UNM-Gallup has been selected to host the Fall Service Learning and Leadership Conference of SkillsUSA New Mexico. The Conference will take place from Saturday, October 11 – Monday, October 13 and will involve 150-200 students enrolled in career technical education programs across the state.
SkillsUSA brings together students, teachers and industry representatives into a partnership of education, support and preparation for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. Using an applied method of instruction, students are prepared to be high performance workers through education in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. An emphasis is placed on self-confidence, work attitudes, communication skills, high ethical standards and work skills, pride in work dignity and education as a life-long process. The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. Each year more than 300,000 students join SkillsUSA.
The students attending the Fall Service Learning & Leadership Conference will be participating in “Project Helping Hands” through involvement in the following projects:1) Veterans Helping Veterans – The local veterans support group recently acquired a building that will give members a place to meet, eat and celebrate life. SkillsUSA New Mexico students will assist in renovation of the new building.
2) Playground of Dreams – This wooden playground was constructed one board at a time by community members nearly 20 years ago. Through “Project Helping Hands” the wood will be sanded, sealed and painted so children can continue to play safely.
3) Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home – Committed to making a difference one child at a time, the Manuelito Children’s Home has been specializing the care of Native American children since 1959, and will have its gym ceiling reinforced by SkillsUSA New Mexico students.