WHFAA / Sikorsky Mentorship Partnership
Under the Guidance of WHFAA VP Ed Francis, ’69 (Gridiron Capital, Partner), WHHS and Sikorsky
have created a mutually beneficial relationship. The WHHS Students, starting with the football
team, but expanding through the campus, are benefitting from the experiences of these young
professionals from Sikorsky. Many of whom are barely 5 to 6 years older than our students. They
are able to share their life and educational experiences, and give the High School students the
benefit of that experience and how it impacts their life choices. In return, the students give the
Sikorsky mentors a sense of community. Many of these mentors are young adults, displaced from
other areas of the country and in unfamiliar surroundings. Getting involved in the local community
enables them to establish roots and helps Sikorsky maintain talent.
Sikorsky Mentors meet with students both during and after school. They have partnered at fundraising events such as the Fill the Helmet Campaign and are regulars at the Friday night home football games.