Changing who you are right now into who you want to be in the future is hard to comprehend. Especially as a high school student, our careers may still be uncertain. It’s undeniable though, that a big part of who you want to be is shaped by being in FBLA. Just being here at the state conference is evidence of the impact. Hello Illinois FBLA! I’m Neha Arun, and I’m running to be your FBLA state secretary. What comes to your mind when I say FBLA? Is it the conferences or the competitive events? Do you ever think about the business aspect of FBLA? The Business Leader part of FBLA often gets lost in the acronym. However, becoming who you want to be in the future is shaped by your business skills. What you learn by forming business partnerships will help you throughout your life, no matter
FBLA membership has benefitted me because I can truly say it led me to my career choice. Junior year I had the opportunity to participate in the SBE Program at the Ste. Genevieve Care Center. By being a part of this program, I was required to join FBLA. Although FBLA was an organization I had wanted to join for a while, I needed a push to get involved in the club. Being involved in this club was one of the greatest decisions I have made during my high school career. My first year in the organization, I competed in the straight to state event, Social Media Campaign. Due to this participation, I attended the District Leadership Conference where I was a timekeeper and the State Leadership Conference, where my partner and I presented our project. The State Leadership Conference was a memorable event as it was different than any other conference I had attended before. That year I also served on multiple committees and assisted in the decorating of the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Dinner.
I have demonstrated excellence In leadership by being in Future Business Leaders of America ever since I was in my freshman year. I became secretary my freshman year, vice president my sophomore year, and will have acquired the privilege of becoming President my senior year. Being in FBLA has helped me not only grow as a member, but as a leader. Throughout my growth inside the club, I have been able to encourage others to join extracurricular activities, developing my interpersonal skills. Community service has also been a major part of my High School career. Whether it’s first preparing and painting the posters for an activity we are having, to being in charge of a fundraising event, my goal has always been to try to impact the community breaking
Future Business Leaders of America is a club that allows students to get hands on experience in the business world. There are different events and competitions that middle school through college students get to attend and compete in. This club has given many students the opportunity to explore and learn about business and the professionalism associated with it. Some competitions that are available to the students include mock interviews, public speaking, public service announcements, hospitality management, health care administration, and almost 100 more.
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. Mullins High School is a 100% free lunch qualified school where students look for encouragement. Mullins High School adopted this program to develop leadership skills and soft skills that are essential for our students to be prepared for college and career ready. As an intern, I take this opportunity to determine the support provided by these extra-curricular programs in achieving the vision of the institution. Mullins High school is blessed to have Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program. The program coordinator Ms. T is proud of her student members and their highly supportive parents.
Considering I don’t have many chances outside of school to do service, FBLA has given me the opportunity to give back to my community. I have helped FBLA with mum orders and Krispy Kreme orders. In helping with these order I helped unload, count, and distribute orders. Helping with these orders I learned to work well with other people. Helping to unload the mums is the best example of this. As other students and I unloaded the mums we came up with a system similar to how a conveyer belt would work. One person would take the mum off the cart, hand it to the next student in line, so on and so worth until it got to the last student who would put the mum on the table. This system was efficient because we got done unloading the orders faster than previous years. Along with FBLA giving me the opportunity to give back to the community, it has helped me become a better leader. FBLA gave me the chance to attend the Region Leadership Workshop. The Region Leadership Workshop taught be how to be a superior leader in the business world which could translate to school. FBLA has played an enormous role in developing my character.
I am now the president of our club and the manager of Wolverine Computer. Not only do I direct our shop's efforts to raise funding for our program and for student certification tests, but I also direct Wolverine Computer's training program. I organize opportunities for students to obtain hands-on, real-world practice in an environment that mimics the IT field realistically. Enabling students to receive work experience while still in high school is crucial to preparing students for a career in technology. In addition to certifications and direct work experience, the program also provides high school students opportunities to practice skills that are certainly needed in the technology field. This includes customer service, public interaction, and teamwork skills while allowing students to demonstrate a professional work ethic. The program and our SkillsUSA club have many facets that require great patience and skill to manage. Our SkillsUSA club has over 60 members and actively promotes IT and STEM at our school. Concurrently, students at Wolverine Computer have put in nearly 200 hours of community service in the fall 2016 semester. The proceeds from this community service have helped dozens of students become IT Fundamentals or A+ CompTIA certified and have given much-needed opportunities to students in La
While going to school, I consitentily worked a part-time job of at least 25-35 hours a week. My boss was never too lenient with our employees requesting time off work so there was many of hours I had to explain the importance of this club to me. I honestly just wanted to work all the time and save up for my own car. My parents never made much money and if I ever wanted something in life, then I better start working for it. I knew all work and no "play" wasn't want me, my parents', or God wanted from me. Being in FBLA gave me a feeling of accomplishment that I never received in any other aspects of my life. Leadership and business is where my heart and mind
I am also very much dedicated in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), as we also do a lot of service projects including March of Dimes throughout all factions of FBLA and in our community with Blue Zones (with the help of our advisor, Dana Lampe). In the 2014-2015 school year, I was the 3rd most dedicated member in FBLA, which was determined be a point system throughout the year based on volunteering, going to meetings, and etc..
Like FBLA, NHS has increased my teamwork and service learning capabilities. It has fostered in me a tradition to want to serve and help my community. Through both FBLA and NHS, I am able to help my community through activities like collecting and donating needed items to the less privileged, the distribution of hats and gloves to keep kids warm, collecting canned food to provide healthy nutrition during food drives, as well as, compiling and distributing school supplies to help with elementary education.
According to Mrs. Turner, many of what they will accomplish in the future will depend on politics, academic laws, students and the advocacy of donors and sponsors. The executive director was able to share her perspective regarding individuals wanting to take this route as a career. She continued, “Working in the non-profit world when you make that choice if that is what you want to do with your life. It’s a passion and a commitment to the organization, a commitment from the heart. Don’t expect to get rich, (Unless, you are the Red Cross, YMCA or the National United Way they may make good money, I am not sure) it’s not a 9am to 5pm job, more like 7am -7pm and sometimes more, but you have to love what you do and do it for the mission, for that cause.” It was interesting to interview an executive director who is interested in improving the life of individuals like me who need it. I hope their organization continues to be successful and thrive from the obstacles and the issues they may face along the way. The Hispanic League improves the lives of other, it is not surprising to hear they were selected as a bright spot in Hispanic Education on Educational Excellence for Hispanics by the White House Initiative. Being part of the organization not only as a staff but also as a volunteer or a member can make a difference. Not only for others but also
A continuous debate that is currently receiving much attention is whether community service should be a mandatory graduation requirement. Preparing students to effectively function in the real world is an important aspect of our education system. Today more than ever, there is an emphasis on having experience before beginning work. Most jobs are now focused on looking past your resume to see what you have given back to the community. Nevertheless, it is important that schools focus on preparing college students for the work force by mandating that they receive all of the necessary exposure and experience. Numerous schools across the country have mandated that in order for their students to graduate, they must complete a predetermined amount of community service. In Maryland, high school students are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of service in order to graduate. However, this decision has resulted in a lot of mixed responses. Advocates of this decision stress that mandatory community service opens doors for students, while the opponents feel that it takes away valuable time from students who need to focus on their education. I believe that gaining experience outside of school is critical for future success in life. To ensure that students are prepared to transition smoothly from school to work, they need to be involved with the community while in school in order to build the leadership skills that are necessary to succeed.
Each year, students orchestrate THON, a Penn State student-led philanthropic organization that raises money for Four Diamonds and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Throughout the year, students coordinate fundraisers and a 46-hour dance marathon to cover costs that insurance companies will not cover and attain funding for pediatric cancer research. At Penn State, I intend to be a part of this phenomenal organization. Within THON, I plan to continue my leadership through becoming a committee member. Fundraising is an essential component in any kind philanthropic organization; therefore, participating in canning weekends, becoming a committee member, and raising money. All of the money raised through THON benefits Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital for groundbreaking research in pediatric oncology and medical support for families battling this devastating disease. Over the past 40 years, THON has raised over $127 million dollars to find a cure for pediatric cancer, the leading cause of fatal disease in children, which will impact the lives of those dealing with the effects of cancer and improve the overall quality of life for the
Public education in America needs reforms to adjust to today's fast paced, technology based society. "Changing Educational Paradigms Animation" by RSA Animate and "Reinventing Education for the 21st Century" by Tony Wanger, prompted me to wonder how does teaching problem solving and critical thinking skills in schools socially and economically benefit students? Both of these videos touched on critical thinking and problem-solving skills and their importance in educating today's work force, but Tony Wanger blew me away with High Tech High, a Sandiego high, middle, and elementary school dedicated to teaching problem solving skills to a wide range of students (Wanger). This school system was an excellent model of students working on their own to create, utilize problem solving skills, and display their hard work. This gave me the idea that we need to shift our education to focus on critical thinking and problem-solving skills to better benefit students entering the work force.
As a student leader who is heavily involved in my school and community, I’ve had an abundance of opportunities and experiences to learn and grow from. Because of these opportunities, I’ve been able to discover things about myself and my community that have arrived as a pleasant surprise. Although each experience I’ve had during my high school career has impacted me in some way, whether the impact be immense or miniscule, no experience has quite shaped me as a leader as my experience with the Chick-fil-a Leader Academy did.