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April 21, 2017

Champions Serving Others Prepares Your Chapter for National Week of Service

SkillsUSA chapters are invited to conduct or promote a community service project during the week of May 7-13. This will help commemorate the founding of SkillsUSA as well as harness the power of combined efforts to showcase the good work being done by student members. To help you plan and carry out this event, Champions Serving Others: An Easy Guide to Community Service Projects is designed to simplify the planning and executing of a community service project. It contains documents, templates and exercises that will help you identify and carry out your project in a timely and effective manner.

The guide is based on a four-step process: Getting Started, Planning and Preparation, Implementation, and Evaluation and Celebration. Below are two sample activities from the Getting Started process. Try these out with your students to get them involved in the process of planning a community service activity. For more activities, purchase this resource for $9.95 by visiting:

Advisors are encouraged to submit a National Week of Service project report to the national headquarters by May 15. Photos are also appreciated. Send your reports and photographs to The first 50 chapters that report their plans will receive a free item.

Retrieve It

This activity will divide the students into three different groups. One group will identify benefits of community service to students; one group will identify the benefits of community service to advisors; and one group will identify the benefits of community service to the community. Using three different colors of cardstock, create enough cards for each student. One-third of the cards should have Benefits of Community Service to Students printed on them; one-third should have Benefits of Community Service to Advisors printed on them; and one-third should have Benefits of Community Service to the Community printed on them.

Scatter the cards throughout the room or a space that will allow the students to become physically active while looking for them. The cards should be partially hidden but still in view so students can find them. Give the following instructions: “When I say ‘retrieve it,’ each of you will stand up, search until you find a card, and gather with other students who also have your color card. When you are together, sit down and demonstrate silence. Who has a question? Retrieve it!”

When all groups are formed, proceed. Once the benefits of community service have been identified by the three groups, have them create a poster on flip-chart paper. Have each group report to the rest of the students and then post its paper identifying the results in the classroom.

This or That

This activity is a fun and interactive way to illustrate that students have different interests, leadership skills and preferences. For a project to be successful, students will want to work on something that is interesting to them. They will also want to achieve success. Conduct a student interest survey* (see sample at the end of this document). Have a discussion with the students to compare the results of the survey. If time permits, you may want to conduct the This or That activity. You will give the students two choices. Based on their preference or interests, they will move to one side of the room or the opposite side. An example would be if you said those who prefer red move to the right side of the room, and those who prefer blue move to the left side of the room. Another example for practice might be students who prefer tacos move to the right side of the room and those who prefer hamburgers move to the left side of the room. (If the student doesn’t like either one, he or she may remain in the middle of the room.) Select some of the items on the student interest survey, and have the students stand up and move to one side of the room or the other based on the options you present. As you conclude the activity, have a discussion about preferences and interests. Diversity is good — life would be pretty boring if everyone was interested in the same or preferred the same things.

‘Growing Leaders’ Founder to Present During Engage Training

Growing Leaders founder Dr. Tim Elmore will spend a day with SkillsUSA’s Engage training participants in June. Elmore specializes in leadership courses and speaks at schools, universities, businesses and athletic programs. He has trained thousands of leaders in partnership with nationally renowned schools and organizations.

This expert will deliver to SkillsUSA instructors the foundations of healthy leader development, with ideas for training that result in real-life changes. He will also provide steps for nurturing new leaders.

Elmore is passionate about understanding the emerging generation and helping adults teach them how to become leaders in their schools, their communities and their careers. He educates adults to help them understand the challenges and experiences today's generation faces and connect with them in a way that resonates. Elmore believes, by cultivating leadership abilities in young adults and encouraging the adults who guide them, Growing Leaders can be the catalyst for emerging generations that will truly change the world.

According to internationally recognized leadership expert John Maxwell, with whom Elmore has worked for over 25 years, "No one teaches leadership better than Tim Elmore." To learn more about Elmore and his organization, go to: Teachers participating in SkillsUSA’s Engage will have the opportunity to spend time with Elmore in a small group setting to ask questions and drill down into his teachings.

Engage will be held June 17-19 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport in Louisville, Ky. To learn more about it and how you can register, visit:

Summer’s Here! New Issue of SkillsUSA Champions Magazine

A new issue devoted to SkillsUSA champions and their exciting careers is in the mail to chapter advisors and professional members. Using their electronic devices, student members can access the new issue in responsive digital format at this link:

A lesson plan for the Summer issue can be downloaded from the home page at, including guided-reading questions and activities to help students apply the articles to their SkillsUSA experience.

Exciting MakerSpace Coming to National Conference

In celebration of this year’s National Week of Making, GE Appliances and FirstBuild will host a MakerSpace at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Ky.,June 19-23. This year’s theme will focus on “How Do I Fit In” and will include interactive exhibits to show students how their skills and passion can translate into real-life careers.

The “MakerSpace,” located in the East Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center, will feature fun and exciting opportunities to get hands-on in several maker-inspired events. Stop by to see a glowing inferno during a live flame-working demonstration, keep your egg safe during a drop test from 3 feet or higher, add your very own custom-made gear to our giant gear wall, and more! Special thanks to GE Appliances and FirstBuild for sponsoring the MakerSpace.

Fine Homebuilding Scholarship Offered in Construction Fields

Fine Homebuilding is offering a scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA high-school, college/postsecondary and alumni members studying in construction-related fields for applicants planning to continue their education in community colleges, undergraduate programs or industry certifications.

Fine Homebuilding will award five $5,000 scholarships — a total of $25,000 — to students in fields such as architectural drafting, carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical and residential wiring, HVACR, masonry, woodworking and plumbing for the 2017-18 academic year. Winners will be acknowledged at a special reception June 22 during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. An added benefit is the possibility of a travel stipend to attend the event.

Applications must be submitted by May 1. To apply, use the application at:

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation Offers Competitor Scholarship

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who have competed and placed first in their state association competition.

The scholarship provides support for SkillsUSA state-contest winners who have insufficient personal, chapter, school or community resources to participate at the 2017 SkillsUSA Championships. Several scholarships of up to $1,000 each will be awarded, based on need, to help offset the costs of travel and to participate in the national Championships. The winners may also have the opportunity to attend a luncheon with a member of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation staff during the conference.

The award is based on a student-written, one-page narrative describing the student’s financial need for the scholarship including the lack of school or community resources. The student may be nominated with a letter of recommendation written by his or her advisor or state SkillsUSA director. Applications should be sent to the national headquarters of SkillsUSA for review and determination. They must be submitted online by midnight EDT on May 26. For more information, visit:

*Self Interest Survey

(supplement to This or That activity above)

Have you participated in service projects/volunteer work prior to this project?

❑ Yes ❑ No

If so, through which channels did you participate (Check all that apply)

❑ High School/College Club/Org.

❑ Church Group

❑ Youth Group/ Scouting

❑ On your own

Of the following social issues or themes, rank them in accordance to the ones you care about most:

(1 being the most important)

_____Personality/Communication/Leadership skills

_____Economic inequality (Poverty, Homelessness)


_____Global issues (Social, Political, Economic)


_____Gender equity (Domestic violence/ abuse/neglect)

_____Senior Citizens


_____Special needs

_____Race and Identity

_____Animal Rights

_____Another option?___________________

In each of the following, check all of those that apply to you:

Most of the time, I like to be:

❑ Indoors ❑ Outdoors ❑ Close to home ❑ Far away

Most of the time, I like to be:

❑ With people ❑ On my own

Most of the time, I like to be with people who are:

❑ Elderly ❑ Young ❑ Same age as me ❑ Like me ❑ Different from me

Most of the time, I am more comfortable with:

❑ Groups ❑ Individuals

My leadership skills are:

❑ Motivating others ❑ Leading by example ❑ Working behind scenes ❑ Introverted ❑ Extroverted

❑ Creative ❑ Organized ❑ Networking ❑ Listening ❑ Public speaking ❑ Work ethic

Of all the social issues I see or hear about, the ones I care about most are:

❑ Alcohol, tobacco, or drug abuse ❑ Child welfare ❑ Senior citizen concerns ❑ Truancy

❑ Environmental pollution ❑ Endangered species ❑ Crime, gangs, violence ❑ Poverty

❑ Homelessness ❑ Hunger ❑ Nutrition and exercise/health care issues ❑ Illiteracy

❑ Teen pregnancy, sexuality, AIDS ❑ Political, economic, social injustice ❑ Unemployment ❑ Health care

❑ Other ___________________