Oakland Youth in Summer Construction Job Workshops

All youth received meals and gift cards!
All youth received meals and gift cards!

On Tuesday, June 14th, a group of youth in Alameda County began a new opportunity. Through a project funded and developed by Hensel Phelps along with Redwood Resources construction awareness workshops are being provided through two consecutive 6-week series, designed for local high school students and young adults to learn about, network with, and gain insights to the construction trades! BOSS CTEC program was an instrumental collaborator in identifying some of the youth and young adults who are participants as well as providing chaperones. The CTEC program was instrumental also in providing technical resources to the students to engage in the special online forum for the youth to engage with community and government leaders as well as Hensel Phelps executives. The youth are transported from Oakland by bus to a current Hensel Phelps project in Dublin: the East County Hall of Justice.

Once onsite, the youth are given safety gear such as safety vests, hardhats, and goggles as well as being introduced to key personnel in architecture and design, general construction, electrical, plumbing, concrete and other construction and construction – related fields. They get to talk about what it means to do that work, what the day looks like, what education and training one needs to do the job and the pay and benefits of each type of job. Hensel Phelps provides dinner for the youths – one that is decided by the participants

Watching and learning!
Watching and learning!

through a private Facebook page – as well as a $20 gift card at the end of each workshop. Individuals who complete all 6 workshops will have met people from 10+ construction industries and subcontractors, have a better grasp of many aspects and options in the construction field, as well as receive a minimum of $120 in gift cards! And possibly find their career calling. 

Construction Jobs are Union Jobs. Union Jobs Build Families, Communities, and Self-Sufficiency. BOSS is so proud to be a part of this exciting and life-changing endeavor. 

If you would like to apply for the second workshop series beginning in August please Tes Ikharo at tikarho@self-sufficiency.org or call CTEC at 510-419-0669.