The mission of Future Business Leaders of America is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. At Corning-Painted Post High School, the FBLA Chapter is gaining recognition through some recent achievements, including participating in a New York State competition and also sending one of their members, who placed at a state FBLA competition, to the national conference. Alivia Jiang, who will be a sophomore at CPPHS in the fall, competed at the NY State Spring Leadership Conference in Binghamton in early April. She placed 4th in the in the Journalism category. A first-time competitor, she earned the opportunity to attend the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas from June 29-July 2, where she represented C-PP High School and NYS District 11.
The chapter adviser is CPPHS teacher Ms. Sharon Kendrick. She said, “I am so grateful for the students who have participated over the last two years.” She credited their success to planning and goal-setting. “The chapter lists goals at the beginning of each year and works toward accomplishing them. For example, increasing the number of members who attend the District 11 meeting in order to participate at the state level. Then, doing the same so that the members place at the state level to proceed to national competition.” She added, “Another goal is to gain new members while retaining those that we have. I believe that once our students at C-PP High School learn about FBLA, what it offers and sees what our current members are accomplishing, a number of new students will join.”
Alivia agrees, saying, “One of our major goals in the upcoming school year is to expand the chapter more. Even at the state level, our chapter is smaller than the others, and we are hoping that we will be able to recruit more members next year and send them to the New York State leadership conference.” She added, “Another goal is to follow through with more of our plans that we established last year, including organization of a business forum for the students at CPPHS to learn more about potential careers in business. Finally, we want to conduct more fundraisers to try and raise more money for our chapter so that we could pay to send more people to the conferences.”
Alivia continued, "I really was shocked to win at the state level, because even though I have learned a lot about journalism from being in yearbook, the test covered so many different aspects of journalism. At the New York State FBLA Conference, it really opened my eyes to how big a program FBLA is, and all the opportunities that it can bring you.”
As for her experience in San Antonio, Alivia said she learned a lot and networked with students from across the world. “The San Antonio FBLA national event was originally kind of scary for me, because going as the only student from Corning, I didn’t know anyone. The second I walked into the registration room, I was stunned at all the people there. It really opened my eyes to how big the organization was, and how many students it has impacted. Not only were there students from each of the 50 states, there were even members attending from China and the Virgin Islands.” She said, “Seeing the national officers give speeches at the ceremonies, and participating in different regional and state meetings allowed me to see the several paths I could take as a member of FBLA in the future. I learned more about how voting and other processes work at the national level of FBLA, which was really interesting, because it is all student run. Most importantly, I met students and advisors from across the world who brought knowledge from their own experiences with FBLA, which I will be using for future growth within the chapter.”
Alivia said, “FBLA has shown me that there are so many ways I can grow, as a student and as a person. I have met incredible people through the organization, and I am looking forward to seeing what new experiences I will have next year!”
Ms. Kendrick said, “We have a fantastic school district with a multitude of opportunities for our students. FBLA is one opportunity that provides leadership skills, develops relationships and will ultimately be an asset to their (the members) future."
Future Business Leaders of America includes over 196,950 members and more than 5,200 chapters.