What Does Participation Look Like?
Participating in this event looks like… FUN! And the only requirement for getting in on that fun is being 14-21 and willing to mentor a competitor (who just so happens to be different… you know like how each of your other friends are different in their own unique way).
Ok, there are a few other requirements. For example, we do expect you to be present and put forth your best effort at each portion of the event that takes place during the 1-day event. The good news? You get $100 just for having fun, meeting a new friend, showing up, and helping them train to victory!
Sounds great right?! Here is how it works…
First, sign up at school!
Your school will provide you with the required paperwork for signing up as a peer mentor for this event. it is important that you complete and return ALL required paperwork by August 27th.
Second, go through orientation!
The event takes place on September 6th, so don’t be absent! At 9 am, you will attend Peer Mentor Orientation at Leon High School. At orientation, we will just be going over your role as a peer mentor. You will learn about your responsibilities and obligations. We will talk to you about the best way to train and support your competitor. And we will answer any questions you may have.
Third, meet your competitor!
Immediately following your orientation, we will bring in the competitors and you will get to meet the competitor you are assigned to. This is a chance for you to get to know one another and we will help you do that with a fun activity. We will be choosing 3 tasks for you to help your competitor to learn and the two of you will work together to choose another 2 tasks from the list. These are the tasks that will be at the different business workstations that you will help your competitor compete at. It is your job to help your competitor not only learn these 5 skilled tasks, but also become REALLY REALLY good at them. They will be competing against other competitors on the same tasks. The competitor who can do the task the fastest and/or the most accurate has a chance at winning prizes! Which means, their mentor also has a chance to win a prize… because YOU ARE A TEAM!
Fourth, train with your Competitor!
The business workstation will be setup by the time your meeting is over and then you can go out and explore the area to find the different stations you are assigned to. You have one hour to train at each of your five stations, so use your time wisely! During training, you can help your competitor learn the tasks in anyway you need to. If you need to demonstrate, or use hand-over-hand assistance, you are able to do this during training. Representatives from each business will also be there to help demonstrate and let your team know if your competitor needs improvements.
We will tell you whether the task will be judged on speed, accuracy/quality, or both. This will help you know how to train the best. We will also have a breakdown of each task to help you teach your competitor in small actionable steps. We call this break down “task analysis.”
Before the competition, we will greet everyone with a welcome speech. This speech should get you pumped up to win! But, it will also tell you rules, your responsibilities, etc. After this, the competition begins!!!
This is where you will help your competitor follow your workstation schedule, in order, to make sure you compete in all 5 of your tasks. You can cheer for your teammate and verbally coach them through difficult parts from the sidelines, but you cannot help any other way (especially physically doing a task). Do your best to train them and coach them through… top winners of the day will get prizes!
After you get through all of your team’s tasks, turn in your workstation schedule back at the same table you checked in. You and your competitor will each be given a post-event questionnaire to fill out. It will be similar to the pre-event questionnaires you each completed at registration. Answer it honestly and to the best of your ability. Offer your competitor assistance if you see them struggling. They may need help reading the questionnaire or understanding how to answer. Afterward, you are welcomed to explore the different business tables and meet other teams. When everyone has finished competing, we will enjoy lunch and an award ceremony.
What sort of tasks could businesses have at their workstations?
Mechanic Shop: Change a tire, Check a tire for holes, Patch a tire, Take apart and put back together a simple part.
Grocery Store: Stock shelves, Bag groceries, Scan items, Accepting cash and making change
Office: Alphabetize paperwork, File 10 items, Sort uncollated copies, Prepare packets
Restaurant: Roll silverware, Bus and clean tables, Take a food order, Serve food, Clean menus.
Farm: Move/stack small square hay bales, Repair fence, Paint barn wood,
Why Should You Participate?
- Get $100 Stipend just for participating (think of it as getting paid to be a mentor, trainer, and coach)
- Make new friends/connections with your competitor and other competitors/peer mentors
- Gain a new skill to showcase on your resume and applications (mentoring)
- Show businesses that you are a fantastic potential job candidate who has the ability to lead and train people
- Win prizes when your team (you and your competitor are a team!) competes against other teams
- Earn bragging rights when you take home a prize (because we know your team will bring it!)!
REGISTER BY AUGUST 27TH!
THIS EVENT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY
This event is sponsored by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation