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October 18, 2019

New Fundraiser is ‘Double Good’

Double Good Popcorn is a newly approved fundraising program for SkillsUSA chapters. This online platform sells gourmet popcorn and seeks to make fundraising simple and effective.

The fundraising company began working with SkillsUSA Illinois in the middle of last year, and four other state SkillsUSA associations have since partnered to pilot fundraisers as well. Since then, it has helped chapters raise thousands of dollars.


Unlike some fundraisers that require a lot of hard work, time or dedication of advisors and student members, Double Good seeks to make fundraising easy. Chapter advisors can set up a fundraiser online and provide a code to their student members to join. Members then set up online stores and share out their link (by social media, personal text or flier) to sell Double Good’s popcorn. They have four days to sell as much as they can.


Once the fundraiser is over, the chapter will receive a check for 50% of all sales. Chapters never have to handle money nor touch the popcorn; it is shipped directly to the buyer. The chapter can use these funds to attend SkillsUSA conferences, chapter activities or pay membership dues. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the national and state SkillsUSA associations to help fund future member services.


When advisors sign up through an email or at SkillsUSAFundraising.com, they will automatically be sent a sample package of popcorn with steps on how to get started. Double Good can also provide resources to help promote this program such as fliers, postcards, email blast information and social medial content. Contact Courtney Psinas (309-202-2576/courtney@skillsusafundraising.com) for more information.


Who’s Ready for a New T-Shirt?

The SkillsUSA Store has a new T-shirt with this year’s theme, “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, I’m Ready.” Don’t miss an opportunity to purchase a 2019-2020 themed T-shirt!


To place an order or if you have any questions, contact Kim DeVenuto at 703-674-5454 or kdevenuto@egroupengage.com.


Nominations Open for Inaugural Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced a call for nominations for the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award. This award was established May 2 by the President's Executive Order on America's Cybersecurity Workforce. The U.S. Department of Education created the award in consultation with the deputy assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the National Security Council and the National Science Foundation.


See the press release and blog below:


The nomination period is now open (coinciding with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month) and will close Jan. 31, 2020. For the rules, terms and conditions and specifics on how to apply, please visit here. Information on the executive order is available here.


Membership Incentive Time — Register by Nov. 15

Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways to demonstrate to students the opportunities that membership provides. Professional members receive online access to the following as a no-cost member benefit. To receive these, instructors must submit membership and provide an email address: 2019 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards, Jump into STEM! curriculum and SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations.


Once membership is submitted, an email will be sent with a PIN to access the items electronically.


As a special membership incentive, those who register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive a free educational resource item, Critical Thinking at Work (value $9.95). Instructors who register with 100-percent membership (all students in their program) plus one or more professionals will also receive a SkillsUSA Program of Work calendar (value: $5.95).


Visit www.skillsusa-register.org to register yourself and student members. If you or any chapter advisors need assistance with SkillsUSA membership or registration, hotline operators are ready to answer questions about starting a new chapter, ways to engage chapter members or strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. Operators are on call 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday (Eastern time). To reach the hotline, call 844-875-4557 or email operators@skillsusa.org. You can also chat online on the membership registration site.


World Series of Innovation Competition Open to Young Entrepreneurs

World Series of Innovation is an online, project-based competition sponsored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Young innovators from across the globe are encouraged to enter the competition every fall and compete for cash prizes.


In the competition, small teams of young entrepreneurs (age 13-24) create business solutions that align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and answer a special challenge posed by an entity from the private sector. Some teams compete independently, some are affiliated with schools or youth development organizations, and some undertake a challenge as a guided classroom project.


Educators who are interested in using the World Series of Innovation in the classroom or encouraging student participation as an extracurricular enrichment opportunity can access a robust toolkit that provides additional resources for students and teachers. Visit https://innovation.nfte.com/ now to read more about the winners of the Spring 2019 challenges recently completed.


Students Eligible for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Honor some great young volunteers in your school. Applications are now open for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, honoring students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.


Now in its 25th year, this program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, provides an opportunity to celebrate young volunteers throughout your student body and generate positive publicity for your school. It also gives one or more of your students the chance to win state and national awards.


Here’s how it works:

  • Promote: Ask students who have volunteered over the past year to apply for a 2020 award at spirit.prudential.com or nassp.org/spirit. Student application deadline: Nov. 5, 2019.
  • Select: Then, you can certify top applicants for state-level judging on behalf of your principal. Certification deadline: Nov. 15, 2019. Qualifying certified applicants will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award and will be eligible to earn a $1,000 scholarship or more, a medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., next spring for four days of special recognition events.
  • Celebrate: State-level honorees will be announced in February 2020. In the meantime, your school can recognize top applicants for their volunteer service and hold them up as role models for their peers by presenting them with Prudential Spirit of Community Award certificates.


Your principal should already have received an information packet on the 2020 awards. If you need another packet, or if you need a paper application, please call 888-651-2951. Program details are also available at: www.spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit.