July 9, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Philadelphia, PA – With school out in Philadelphia, 18 girls in junior high and high school are going to summer camp to learn building-trades skills.
At Camp MAGIC (Mentoring a Girl in Construction), run by the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, they visit union apprentice training centers, including painters, drywall finishers, steam fitters, bricklayers, and electricians, and learn basic skills, such as making toolboxes at the carpenters' training center in Northeast Philadelphia. The program also introduces the girls to labor unions. “I didn't know a lot about unions,” said Ashley Hawk of Pottstown, who will start 7th grade in the fall, but the program made her enthusiastic. “It’s not just a job,” she explained. “It's a career. And you are getting a family too—union brothers and sisters.” Read more