We spend a great deal of time at our Bellevue DECA chapter preparing for competition, but the team does much more than just attend tournaments. Developing leadership skills, mentoring others, and giving back to the community help students mature into successful business leaders.
Bellevue DECA team members have the opportunity to step up and demonstrate their leadership potential by serving as an officer to the chapter. While this approach of providing students a great deal of autonomy can be nerve-wracking to both them and the faculty adviser, there’s no better way to identify the type of organization and work role that best fits each of our young entrepreneurs.
Mentoring younger students enrolled in local high school DECA programs is a great way to help others while learning key lessons about managing resources and providing professional counsel. The complexity of administering such a program has already been instrumental in showing how a seemingly simple idea can become quite complex in execution.
Participating in community activities and finding opportunities to give back to those in need helps build character, but it also teaches students important lessons about partnerships and legal concerns when working with others. Perhaps even more important is the discovery of what events make the most impact in relation to the time put in to the activity.
Bellevue College students that participate in DECA also get more personalized attention on career counseling, including help identifying internships, scholarships, networking events, and ideas on how to differentiate themselves in a competitive work landscape. We measure our success at Bellevue DECA not just by how well we do in competition, but by the successful transition of students into successful graduates pursuing meaningful careers, playing leadership roles in the community, and serving as role models for the next generation of DECA participants.