5 Steps to Putting Together a Program of Work
Are you looking for a way to improve your chapter’s accomplishments, activities and projects? Have you ever tried developing a PROGRAM OF WORK?
Your chapter’s Program of Work should be like a road map for the year. It should inform your members of where they are going, how they will get there, and when they will know they have accomplished it.
These next five steps are some great tips and tricks that will help you put together your Program of Work in time for the upcoming school year.
- Get an academic calendar.
Go to your local office supply store and buy one of those huge, monthly calendars, with one page per month. Make sure you get all the months of your academic year (e.g. August – May). Using this will give you a large visual aid that can help with laying your chapter’s schedule out. It will be much easier to look at a certain day of the week and decide on whether it is a good day to have the chapter meeting or any other events.
- Use the Chapter Leadership Passport Program.
The Chapter Leadership Passport Program provides chapters a guide for year-round engagement, enhancing the benefits received from membership in Collegiate DECA. Utilizing the Chapter Leadership Passport Program, you can design your year around the requirements listed within it, gain an award for your chapter, and help your members complete the Individual Leadership Passport.
- Compare to your College Activities Calendar.
Colleges offer many activities that will fit into your Program of Work. Don’t replicate something that is already there. Use that time to create something that is not available yet and fill a hole. A lot of the activities for the Individual Leadership Passport can be fulfilled by your members outside of a DECA meeting. You just have to make sure they know that they can do so.
- Putting it all together.
Activities, meetings, projects, DECA events – put everything on paper. Some things won’t require planning ahead, but some other things will require a lot of work early on, plan for that. Writing it all out, scheduling it and assigning the work will be extremely helpful. If you don’t start at the beginning of the year, it is likely that the events planned will not be as successful as you want it to be. Assign people to events and spread out the workload. Everybody gets busy during the school year and the days, weeks, and months fly by. If you start today, it will be easier during the year.
- Keep a routine and inform your members.
Decide on a meeting date before the school year starts. Don’t move the day of the meeting week by week. Members will be more engaged if you have a planned out meeting date for the semester or school year. Let them know what to expect for the month. Planning your meetings in advance will help your members early on and generate interest from your members because they know they are getting something out of their investment of time.
This these tips, your chapter and your members will be ready to own this year, and your future!
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