Student2Student Mentoring Program Offers Benefits for All Ages

Student2Student logoStudent2Student Mentoring allows SkillsUSA student members to participate in the national America’s Promise Alliance program and receive chapter recognition for doing so.

America’s Promise emerged from a 1997 presidential summit, retired Gen. Colin Powell became its founding chairman, and today his wife, Alma Powell, continues as chair. Mrs. Powell’s personal story is a testament to America’s Promise’s core belief that “history is not destiny, and education builds pathways.”

Mentoring is a voluntary relationship between two people: a middle-school, high-school or college student and a younger student. The goal is to cultivate a support structure that encourages younger students to create a path for future success. Mentoring provides guidance and a positive environment in which young students can explore careers, set goals and make decisions leading to marketable skills and productive futures.

Benefits to Your Classroom
Younger students benefit by having a chance to visit one or more technical programs, see the school they may attend and learn about various careers. Mentors develop self-confidence as they demonstrate what they are learning in their training programs. The school is showcased to the community, and specific training programs can even recruit future students.

Recognition for Chapters
SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition program based on Student2Student mentoring. The program recognizes excellence by selecting the chapter that best exemplifies the purposes and goals of Student2Student. The winning chapter has the opportunity to showcase its program at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., in June at a SkillsUSA University session.

Eligibility
This event is open to all SkillsUSA chapters at middle schools, high schools or colleges that are participating in a mentoring project with local elementary or middle-school students. All entries must be submitted online to the national headquarters by April 1.

For details: www.skillsusa.org/programs/mentoring-student2student/

Or contact Susanne Kahler, 703-737-0616 or skahler@skillsusa.org.