Friday, January 20, 2012

Students, Community Gather for First Student 2 Student Council Day

S2S Student Council Day More than 70 students, staff and community members involved with Student 2 Student (S2S) clubs in San Diego County came together January 7 to share best practices and energize school programs at the first-ever Student 2 Student Council Day.

The S2S Council Day offered teams the opportunity to exchange ideas and strategies. Teams learned from each other’s presentations and brainstormed long-term goals and plans for future program improvement. Students from Pt. Loma and Serra high schools were among the attendees.

S2S clubs help students face the daunting experience of changing schools. Team members offer incoming students a forum to quickly feel welcomed, included, and accepted into their new school community. Student tours, welcome packets, and social gatherings during the school year help to diminish the stress and uncertainty of the first days and weeks at a new school. Friendships often start with S2S.

The Navy and Marine Corps School Liaisons partnered with the San Diego Unified School District to present the event, which was made possible by the collaborative outcome of the Department of Defense Education Activity’s Operation Student Success Grant (OSS).

S2S is a powerful high school program designed by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). Students and staff receive extensive training from MCEC to customize an individualized program for implementation at school sites.

For more information on S2S and MCEC, please contact Kimberly Shapazian in the Office of Children and Youth in Transition at or (619) 725-8168.