"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it."
- Margaret Fuller
One of the most valuable services you can give the next generation is your knowledge. Throughout the last academic year, Vegas Young Professionals members supported UNLV Collegiate Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) by judging and mentoring their members during competition camps.
UNLV Collegiate DECA is a student- driven organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. UNLV Collegiate DECA competes in national competitions like Utah Fall Leadership Conference and DECA International Career Development Conference in various areas. These areas can include business research, advertising campaigns, accounting simulations and case studies in business ethics and marketing. To prepare for these events, UNLV Collegiate DECA holds competition camps for their members. At these camps, members practice presentations, random case studies on their topics and also get constructive criticism on their written documents. Last year, Jasmine Freeman, Matthew Lindsey and Shawn Cunningham coached UNLV Collegiate DECA during these camps. They judged members' presentations and gave priceless advice on how to improve their presentations. They were able to share their experience in the industry, giving them a competitive edge. Thanks to their support, UNLV Collegiate DECA came back from nationals in Washington, D.C. with five members placed as top 10 finalists.
We, as UNLV Collegiate DECA, are so grateful for the time and support that VYP has given us. The partnership with VYP has given UNLV Collegiate DECA members more confidence and knowledge that they can use both in competitions and real-life.
There are many opportunities similar to this that you can be involved in to give back to next generations. Judging or mentoring student organizations like this is only one way that you can provide a deeper connection with the community. It is a great way to share your knowledge to allow others to learn and grow from your professional experience.
You can find information on support our UNLV Collegiate DECA chapter by visiting unlvdeca.com.