The ACE Mentor Program is open to any high school student who has the curiosity and drive to learn about a career in design and construction — from contracting and engineering to architecture and landscaping.

SUMMARY OF VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES

MENTOR-LED ACTIVITIES

This site is a collection of  industry-related information, including career pathways, professional development and mentor-directed student activities.

SELF-DIRECTED ACTIVITIES

This site is a collection of  industry-related information, including career pathways, professional development, post-secondary preparation, alumni information, and self-directed student activities.

SELF-DIRECTED ACTIVITIES

This is an opportunity for students to receive information on professional development and industry careers through short, prerecorded webinars and activities that can be completed from home.

COMPREHENSIVE DIRECTORY

This catalog is a comprehensive directory of the Mentor Resources, Student Resources, and ACE @ Home. It will also include recordings of the many sessions that have been made available to ACE students over the summer.

VIRTUAL WEBINARS + AFFILIATE MEETINGS

ACE National held an all affiliate webinar focused on Alumni and Internships on November 5, 2020.  The meeting agenda included an overview of sponsor internship programs, including tips from ACE Chicago on their affiliate internship programs and an overview of alumni management from ACE Greater New York.

TOTAL VIDEO DURATION: APPROX. 46 Mins

0:00 Introduction
04:30 Sponsor Internship Programs
11:11 Affiliate Internship Programs
25:13 Alumni Management
35:00 Q+A

- ALUMNI AND INTERNSHIPS WEBINAR SLIDES (.PDF)

- ALUMNI AND INTERNSHIPS Q&A (.PDF)

ACE National held an all affiliate webinar focused on National Programs on October 22, 2020.  The meeting agenda included an overview of national systems and materials, the 2021 CIRT National Design Competition, including tips from ACE Central Iowa on their best practices regarding the competition,  an overview of the CMiC Allen Berg Memorial Scholarship and Outstanding Mentor program.

TOTAL VIDEO DURATION: APPROX. 48 Mins

0:00 Introduction
07:23 2021 CIRT National Design Competition
12:35 CIRT Competition Best Practices
23:20 CMiC Scholarships
37:15 Outstanding Mentors
44:10 Q+A

- ANNUAL NATIONAL PROGRAMS WEBINAR SLIDES (.PDF)

ACE National held an all affiliate webinar focused on Financial Management on October 8, 2020.  The meeting agenda included an overview of financial tools, budgets and updated insurance information from ACE National, presentations from (2) affiliates on their best practices regarding the financial operations of an affiliate and compliance & record keeping.

TOTAL VIDEO DURATION: APPROX. 1 Hour 14 Mins

0:00 Financial Overview | ACE Tools
05:40 Greater Philadelphia - Financial Operation of an Affiliate
24:35 Northeast Florida - Compliance (P&L: Financial Record Keeping)
50:30 Budgets - Insurance Overview
55:35 Q&A

- FINANCIALS WEBINAR SLIDES (.PDF)

- FINANCIALS WEBINAR Q + A (.PDF)

ACE National held an all affiliate webinar focused on Mentor Training on September 10, 2020.  The meeting agenda included an update on affiliate pages & compliance and presentations from (2) affiliates on their best practices for affiliate administration, parental consent forms and background checks.

TOTAL VIDEO DURATION: APPROX. 55 min

0:00 Intro
04:50 Affiliate Pages & Compliance
25:05 San Francisco Bay Area - Affiliate Admin Best Practices
37:05 Portland, OR - Parental Consent Forms + Background Checks
48:50 Q&A

- AFFILIATE MANAGEMENT + DATABASE WEBINAR SLIDES (.PDF)

- AFFILIATE MANAGEMENT + DATABASE WEBINAR Q + A (.PDF)

ACE National held an all affiliate webinar focused on Fundraising on August 21, 2020.  The meeting agenda included an update on virtual events for the fall, fundraising 101, an overview of the ACE Day of Action and fundraising examples from (2) affiliates.

TOTAL VIDEO DURATION: APPROX. 63 min

0:00 Virtual Events
07:10 Fundraising 101
12:08 ACE Day of Action 2020
15:44 Austin, TX Fundraising
27:67 Boston, MA Fundraising
44:15 Q&A

- FUNDRAISING WEBINAR SLIDES (.PDF)

- FUNDRAISING WEBINAR Q&A (.PDF)

ACE National held an all affiliate webinar focused on Virtual Fall Planning on August 13, 2020.  The meeting agenda included an update on compliance for the fall and a showcase of national virtual resources and sample curriculum plans from 2 affiliates.

TOTAL VIDEO DURATION: APPROX. 63 min

0:00 Compliance
10:04 National Resources
16:25 Raleigh Curriculum
30:17 Philadelphia Curriculum
41:39 Q&A

- FALL PLANNING WEBINAR SLIDES (.PDF)

- FALL PLANNING WEBINAR Q&A (.PDF)

ACE VIRTUAL REGIONAL MEETINGS 2020 | JULY 29, 2020

2020 VIRTUAL REGIONAL MEETINGS RECORDED LIVE ON JULY 29, 2020

ACE National held a series of Virtual Regional Meetings on July 29, 2020.  The meeting agenda included an update on board directed plans for the fall and a showcase of virtual tools and resources for upcoming curriculum planning.

TOTAL VIDEO DURATION: APPROX. 70 min

0:00 Regional Meeting Presentation
38:18 Northeast Q&A
48.19 Southeast Q&A
55:09 Central Q&A
1:04:21 West Q&A

- ACE VIRTUAL REGIONAL MEETING SLIDES (.PDF)

- ACE VIRTUAL REGIONAL MEETING NOTES (.PDF)

- ACE VIRTUAL REGIONAL MEETING Q&A (.PDF)

ALL-AFFILIATES VIRTUAL MEETING 2020 | JUNE 24, 2020

ACE ALL-AFFILIATES VIRTUAL MEETING RECORDED LIVE ON JUNE 24, 2020

ACE National held an All Affiliate Virtual Meeting on June 24, 2020.  The meeting agenda included an update on what has been happening in the past few months and what the current plans are for the summer and fall.

TOTAL VIDEO DURATION: APPROX. 55min
Q&A STARTS at 35min 41sec

- ALL-AFFILIATES WEBINAR SLIDES (.PDF)

- ALL-AFFILIATES Q & A

VIRTUAL MEETING PLATFORMS

The pandemic has pushed us all to become more familiar with virtual meeting technology. To assist ACE teams and affiliates, we have prepared a curated short-list of recommended virtual meeting platforms that we believe best meet our program’s needs.

Please keep in mind that not every platform will work for every affiliate or team.  When determining the best platform for your ACE program, please consider what platforms your students may already be familiar with. For example, we know that many school districts are using Office 365 Teams and GoToMeeting, both are well suited to meet the needs of a typical ACE program.

AFFILIATE COMMUNICATIONS | VIRTUAL MEETING INFORMATION

VIRTUAL RECRUITMENT

The changing landscape of recruiting has moved us to be creative in shifting our in-person strategy to a virtual platform during these times. As we pivot to recruiting online, it’s important to keep our existing messaging intact by remembering to reinforce ACE’s mission and values throughout the recruiting season.  

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS + YEAR END CELEBRATIONS

This Spring, ACE programs across the country took the time to continue to celebrate their students and their fantastic work in our program. Below are links to videos of affiliates that hosted their final presentations in a virtual format. Please take time to view them, enjoy them, be inspired by them, help us celebrate the very unique Class of 2020 and the resilience that they are building as they adapt to a new and changing world.

ACE CHARLOTTE, NC – VIRTUAL BANQUET 2020

All prerecorded and YouTube premiered

ACE CENTRAL FLORIDA – VIRTUAL PRESENTATION 2020

Recorded live w/ presentations in Zoom

VIRTUAL FUNDRAISING

Virtual fundraising is becoming more popular and commonplace today.  It offers a number of advantages over traditional fundraising approaches.   It can either complement traditional strategies or in some instances substitute them.   We will propose several different virtual fundraising techniques within this series!

ACE Conversations | Let's Chat About Fundraising!

ACE Conversations | Let’s Chat About Fundraising!

Virtual fundraising is becoming more popular and commonplace today. It offers a number of advantages ...
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ACE DAY OF ACTION + SUCCESS!

ACE DAY OF ACTION + SUCCESS!

WOW. What a great day! The first ever ACE Day of Action saw so much ...
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ACE ALUMNI STORIES | Katie Bawarski

ACE ALUMNI STORIES | Katie Bawarski

KATIE BAWARSKI, AIA, LEED AP BD+C ACE ALUMNA, MENTOR, TEAM LEADER, FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER AND ...
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JOIN US ON AUGUST 25, 2020!

We know that this has been an unpredictable year, especially when it comes to program support. ACE National has been looking for a way to assist you with your priorities and, with feedback from several affiliates, ACE Day of Action was born! The first ever ACE Day of Action (#ACEDay2020) will be an online show and tell of all the things we love about ACE – with various calls to action, based on your specific needs.

Join us on August 25, 2020 for a 24-hour campaign to kick off the new school year by raising awareness, recruiting mentors and students, and actively fundraising for direct support to affiliates – or any other need you may have. This is not a fundraiser for the ACE national office – We want to work with your affiliate to make this day a great success and fulfill your own most pressing needs this Fall. Whether you are looking to recruit students, sign up some new mentors, or grow your scholarship fund, ACE Day of Action is flexible enough to accomplish your local goals.

ACE Ventures! | The Rise of Vertical Schools in Australian Cities

ACE Ventures! | The Rise of Vertical Schools in Australian Cities

The increase in population density in urban locations and land scarcity has caused a significant ...
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STUDYING ARCHITECTURE (AND LARCH + AE) AT PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

STUDYING ARCHITECTURE (AND LARCH + AE) AT PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

 Navigating the waters of architectural education can be tricky... Hear from our own ACE ...
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ACE Ventures! | Architect of the Capitol

ACE Ventures! | Architect of the Capitol

MEET THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL! In his role, J. Brett Blanton is responsible for ...
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