Importance of Community Service Awards
The mission of FBLA-PBL is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. Service is a critical component of sustainable leadership, and this is not only recognized in FBLA’s mission statement, but in our crest, certain competitive events and chapter activities, our partnership with March of Dimes, and most importantly, programs like the Community Service Awards (CSAs).
According to the FBLA-PBL website here, the CSAs serve to recognize members with extraordinary commitment to community service. It is comprised of three levels, defined by different numbers of service hours you reach. These levels are: Community (50 hours), Service (200 hours), and Achievement (500 hours). The good news? These service hours are cumulative throughout your high school career, so reaching Achievement is definitely doable if you set your mind to it. Whether or not you’ve heard of the CSAs before, get ready to get involved, and create, lead, inspire through your service work!
Why should I get involved?
The answer to this question is simple: to give back to the community! Conducting service is a great way for you and your chapter to strengthen community connections and build local partners. It also provides an opportunity for you to employ some of those competitive event skills gained in FBLA, from publication design to spreadsheet applications, and public speaking to public service announcement. Let’s put those skills to good use!
Also, let’s pause for a second here. Do you already do community service? Maybe it’s part of your graduation requirements. Maybe you’re in a service club, like National Honor Society, Key Club, or Interact Club. Maybe you just enjoy volunteering with your family once in a while. These all count for service hours! Why not get recognized for your work through a prestigious FBLA award?
How do I sign up?
Now that you’re committed to logging your hours for the CSA, the next step is signing up. The CSAs are very similar to the Business Achievement Awards (BAAs) in that your adviser will register you for the program through the national webpage, here. Here’s a series of steps to follow to get started:
Ask your chapter adviser about the CSAs. Have they heard of it before? If not, check out the FBLA-PBL website section on CSAs here.
Have your adviser go to the “Adviser Login” page and log in (button on right hand column of website).
Your adviser should register you as a student completing the CSAs. They should then have your student login information.
Use the student login information (provided by adviser) to log in to your CSA account, on the same webpage here.
Log your hours!
Once you reach a certain level (number of hours), your adviser will approve your hours and you have officially received the award!
What are some activities I can do?
Some FBLA-themed service activities you can do are provided below. Don’t feel limited to these options — remember that ANY service hours you have (doesn’t have to be in FBLA), will count!
March of Dimes: FBLA-PBL’s National Community Service Partner. Resources to conduct below activities located here.
Host an awareness event for Prematurity Awareness Month in November
Conduct a chapter March for Babies fundraising walk
Any other fundraiser for March of Dimes: miracle minutes, coin-raisers, etc.
Lead2Feed: FBLA-PBL National Partner, offers a free leadership & service-learning curriculum that classrooms and chapters can use to get started! Learn more about it here.
Have you heard about the FBLA Financial Literacy Initiative, a program of the National Treasurer’s Council? Check it out here! After learning about personal finance, consider sharing this knowledge by:
Hosting a financial reality fair!
Giving financial literacy presentations to local elementary/middle schools
Your FBLA Connect team wishes you the best of luck in achieving your CSAs, and we can’t wait to see the world-changing impact your individual (and chapter) service work will generate. Don’t forget to let us know how your service goes, and even submit to be featured on Tomorrow’s Business Leader!