Thanks…Giving Tuesday! Take Your Chapter’s MDA Giving to the #NEXT LEVEL!

This year Arizona DECA is proud to announce that we will be participating in the global movement known as Giving Tuesday, that occurs every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The purpose of this movement is to kick off the charitable season each year. This Giving Tuesday, Arizona DECA wants to highlight the Muscular Dystrophy Association by encouraging members to donate through fundraisers hosted by your chapter, interacting with Arizona DECA’s events and by continuing to participate in the Community Service Competition. We are so excited to be releasing all the information that your chapter will need to make the beginning of this charitable season DECAmazing, in the days leading up to Giving Tuesday!

Team 60 is thrilled to be hosting a Arizona DECA Game Night on December 3rd at 5:15pm after the Arizona One DECA Call. All of the proceeds from this game night will be donated to the MDA. With a donation of just 5 dollars, you will get to play some great games, network with other members, and in addition we will be having 4 winners at the end of the night. Our first place winner will receive a stylish DECA crewneck and the following 3 players will be awarded with one of our new DECA Drip boxes! To ensure your Zoom square at game night, click the following link:

https://decalink.org/MDAGameNight

Don’t forget to add your name (first and last) as well as an email that is not attached to your school.

In addition to participating in the efforts held by Arizona DECA, you have the opportunity as a chapter to host your own. Below is a breakdown of what we have in store for Giving Tuesday this year:

Wednesday, November 25th
Giving Tuesday breakdown posted on @arizonadeca_d1-9
Thursday, November 26th
Tuesday BlogDECA released
Saturday, November 28th
MDA Giving Tuesday video released on @arizonadecaGiving
Sunday, November 29th
Fundraising ideas list released @arizonadeca
Tuesday, December 1st
Izzy Yadav and I will be going live on @arizonadeca to discuss Giving Tuesday
Thursday, December 3rd
Game night at 5:15 after Arizona One DECA Call

It is important to recognize that the donations your chapter raises, no matter the amount, can make a difference in impacting the life of someone that is living with muscular dystrophy. Every single dollar counts. We would also like to recognize that Giving Tuesday is the launch of the year’s charitable season; it is important to not only participate in the fundraising events but to also contribute by doing other initiatives such as the Community Service Competition. As always if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your Arizona DECA State Officer Team!

With warm regards in DECA,

Jacque Quesada
District 4 President

Chapter Campaigns take you to the #NEXTLEVEL!

Hey Arizona DECA!

I hope you all are doing well and staying safe during these unprecedented times. I am so excited about this month because it is DECA Month! We have been participating in DECA Inc.’s daily posting schedule and it has been so amazing seeing all of your DECA highlights and memories! Before we move further into my favorite month of the year, I want to share some information about Chapter Campaigns!

Every year, DECA offers five unique campaigns that help chapters grow, engage new members, and build long-lasting relationships within schools and communities. These campaigns elevate chapters and help develop programs of work! Chapter campaigns are broken down into five categories: Membership, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Promotional, Community Service, and Advocacy.

Here is a brief overview of each one:

Membership
The membership campaign is designed to help chapters grow by making the DECA experience available to more student members, keeping alumni involved, and engaging professional members such as administrators, teachers, and business partners. To complete this campaign and receive recognition, chapters must recruit a group of 20 new members, alumni, and/or professional members. The submission deadline is December 1st, 2020, and we can’t wait to see how you all take on this campaign!

Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 16th to November 22nd) is a time for chapters to engage in outreach activities, innovation challenges and learn about the future of business. Each chapter’s three innovative challenge entries, three local entrepreneur success stories, and three school/community outreach activities are due by December 1st. Entrepreneurship is a fundamental part of business and will help you and your chapter reach the next level of success.

Promotional
This campaign provides chapter members an opportunity to share what DECA is all about with their school and community. It is time to put your passion into action! You can get recognized for this campaign by conducting three school outreach activities, three community outreach activities, and sharing three alumni success stories. Be sure to submit your information by December 1st.

Community Service
To complete this campaign, chapters must host at least one community service activity/event and have at least 75% of their chapter in attendance. Although we are virtual, we still hope to see you all participate in community service. Only one community service event is required for this campaign, however, we want to see your chapter take this to the next level by taking on multiple activities. For inspiration, check out the Arizona DECA Task List! The list has a range of activities and we cannot wait to see you tackle this campaign. Make sure to submit all of your information by December 1st!

Advocacy
This campaign takes place in February 2021, during Career and Technical Education Month. You can get involved in this campaign by conducting nine outreach activities. The nine activities will be dedicated to reaching out to policymakers, school officials, and your community. Your Arizona DECA State Officer team will be launching an advocacy guide for you all to utilize, and we can’t wait to see the impact Arizona DECA can make with our representatives this year! Make sure to submit all of your information by March 1st, 2021!

These are great ways to get involved and receive recognition and awards for your chapters at the state and international level! If you have any additional questions about chapter campaigns please feel free to reach out to me or head to:
https://www.deca.org/high-school-programs/high-school-chapter-campaigns/

By participating in these campaigns you are taking your chapter to new heights. We encourage you all to continue thinking about ways you can inspire and motivate members during these uncertain times.
It is remarkable to see how hard you all are already working to keep your chapters successful and prosperous and I cannot wait to see what we continue to do together!

Keep it up, Arizona DECA!

Yours in DECA,

Aakash Kakkar
Arizona DECA State President and District 9 President

Make Your Move

Hello Arizona DECA!

We are so excited to share that one of our goals for this year is to continue expanding our partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association! The MDA has been helping families and individuals living with muscular dystrophy and other related neuromuscular diseases for the past 70 years. Throughout these years, they have worked hard to bring awareness, support, and funding in order to find a cure. This September, Arizona DECA will be joining in on the MDA National Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month by helping raise awareness and donations for those in need.

On Saturday, September 5th, we will be participating in the MDA Virtual Muscle Walk 2020. This walk is a great way for chapters and members to learn more about the MDA while giving to an amazing cause. Since the walk is virtual, we encourage you to get active. Whether that means going out for a walk, doing yoga, hiking, or even dancing, the possibilities are endless!

If you would like to sign up for the Virtual Muscle Walk 2020, go to decalink.org/walk20, click “Register”, and register as part of the Arizona DECA team.

If you just want to make a donation, go to the Arizona DECA team link at decalink.org/mda20. Make sure to put your chapter name in the comments when making a donation. We will be giving a gift card to each of the top five chapters who raise the most. Remember that the chapter who raises the most money for the MDA overall throughout the entire year will receive special recognition at the State Career Development Conference.

We will be posting all about the MDA every Saturday in September on our Instagram @arizonadeca. We encourage you to utilize your social media accounts to spread this message far and wide. We are ecstatic to see how Arizona DECA will take our partnership with the MDA to the #NEXTLEVEL!

Yours in DECA,

Jacque Quesada | District 4 President