Girl Power: Young Women Building for the Future


Girl Power: Young Women Building for the Future

Last month, the Construction Careers Foundation partnered with the YWCA Minneapolis and five Elevate Minnesota local building and construction trade unions to provide young women hands-on understanding of skilled trade career opportunities. The YWCA Minneapolis Girls in Youth program participants engaged with an all-female crew from these labor unions, introducing the girls to exciting and essential blue collar career paths. Local unions donating their time and expertise included:

  • Bricklayers (Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1)
  • Pipefitters (Pipefitter’s Local 539)
  • Painters (International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 82)
  • Electricians (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 292)
  • Carpenters (North Central Council of Carpenters)

Nearly 40 girls, ages 9-14 were paired with 30 female union volunteers, guiding GirlPower participants through activities, helping empower them to see what career possibilities may be in their future. The girls rotated through different stations throughout the day, meeting and learning from a skilled laborer from each local union.

Not only did participants get hands-on experience, they also went home with a 6×12 tile design, which they mounted and grouted themselves during the workshop. The goal was to expose the participants to the basics of trade work, while empowering them to use their hands to accomplish something meaningful. And these lucky ladies got to do just that.

Adapted from Minnesota’s CBS Local piece