She Built This City
She Built This City mission is to provide industry disruptive programming that sparks interest and builds pathways to lucrative careers in the skilled trades for youth, women, and marginalized communities. Its vision is to dismantle barriers and stigmas in traditionally male-dominated industries through innovative, sustainable practices that prepare us for a future of jobs that have yet to be created. SBTC’s current programs and initiatives include: Trades Exploration & Builder Programs: Designed for youth aged 7 to 17, these activities provide opportunities for exploration in maker spaces that girls and marginalized communities are not traditionally exposed to, including construction, automotive, engineering, equipment operation, and entrepreneurship in underrepresented spaces. Hands-on learning occurs through projects (planter boxes, picnic tables, etc.) completed for local charities. Summer camps and clubs provide training in specific trades and onboarding to apprenticeship programs and internships at local employers round out this program. Industry Demand-Driven Skilled Trades Training, Pre-Apprenticeship, and Apprenticeship Programs: Through a hands-on, place-based approach, SBTC provides industry driven skilled trades training that qualifies candidates for entry level job positions and/or apprenticeship placement where students earn a living wage while they learn higher levels of advancement in their craft. Depending on the specific trade, training can range from six to 16 weeks. #SheBuiltThisCity #SBTC #WomenInConstruction #dei #WomenInTrades #youth
- During the height of COVID, SBTC 3D printed 17,000 face shields and distributing them to over 40 organizations nationwide
- Currently, women represent less than 10% of the workforce in the trades nationally.
- SBTC’s vision is to empower women of ALL ages in the trades to achieve a 50/50 diverse, inclusive workforce by 2030.