On an August day dipped in sun rays, Young Community Developers (YCD) and Lennar Urban partnered to host the first annual Youth Construction-Education Day. Over the course of an afternoon, 45 high school students from Bayview Hunters Point and affiliated with YCD were invited to listen to talks and speak to trade and construction professionals before being taken on a guided tour of The San Francisco Shipyard site.
Held on an actual construction site, and bringing leaders from across the construction and trade fields under one roof, the event aimed to inspire local youth interested in construction in way that was both engaging and accessible.
“The much larger vision is about exposing them to the trades in a way that’s approachable,” explained La Shon Walker, Director of Commuity Affairs at Lennar Urban. “Back in the old days, we used to have shop classes. Schools don’t have those kinds of programs any more.”
And it may just have worked.
While speaking to the SF Examiner, Raynesha Mims, 16 years old and a sophomore at Balboa High School, said she already has a goal of building a company from the ground up — literally. “I want to be able to manage and build my own building,” she explained. “I find that really interesting in how to make safer structures, so people … don’t have to worry about earthquakes and floods.”
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Photos Courtesy of Daghe + Digital.