Twenty-five young women participated in the 10th annual MyWIC Camp (Mentoring young Women In Construction) in Philadelphia from June 21-28, 2019.
The camp, formerly known as MAGIC Camp, is a free, six-day camp available to girls in 7th through 12th grade that promotes careers in the construction industry. MyWIC Camp partners with several of the local trade unions in the Philadelphia area to provide hands-on experiences in construction. The participants also meet with women in leadership roles in Philadelphia’s construction industry.
The camp included visits to different trades apprentice schools, training from construction officials, a job site tour, and a graduation ceremony with a celebrity keynote speaker:
- The Finishing Trades Institute DC 21
- Carpenters’ Apprentice School of Philadelphia & Vicinity
- Insulators and Allied Workers
- UA Local 692 Sprinkler Fitters
- IBEW Local 98
- Laborers’ District Council Local 57
- Job-Site Tour at PennFirst hosted by L.F. Driscoll & Balfour Beatty JV
- Graduation Ceremony and Celebratory Lunch with keynote speech by DIY Network’s Kayleen McCabe
Many young girls are unaware that a career in construction can be extremely fun and financially rewarding. MyWIC Camp is designed to give girls real hands-on experience to gain better knowledge of the industry. Girls experience the exhilaration of successfully performing tasks that promote leadership and team-building skills, as well as build self-confidence, self-esteem, and boost their overall self-image.
The NAWIC Philadelphia Chapter 145 hosted its first camp in 2009 and has continued to gain tremendous support and popularity since then. GBCA is proud to sponsor MyWIC Camp 2019 and encourage young women to enter the construction industry. Thanks to the organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees for a great camp!