Preparing DECA's Next Generation

Jan 1, 2024

In the DECA world, inclusivity is a cornerstone that starts early, with middle school students playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of our organization. As we celebrate the involvement of the next DECA generation, let's take a closer look at the unique opportunities and considerations we can provide for our future emerging leaders.

Create a Welcoming Atmosphere:

Create a warm and welcoming environment that embraces all middle school students. Everyone from 5th to 8th graders should feel valued and encouraged to explore DECA’s exciting possibilities.

Host In-person Information Sessions:

Organize informative sessions that provide clear information on DECA's goals, activities and benefits, ensuring that each student gains an understanding. Bring written materials for students to take and keep track of all the information. These sessions are primarily beneficial during school hours in the spring when incoming high school students are creating their class schedules.

Provide Tailored Guidance:

Recognize that incoming members may be at many critical decisions in their academic journey. Tailor guidance and support to address their unique needs, offering insights into how DECA can contribute to their personal and professional growth and how marketing classes can benefit a growing resume.

Form Mentorship Across Lower Grade Levels:

Foster cross-grade mentorship programs to facilitate meaningful connections. Pairing individual experienced high-school DECA members with middle school students creates a supportive network that enhances their understanding of DECA's mission and activities.

Stay Connected Through Digital Outreach:

Leverage digital platforms to connect with middle schoolers, emphasizing the positive impact of DECA. Utilize social media, virtual events and online resources to reach potential members and inform them of DECA happenings. You can use social media as a resource to upload materials that were given out during sessions to ensure availability.

By embracing the collective potential of these students, we ensure a rich and diverse tapestry that propels DECA forward, shaping the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. Utilize one or many of these tools to prepare DECA's next generation!


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