for advice through this platform. Another great medium to increase communication is through the NJ FBLA social media accounts, which currently are very active. This level of activity must not only be upheld, but increased. Furthermore, I believe the NJ FBLA newsletter, The Spotlight, is a great way to open up communication and definitely should be continued. Chapters are able to stay connected and get inspiration from the stories of other successful chapters.