Why is Advocating for CTE So Important?
It’s February. February means Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month. CTE month means advocacy.
Advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that people in society are able to have their voice heard on issues that are important to them, defend and safeguard their rights, and have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives.
As DECA members, advisors, and alumni it’s imperative that we understand the importance of our voices on behalf of the organization we all love so deeply.
Need some ideas on how to advocate this month for DECA? Here are a few that may spark your interest.
- Scheduling a meeting with your school administration/government officials (state or national lawmakers from your area, mayor, governor)
- Speaking at a school board meeting
- Visiting your local Chamber of Commerce
- Celebrating CTE Month with special activities on campus for all students
- Ask your mayor/governor to officially proclaim February as CTE Month
The list of advocacy-related activities your chapter can do is endless, but if you’re stuck and can’t think of any ideas be sure to reach out and network with your peers and see what they have in mind.
Through your work this month and beyond, you’d have helped hundreds of thousands of CTE students all over the country get the extra advocacy needed to keep this great program going strong.
This is your time to show off and prove just how important DECA is to you!
Dig deep down and channel your inner Olivia Pope this February and remember when the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.
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