Student 2 Student and Junior Student 2 Student and Elementary Student 2 Student
Most military-connected students move six to nine times during their school years. Feeling like the perpetual “new kid” can be stressful – just finding someone to eat lunch with can make a difference. MCEC offers student-centered and student-led programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels to ease transitions, and create a positive environment.
Student 2 Student® (S2STM)
Encouraging 100% acceptance is a hallmark of this successful program that brings military-connected and civilian kids together. The group welcomes incoming students to their new school, and helps departing students prepare for their next school. An intensive training program conducted under the close supervision of a teacher or school counselor, S2S flourishes in high schools across the country and overseas.
“S2S has made me a more caring person, one who can see and feel what others are experiencing. I have loved being a part of FWBHS and it is a large part of who I am. I know that if I do the right thing in S2S that other kids, just like me, will feel like they have come home and they belong.”
Sarah, 11th Grade, Fort Walton Beach High School, FL
Junior Student 2 Student® (JS2STM)
Building on the success of S2S, the MCEC Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S) program is for middle school students, addressing the needs of a vulnerable age group.
Elementary student 2 StudentTM (ES2S)
Even the youngest students encounter challenges with transition. Elementary Student 2 Student models service and leadership, and engages younger students as peer leaders under faculty direction.
Belton ISD Initiatives for Military Students and Families
Rutherford High School Student 2 Student Club Video
- Because I Said I Would
The students at Rutherford High School are making an impact on their school community through their MCEC Student 2 Student Program. The students reference the movement "Because I Said I Would" created by Alex Sheen. Check out the website at www.becauseisaidiwould.com.
Published on Sep 30, 2014
Rutherford High School is located in Panama City, Florida. Our club's focus was inspired
by Alex Sheen's presentation at the 2014 National Training Seminar this past July.
Click here to see the highlights.
S2S and JS2S Newsletters
The MCEC Student 2 Student (S2S) program trains civilian and military-connected high school students to establish and sustain peer-based programs in their schools to support mobile children as they transition to and from the school.
Click here to read Student 2 Student Defining Moments.
Building on this successful program, the MCEC Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S) program is for middle school students, addressing the needs of a vulnerable age group.
The Student 2 Student Initiative includes the high school Student 2 Student (S2S) and the middle school Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S)programs. Each meets very real transitioning student needs with:
- Immediate peer credibility
- Positive peer relationships
- Valued information about the school and the community
A delegation from the school is trained to return to their home campus to provide leadership to support students who are transitioning to or from their school. The team is composed of advisors and students. The focus is student-centered, and is student-led, with close supervision. The development of student trainers who can return to their home campus to train other peers is critical to the success and credibility of the program.
Three researched-based modules are used for this training:
- Academics: (Requirements, Processes, Access) e.g., Test Assessments, Progress Reporting, Programs and Opportunities, Enrichment Support
- Relationships: (Acceptance, Attributes, Friendships) e.g., Faculty/staff, Groups, Organizations, Peers, Local, On/off Campus
- Finding the way: (Attention, Orientation, Appreciation) e.g., The Community, the Campus, the Culture, Rules/Policies, School Documents, Structures
The researched-based modules incorporate planning, technology, resources, goal setting, support systems, and elements of transitioning in and out of the campus. Through the training, the team develops well-prepared local lesson plans and clear team assignments for implementation at their home campuses.
Current List of Sites by State
Military-Connected StudentsTeaching Educators
The following criteria was given to our S2S groups in October, 2013.
Selected student videos may be used as a teaching tool for educators
and reflect the needs and stressors of military-connected students.
Student selected from the list below:
• What’s different about a military-connected student’s life?
• Why are teachers important to a military-connected student?
• How can a teacher mentor a military-connected student in the classroom and influence them for life?
• How can a teacher effectively communicate with a military-connected student in the classroom?
• How can a teacher motivate a military-connected student to become a teacher?
Top three winners, $1,000 each
New Tech High School
Prince George High School
Arundel High School
Fourth place winners, $500 each
Vicenza High School
"What's Different About a Military-Connected Student's Life?"
Goose Creek High School
Stacey High School
Union Pines High School
Cibola High School
Steilacoom High School
E.J. King High School