Are you a social entrepreneur or innovator looking to be part of a dynamic community?
Do you love meeting new people and solving new problems every day? Would you exchange eight hours a week for a fantastic free workspace?
If the answer to these questions is a resounding “YES!” then the DECA program is perfect for you.
WHAT IS A DECA?
To literally spell it out, DECA stands for:
Desk (the welcome desk of one of the CSI locations)
Exchange (you volunteer in exchange for unlimited desk hours and 10 meeting room hours)
Community (you are the heart of the CSI community)
Animator (you are a connector of ideas and people)
So a “DECA” is someone who welcomes people as they arrive at a CSI building. They are the first faces people see when they arrive at a CSI location, and they set the tone for the rest of that experience.
WHY BECOME A DECA?
No pressure, but DECAs are the glue that keeps the CSI community together. This program is perfect for anyone wanting to learn about social innovation by immersing themselves in it. CSI is a network of networks with over 2,500 members. On any given day you could meet someone who will change your life. Some DECAs have gone on to start their own companies. Others have joined organizations working out of CSI. A handful have even become full-time CSI staff.
WHO BECOMES A DECA?
DECAs are diverse in every way. They have varied backgrounds including race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, age, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, ability and religion. But they all have excellent customer service, organization, communications, and problem solving skills. (And an commitment to approaching tasks with sincerity, care, fun and goodwill.)