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Love helping students? DECA mentors and speakers are needed.

Love helping students? DECA judges, mentors and speakers are needed now through March.

Founded in 1946, DECA prepares high school students to be college and career ready. The program is marketing focused, but also highlights finance, hospitality and management.


Judges are needed for the DECA District XI competition to be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 starting at 8:15 am at The University of Akron in the Taylor Institute of Direct Marketing on the 5th floor of the Polsky Building. You would need to arrive by 8:15 am to register. There will be parking available attached to the building. Departure time varies from event to event. Typically you will be able to leave by 12 pm. A breakfast spread will be provided. This competition would not be possible for our students without judges like you!

Register to be a judge by clicking here.


Barberton High School is looking for mentors for 11th and 12th grade marketing students. Visits run now through March. The main objective of the mentorship is for you to work with a student on whatever competitive event area he has selected. There are over 50 competitive event areas in DECA:

Students are paired with mentors of the same interest and background. For example, if you are a financial advisor, you would be paired with a student that has chosen financial consulting as his competitive event. If you are a creative, you would be paired with a student whose project would benefit from design. If you are great at project management, you would be paired with someone on a community service project campaign.

The mentor program is flexible and works around your schedule. All levels of commitment and availability are appreciated and can be done in person or via technology.

One-off visits to work with students or to speak to the entire class are also welcome.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please complete this short form:

For questions, please contact DECA Advisor, Samantha Coldwell

330.753.1084 x25317

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