How You Can Help
Western region Leadership Conference (November)
The Western Region Leadership Conference (WRLC) draws 2,000+ students, advisors, and chaperones from DECA’s fourteen western region state associations for three days of experiential learning. The general sessions feature keynote speakers of high regard and our breakout sessions and workshops bring over 100 industry experts to speak directly to the students and advisors about topics which can benefit both their chapter and them individually. WRLC also includes a large Exhibitor Fair where vendors speak directly to student and advisor decision-makers, as well as a Mock Competition where students get a taste of DECA competition and receive direct mentoring feedback from volunteer judges before the official competition year begins. Individual, corporate, or foundation partnerships can increase not only the number of current members who are able to participate in the WRLC, but also attract low socio-economic student members who will benefit from the membership, leadership, and career education that Washington DECA provides.
State Career Development Conference (March)
Competitive events provide student members the opportunity for hands-on learning through competition in business and marketing applications. In December and January, students compete within Washington DECA’s 11 geographic areas, and the top-place winners per event from each area earn the privilege to compete at the State Career Development Conference in March. SCDC has consistently been the premier event for Washington DECA members, bringing more than 3,200 student competitors and 400 advisors and chaperones. More than 450 volunteers from the business community donate their time and talent to judge these students and help determine who qualifies to move on to the International Career Development Conference to represent Washington DECA against 15,000 other DECA competitors from around the world.
Emerging Leaders EMPOWER HOUR (september)
Join Washington DECA board members, supporters, volunteers, educators, students, and staff at the Washington DECA Empower Hour to hear from our amazing student DECA members. Hear first-hand how Washington DECA is positively changing the lives of our local students.
Steven Anthony Rhone Jr. Memorial Fund
Steven was only 19 years old when he was killed on June 2, 2007 by a hit-and-run drunk driver while simply attempting to cross the street. His family and friends offer this scholarship as a way to have his legacy of a positive spirit and love of life live on. We hope to help other students move towards positive, productive futures as contributing members of our society. The memorial fund sponsors ICDC registration scholarships and four $500 chapter scholarships based on financial need.
Additional Partnership Opportunities
Partnership benefits are created for individual sponsors, and specific recognition-level descriptions are available by request. Partnership and underwriting opportunities for additional Washington DECA fundraising activities are also available. Please contact Lila Mowatt, Director of Philanthropy, for more information.