December 12, 2016

Advocate with DECA

Author: California DECA

Meeting with your local legislators is one of the most valuable things you can do not only as a DECA member, but as a member of your community. Local legislators range from your Congressperson that represents your district in Washington D.C. all the way to your local school board. Advocating to these local representatives is important because there are many ways their legislative actions directly affects chapters and associations. For example, advocating to school district boards about the importance and benefits of DECA can potentially lead to more CTE-certified classes in that district.

Find Your Legislators:

If you are confused about the different types of legislators out there or how to contact them, don’t worry we have all the different offices listed here.

Conduct the Visit:

You may be asking how do I advocate with my legislator when I eventually get to meet them? A general outline of what to discuss is as follows:

  1. Introduce Yourself
  2. Discuss DECA
  3. Discuss Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  4. Discuss Chapter/District Specific Issues
  5. Give a Business Card/Contact Information

Tips on How to Advocate:

  • Be well-versed on DECA and CTE knowledge by preparing before hand
  • Know your issues in your chapter and community
  • Know what your legislator cares about
  • Have some specific areas of focus to discuss
  • Provide supplementary materials such as photos of conferences or infographics about DECA
  • Be calm, your legislators love talking to constituents and addressing community issues


There are lots of resources that California DECA has created overtime to make the advocacy process easier and less complicated. Many of the resources can be found on the California DECA Official Website and our California DECA YouTube Page.
Here is a list of available resources from CA DECA:

Resources from DECA Inc.

About California DECA
California DECA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Career and Technical Student Organization, endorsed by the California Department of Education. With over 4,500 members in 59 schools throughout California, California DECA works to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in four fields of business: marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. For more information about California DECA, visit


Contact Information
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