ACE Mentor LogoThose of you that follow this blog are familiar with the ACE Mentor Program that connects high school students interested in architecture, construction, and engineering with industry professionals that serve as mentors.

Our Peninsula One Team within the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter has started a new year with a new group of students and we will be keeping a blog to chronicle our activities from week to week. Check out the link at:

ACE Mentor Program – Peninsula One Team

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ace_logo.jpgCheck out the article entitled, “Mentoring program pairs professionals, students” by Aïssatou Sidimé. A brief excerpt of the article follows:

The Roosevelt High School students have nicknamed Lake/Flato Architects designer Jeremy Fields “Simon” — as in the feared “American Idol” judge — for his blunt critiques of their drawings for a new, cooler cafeteria.

But the nine students don’t flinch when he points out another weakness.

“The kitchen’s in the center. What’s tough about that?” Fields said.

Responses ring out: “There’s no access to outside for food delivery!” “And trash!”

“Maybe we should move it to the outside wing. The view of the mall is not that great anyway,” suggests junior Loram Rodriguez.

It is the final moments of the first local ACE Mentorship Program, a nine-month series that pairs architects, construction professionals and engineers with students at John Jay and Roosevelt high schools. Students will present their construction plans and learn the winners of three $2,000 scholarships during a dinner May 10 at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio downtown.

“Mentoring program pairs professionals, students” by Aïssatou Sidimé.

ace-logo.jpgCheck out the article, “Pupils learn architecture’s fine points by Melvin Mason” which covers an ACE Mentoring group in Connecticut. A brief excerpt can be found below:

Shawn Lahey can see himself working on great homes some day in the future. If his advisers with the ACE Mentor Program have anything to say, he’ll be doing just that.

Two dozen high school students from Shelton and Trumbull are learning the finer points of architecture, construction and engineering, or ACE, through the program that aims to get high school students interested in architecture and related fields.

ACE mentors are local architects, interior designers, construction managers and other professionals who work with students considering a career in those fields.

Mike DeAngelis, director of the Shelton-area ACE chapter, said architecture and construction-fields need new people. In about 10 years, those fields will have about 10,000 jobs available, he said.

“They might want to be a mason, an electrician, an engineer,” he said. “We’re trying to get these kids involved.”

If you follow this blog, you know that I post frequently on the ACE Mentor program – this program matches high school students with architecture, construction, and engineering professionals. I volunteer with the ACE Mentoring Program’s San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Their are several groups within the SF Chapter and I specifically participate in the Peninsula Group.

I am attempting to post a couple pictures and a brief summary of the student activities each week at the following blog:

ACE Mentor Program – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter – Peninsula Chapter

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Check out this article entitled, “Building Trades to Engage ACE Mentor Program”. Article can found below:

The Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO has partnered with the ACE Mentor Program in an effort to encourage high school students to consider a career in the construction industry.

The ACE Mentor Program serves high school youth who are exploring careers in Architecture, Construction, or Engineering. The mentors are professionals from leading design and construction firms who volunteer their time and energy. The program is designed to engage, inform, and challenge youth.

Currently, there are over 5,400 students participating with over 1,700 mentors in 77 cities nationwide. In 2007, the program will expand into 46 states, with 73 additional locations, The program expects to have 7,500 students participating in 2007 with 2,400 mentoring firms and 4,000 individual mentors.

ace-logo.jpgCheck out the article entitled “Mentoring program helps teens engineering careers” as it highlights the ACE Mentoring Program in Portland. The first section of this article by Lauren Rubin at The Oregonian can be found below:

“As a junior at Jefferson High School in North Portland, Amin Tuffa is a long way from his home in Africa. But as a participant in the ACE Mentor Program, Tuffa is one step closer to realizing his dream of becoming a civil engineer.

“I come from Ethiopia, where they don’t have enough roads, buildings or towns,” said Tuffa, 17, who has wanted to be an engineer since he was 5. “But now I have the opportunity to realize my dream, and I will take what I learn back to Africa. To be with these people is a big deal.”

“These people” to whom Tuffa refers are the 28 architects, construction managers and engineers who have volunteered, through the ACE Mentor Program to coach 30 Portland juniors and seniors interested in careers in these fields.

“It’s giving students a taste of how professions manifest in the real world,” said Michelle Anderson, the Oregon coordinator for ACE, whose first Portland chapter opened in January, with Ed Dean of Nishkian Dean as its board chair.”

ace-logo.jpgIn December 2006 issue of “Construction Executive” magazine, I came across the following article regarding the ACE Mentor Program:

Preston H. Haskell, chairman of the Haskell Company, received the ACE Mentor Program of America Legacy Award at a recent recognition dinner held in Washington, D.C.

Individuals in the architecture, construction, and engineering industries were recognized for their commitment to mentoring and attracting youth to building-related careers. The ACE Mentor Program is a hands-on, after-school program with teams in 80 cities mentoring more than 5,000 students. Ninety-two percent of the students who participate in the program go on to college.

The Haskell Company works with students at A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology in Jacksonville, Fla.

Also receiving ACE Legacy Awards were Cesar Pelli, founding principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Charles H. Thornton, chairman of C. H. Thornton & Company and founding partner of Thornton Tomasetti.”

It is great to see industry leaders, like those mentioned above, embrace the ACE Mentor mission.