The Student2Student program gives high school students the chance to serve as mentors to younger middle or elementary school students. This gives the younger students a chance to consider all sorts of career options before they reach high school. High school mentors arrange a tour of their school for the younger students. Mentors representing each training program give brief presentations on their program. The younger students spend the day with their older mentors, and receive certificates of completion at the end of the tour.
The program can be expanded into an ongoing community service project, where high school students are matched with interested middle/elementary school students based on career interests. Local business and industry can be involved, too, contributing to a positive, enriching experience for all. The younger students, perhaps for the first time, will be receiving personal and professional guidance from their older peers, as well as from other members of the community.
Everyone benefits from this important program. Business and industry gets the opportunity to positively influence its next generation of workers; high school students will gain greater self-esteem as they instruct the children; and the middle/elementary students will become more aware of their career options at an early age and will make important contacts, perhaps even important friends, to serve them in the years ahead.
Through this program, SkillsUSA is a “Commitment Maker” to General Colin Powell’s organization, America’s Promise Alliance.
America’s Promise Alliance is a national campaign chaired by General Colin Powell and designed to ensure that our nation’s youth will have access to five fundamental resources:
- A caring adult: mentor, tutor, coach
- Safe places and structured activities during nonschool hours to learn and grow
- A healthy start leading to a healthy future
- A marketable skill through effective education
- An opportunity to give back through coummunity service
SkillsUSA’s Student2Student program was created as a way for our members to participate in this organization. In fact, SkillsUSA has become a “Commitment Maker” with America’s Promise, and your involvement in the Student2Student program can help to meet the five major goals listed above.
Download our advisor’s guide, which explains how to implement this program in your school.
Learn more about America’s Promise.
Learn how your school can get national recognition for your mentoring program.