SAFE Mentoring (and STEM Grants)

If you need a stunning testimonial to the effectiveness of STEM programs and the SAFE Mentoring program, just look at the amazing growth and success of Astronaut Eric Boe. He was only 13 when he attended a 10-week STEM program at Fernbrook Science Center in Atlanta and got excited about aviation. This program sparked his interest and that flame was fanned by the Mentoring of SAFE member Debbie Hoffman. Eric became a USAF Colonel and ultimately a NASA Astronaut flying the last mission in Space Shuttle Discovery. Eric credits STEM and SAFE Mentoring for igniting his aviation passion and helping influence his ultimate career choice. How many young aviators started the same way? We need every one of them in the expanding aviation field. Join and support the SAFE Mentoring Group!

SAFE has just awarded 14 STEM Grants to K-12 school teachers all over the country who have applied to this program. The SAFE Board of Directors voted to double the number of award winners this year. This newly expanded program is over 10 years old.

The SAFE Mentoring Program recently switched to a more accessible Facebook format with over 30 new Mentors signing on to help in the last month. (Many of these Mentors are 30-50 year CFIs and the group even includes several DPEs) The SAFE Board of Directors voted to open this program up to ALL CFIs (and those working on this certificate). Visit (and join) the new SAFE Mentoring Connection Group. (one recent Mentor joining has recommended over 250 successful CFIs for their certificates!) If you have a Facebook account and the experience to help Mentor, feel free to apply HERE. Fly safely out there (and often)!

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Join SAFE and get great benefits. You get 1/3 off ForeFlight and your membership supports our mission of increasing aviation safety by promoting excellence in education.  Our FREE SAFE Toolkit App puts required pilot endorsements and experience requirements right on your smartphone and facilitates CFI+DPE teamwork. Our newly reformulated Mentoring Program is open to every CFI (and those working on the rating) Join our new Mentoring FaceBook Group.

Author: David St. George

SAFE Director, Master CFI (12X), FAA DPE, ATP (ME/SE) Currently jet charter captain.

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  1. I know Eric from Atlanta. His father would spend Thanksgiving at our house while he was in space.

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