Through SkillsUSA’s Student2Student Program, chapters are able to connect with younger students in elementary or middle school over a period of time by facilitating the Jump into STEM! curriculum at their school. Through the facilitation of lessons from the curriculum, chapters can introduce younger students to the diversity of careers within the STEM field and help the students explore STEM careers that align with their own interests and talents. For SkillsUSA members working with elementary and middle school students, Jump into STEM! provides an open door to recruitment for high school career and technical education (CTE) programs. The goal of this program is to ultimately encourage more young people to pursue STEM education and careers.
Jump into STEM! is a member benefit for all paid professional members of SkillsUSA. Ask your advisor for access to Jump into STEM!, which is located on the SkillsUSA Absorb Learning Management System.
The Student2Student Program chapter guide (which can be found under downloads) is designed to be a step-by-step guide for chapters interested in bringing the Student2Student Program to an elementary or middle school. By following the steps in this chapter guide, chapters can successfully implement the program and ultimately help a group of younger students discover and explore the possibilities of STEM careers. SkillsUSA members should lead and facilitate the program for younger students with the support of the chapter advisor.
Each year, SkillsUSA recognizes the achievements of chapters that facilitate the Jump into STEM! curriculum to younger students through the Student2Student Program. SkillsUSA will recognize the highest-achieving chapter that:
- Identifies and demonstrates which Essential Element of the SkillsUSA Framework they achieved through participating in the program.
- Develops rich SMART goals based on Essential Element growth and activity implementation.
- Facilitates meaningful sessions from SkillsUSA’s Jump into STEM! curriculum with younger students; it is recommended that the chapter facilitate sessions at least twice per month for at least three months.
- Builds relationships with younger students that facilitates career exploration.
- Demonstrates how the program was impactful for both chapter members and the younger students they mentored
To be eligible for recognition, SkillsUSA chapters in the middle school, high school or college/postsecondary division must facilitate Jump into STEM! with local elementary or middle school students during the current school year. Entries must be submitted here to the national headquarters by Apr. 1, 2022.
The winning chapter for the Student2Student Program will be announced in April and recognized with a press release, a social media post and an article on SkillsUSA Champions digital hub. The winning chapter will be invited to receive their award during the National Leadership and Skills Conference recognition session and present their winning program as a SkillsUSA University educational session. The winning chapter receives a plaque, $250 of SkillsUSA’s educational resources and a $500 stipend for the chapter advisor and a student to attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Student2Student Chapter Grant
For the 2021-22 school year, SkillsUSA has five, $200 chapter grants via Lowe’s gift cards for chapters to purchase supplies for facilitation of the Student2Student Program. Please see here for the grant application and requirements. A request for a chapter grant must be submitted by Dec. 1, 2021. Chapter grants will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
Information and Resources
For questions or additional information, contact Tyler Chaffin, Program Manager of Student Initiatives, at email@example.com.