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The Building Industry Association (BIA) of the Bay Area and the Professional Women in Building (PWB) of the Bay Area recently partnered with their local Boys & Girls Club to organize a jobsite visit in an effort to inspire the next generation of skilled tradespeople.

Teenagers from the Boys & Girls Club of Martinez learned about construction safety, toured a model home, met industry professionals including architects and civil engineers, and explored topics such as landscaping and HVAC systems, the National Association of Home Builders reports.

Before the students visited the construction site, many had a baseline understanding of building a home. Every Wednesday, students participated in construction-related after-school activities during the spring. Initial activities included making structures with snacks and crafts. As the students became familiar with basic construction, the BIA shifted to an advanced curriculum, such as how much it costs to build a home and energy usage in a home. BIA volunteers generously donated their time to provide instruction and oversight during each after-school activity.

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