Student Exploration Program (S.T.E.P)- Kick-off Event
We are pleased to announce the third installment of the Student Tourism Exploration Program (S.T.E.P), an initiative aimed at introducing high school students from Title 1 schools to the myriad of career opportunities within the hospitality industry. This year, the program proudly welcomes students from six Mesa high schools: Mountain View, Red Mountain, Mesa, Dobson, Westwood, and East Valley Academy, with a total of approximately 55 junior and senior students participating.
The program’s inauguration this year took place at the Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix-Mesa/Chandler on September 21st. One of the highlights of this event was the etiquette training session conducted by the respected SueAnn Brown, a specialist in her field. The session provided students with invaluable knowledge, covering essential topics such as proper handshakes, introductions, body language, appropriate dress codes, and dining etiquette.
Complementing the day’s learning experience was a three-course luncheon served to the students. SueAnn Brown continued the dining portion of the lesson, so the students were able to interactively learn proper etiquette while dining. The delicious lunch included salad, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and turtle cheesecake.
In addition to the training, the event featured several distinguished speakers who shared their insights and experiences. Among them were Marc Beasley from Mesa Public Schools, Lance Fite from Visit Mesa, and Councilmember Duff from the City of Mesa. Their presence significantly enriched the event, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the hospitality sector.
However, the journey of S.T.E.P does not end here. In the coming month, the program will introduce the students to an immersive “Meeting Planners for a Day” experience. The students will visit three different hotels, assessing each one to determine the most suitable venue for their hypothetical event. Moreover, they will gain hands-on understanding of a ‘Request for Proposal’ (RFP), a crucial component in the hospitality and event planning sector.
The third year of S.T.E.P promises to be both enlightening and engaging. The Mesa Regional Foundation for Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion remains committed to fostering opportunities for our students, and we eagerly await the achievements and growth they will undoubtedly showcase in the coming months.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact us here.