Planter-building workshop to introduce young people to skilled trades

Twenty Long Beach middle-school students will have the opportunity to receive a first-hand look at careers in the trades while brandishing hammers and working as a team to construct a planter box that will be a permanent new addition to Rosie the Riveter Park, 4900 E. Conant St., on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9am to 1pm at the park.
Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske will host the workshop in partnership with: the Sisters in the Brotherhood; Camp Fire of Greater Long Beach; the United Brotherhood of Carpenters; the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine; and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation. The participants for the inaugural workshop were recruited by Camp Fire of Greater Long Beach. The public is invited to come out to the event to support the students as they work.
“Rosie’s Kids is an amazing opportunity for these students to learn by doing,” Schipske said. “Learning these skills helps young people gain confidence, build self-esteem and create something for their community that will be there for many years. We hope that Rosie’s Kids will grow and take on new projects every year, giving more and more young people a chance to learn a valuable skill while creating something for their community.”
Rosie’s Kids participants will learn how to use tools, develop and read building plans, and work together as a team to build the planter box. After a tour of the park and a history lesson on Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach from Schipske, the kids will learn from female carpenters about alternative career paths and opportunities. The program will emphasize the importance of the STEM program– science, technology, engineering and mathematics– as they learn to build with the carpenters.
“This is a terrific opportunity for young people to have a hands-on experience learning carpentry skills and through that experience, be able to consider the possibility of the skilled trades as a profession,” said Pat Williams, retired operating engineer and vice president of Blue Collar Women, an organization which encourages women to work in the building trades. “The construction-focused trades are often a ticket out of poverty and a chance at a better life for many, and a career that provides a well-paying job.”
For more information, call Schipske’s office at (562) 570-6932 or visit lbrosie.com .

Source: Schipske’s office

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