Training cost typically begin around $10,000 for one school and goes up depending on number of schools, students, adults and location of the training. The cost include trainers’ salary, travel and lodging, student resources, materials, breakfast and lunch, plus continual MCEC support while program is in place.
Step One: Contact Debra Longley with MCEC at 254-953-1923 ext. 1136 or email her at Debra.Longley@MilitaryChild.Org to see if there is available MCEC funding for your school. During the conversation, she will discuss presenting to your administration.
If there is funding available, please see step two. If there is no funding available. Debra will talk with you about options for funding.
Step Two: Contact your school administration. Set up a time to present your ideas regarding S2S in your school. Things to include
Step Three: Call Debra Longley and step up training dates once approved. We typically need 2 months for planning training.
Step Four: See Training is Coming to My School section below.
Each school determines how students can get involved in S2S. Have your child contact their guidance counselor and ask for information. Your guidance counselor may not be the S2S sponsor but they will know who is. Speak with the sponsors about meeting times, future plans, and how you can get involved in the campus S2S program.
MCEC strives to have program continuant among all our schools through training and support. Please make your new school counselor aware that MCEC has them listed as an active school. Students could be given a tour and provided a friend to eat lunch with on the first day of school. If they are not given a tour, ask for one. Making connections with S2S sponsor at your school by asking for the name and email of sponsor. Each program should provide multiple ways for you new student connect.
Your child was selected to attend training because your school administration sees outstanding leadership, empathy and kindness for others in them.
Your child will learn the core values and how to establish a program in their school.
Training is two days. Times and location are provided to your school. Your school will inform you of transportation. Breakfast and lunch are served at the training., Please make sure you provide us with any food restrictions when registering. We cannot always guarantee to meet these restriction but we make all attempts. If you feel it necessary, please feed your child breakfast at home and pack a lunch. Typical food served is pizza, sub sandwiches, pastries and fruit, breakfast burritos. We will use local restaurants for food.
How much does it cost to be included in S2S? MCEC does not charge for being part of S2S. Some schools determine the need for dues. To attend training, there is no cost.
In the beginning of the school year, I noticed a young man in my English class who appeared to be a new student who was not enjoying his time at Hayfield. I observed that it was his accent that drove away some students from becoming friends with him and was why he was so lonely. I decided to be friends with this boy and show him everything this school had to offer. For me, it wasn't about his accent or his looks but his personality that brought me to become friends with him and establish a close relationship. To this day that kid has become one of my closest friends and I could never imagine my life without him. I acknowledged that without me demonstrating 100% acceptance that day, that I would not have become friends with him. It's for that reason that helped influence me to volunteer and join S2S, so that I could engage with everyone and help change others' life as he had changed mine. – Jonathan G. Hayfield High School.
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