National Week of Service

May 6-12, 2018

As part of their annual program of work, SkillsUSA asks all chapters to conduct and promote a community-service project during the National Week of Service, May 6-12, 2018. This helps commemorate the founding of SkillsUSA (May 8, 1965).

It’s Time to “Show Off Your Skills”!

This year SkillsUSA’s National Service Week is taking inspired service to the next level by recognizing the ingenuity of SkillsUSA chapters with the “Show Off Your Skills” challenge. That’s right! It’s time to show off your skills while competing for chapter-building grants up to $10,000. Thanks to the generosity of sponsor Stanley Black & Decker, one chapter will have the opportunity to win a grant of $10,000 with four other finalists receiving grants of $4,000 each. Additionally, the state association from the winning chapter will receive a $2,500 grant as incentive for encouraging chapters throughout their state to participate.

The best part is, it’s easy. All chapters have to do is plan a community service project that showcases the skills your students are learning every day in the classroom and produce a 60-second video for social media highlighting the project and specific trade skills used. There are no limits to video creativity as long as chapters clearly identify how their skills were used in service to others.

Contest entries will be accepted from May 7 (9 a.m. EDT) until May 11 (11 p.m. EDT). Five finalists will be selected to be posted on May 14 for a community-wide vote via social media to determine the grand prize winner. The winner will be announced on May 18 with an awards presentation at the winning school the following week. Download the full guidelines.

Steps to enter

Step 1: Students
Students must register with a home address for your free Show Off Your Skills T-shirt.
Deadline is May 1.

Step 2: Advisors
Advisors register their chapter for the contest
Deadline is May 1.

Step 3:
Upload your video to Youtube and submit the link anytime between May 7 and May 11
(form will not be active until after 9 a.m. EDT on May 7 and will deactivate on May 11 at 11 p.m. EDT)


Carol Lowery, Project Coordinator,

We want to showcase your event!

Connect with SkillsUSA via social media by posting photos of your activities online. Advisors should email a brief description of their chapter’s events to Gayle Silvey at In return, we’ll send the chapter advisor or officer a SkillsUSA logo gift item valued at $15 to say thanks.

Publicize Your Event Locally with our Media Guide

To locate media resources for your community, including contact information for area newspapers, television and radio stations, use our SkillsUSA Advocacy Site. Go to the site, click on Media, enter your zip code and then click on Local Media. Click on the links to see full contact information for each media outlet.