New Advisors: How to Form a Chapter

Congratulations! You've made the decision to become a SkillsUSA Advisor. You are starting on a journey that is bound to offer many rewards for you and your students. SkillsUSA members develop into well-rounded people. There are a few basic steps to follow when starting a new chapter. Many of the resources you may need can be found right here on the SkillsUSA Web site or check out the national website at: www.skillsusa.org

One of the most important things to remember is to help your students to learn an effective planning process for carrying out activities, and to let students take the lead on planning and carrying out your events. They will learn and grow as they carry out their calendar of events.

Where do I begin with all of this information?

To keep you from being overwhelmed with information and questions, we recommend that you contact your state office. We can provide you with step-by-step information, a membership kit and even schedule classroom visits. Also, contact the state office to be connected to an Advisor mentor who can assist you with your program.

How do I get my students excited about joining SkillsUSA?

Even for an experienced SkillsUSA Advisor, this can be a challenging task. Scheduling a visit, from our office, with a State Officer is often a great way to allow your students to see a “peer” who is involved and benefiting from being a member. Contact the state office for information about scheduling a classroom visit.

How do I make time for SkillsUSA when I’m too busy teaching?

There are many responses to these types of inquiries. SkillsUSA’s Professional Development Program (PDP) covers 84 Employability Skills—many are the same competencies that maybe required by your school district.  Additionally, SkillsUSA does not have to be an “after school” activity. Many of our Advisors have found creative ways to incorporate SkillsUSA activities into classroom instruction. Our office would be happy to connect you with an Advisor Mentor who can help!

Checklist for New Chapters

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