How To Start A DECA Chapter

DECA works with you to make your job easier and your curriculum more interesting by providing programs, projects and classroom activities that help develop students’ leadership, career and social skills.

The following is a suggested sequence for organizing a new chapter:

  1. Recruit interested students: A minimum of 10 students and one advisor are all that you need to start a chapter.
  2. Meet with the appropriate school administrator: After determining student interest, meet with the appropriate administrator from your school to make your DECA presentation.Include the following key points:

    DECA is a co-curricular program.

    DECA enhances students learning experiences.

    DECA helps provide skills they will need for life.

    DECA is an international student association.

    DECA activities provide opportunities to develop career interests and practical
    job skills, develop leadership abilities, understand and appreciate civic responsibility and ethical values.

    DECA provides opportunities for student and school recognition through its Competitive Events Program, leadership development programs, and extensive scholarship program.

  3. Contact Oregon DECA by sending an email to  Please include all relevant contact details (e.g. school name, chapter advisor name, mailing address, email address, phone number, fax number, and any other relevant contact information.) Oregon DECA will follow up with information and materials to help assist you and will also ensure that DECA Headquarters sends along materials and information.
  4. Oregon DECA will then schedule a time to visit on the phone about next steps, answer questions, and assist as you get your chapter going.  Your name and email address will also be sent to Chris Young, Assistant Director at DECA Headquarters.  Chris sends out regular emails with helpful tips and pointers for new chapter advisors.
  5. Start planning meetings and activities

If you are interested in starting a DECA Chapter request that a Chapter Starter Kit be sent to you.

This is how we do DECA

New Chapter Advisors, download this guide book that focuses on these topics:

  • About DECA
  • DECA Connects 
  • Comprehensive Learning Program
  • Advisor’s Role
  • Chapter Strategy
  • Gaining Support
  • Cool Ideas
  • Go! List