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                    Philanthropic Projects

Each year, The Spirit of Construction Foundation awards grants to a number of deserving organizations that focus on construction education. Here are this years' and previous years' grant recipients.


2017

• Construction Advocate Program
The Spirit is providing continued funding for a construction advocate, Ann Mitchell. The advocate supports efforts to engage middle school students, encouraging them to stay in school, succeed in math, science, and language classes, and consider all options available with a career in construction.

Ms. Mitchell engages students through summer camps and construction clubs—a free 8-week after-school program run by local volunteers to introduce students to various aspects of construction. The curriculum includes sessions on site plans, concrete, carpentry, masonry, drywall, electric, plumbing, and painting. Local contractors come to the school each week to teach children their specialties.



•  Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati • 

AFC’s purpose is to help people discover – and experience – the transformative power of design.


•  Construction Career Days • 
The mission of this annual 2 day event is to improve the image of the construction industry in the eyes of today's high school students and plant the seeds for tomorrow's skilled workforce. The Spirit’s grant will once again fund this event designed to engage and excite participating students about careers in construction. It puts students in the seats of heavy equipment and in front of engineering software, and introduces them to various trade opportunities.


•   Butler County Educational Service Center • 
Butler County Educational Service Center serves as the central educational and service resource for schools, government agencies, families, community and children ages birth-22 with the long term goal of transitioning to higher education. SOC funding will support new Construction Summer Camp programs for sixth and seventh grade students that will serve as a catalyst for engaging students who may be interested in construction-based or STEM-related education in future years. With cooperation with Home Depot, BCESC will be providing a week long camp which will afford students the experiential learning environment at a local Home Depot store to help them understand how their traditional educational lessons align with the construction field.


Northern KY Community Action Commission Youth Build • 
NKCAC was established through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and is charged with providing low income individuals with knowledge, resources, and opportunities they need to achieve self-reliance. The SOC funding will support YouthBuild of Northern Kentucky which is a workforce development program targeted at unemployed young people between the ages of 16-24. This program will provide academic education, training in carpentry and construction skills, leadership development, and employment assistance.


•  Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America • 
The Dan Beard Council is the local administrative body of the Boy Scouts of America and has a long history of providing life-changing programs to the young men of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The grant from the Spirit will support the merit badge program at Camp Friedlander which relate to skill trades. Additionally, the SOC funding will enable the Council to expand their Exploring programs which are dedicated to the Skilled Trades and Construction Management. This outreach program will offer a camp experience and career education to young adults ages 14 to 20 years old.


•  Rosie’s Girls/YWCA • 
This program, sponsored by the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, highlights their commitment to helping open nontraditional doors for girls and women. As in years past, SOC funding will support a 3 week hands-on summer day camp for 24 adolescent-aged girls. The camp is designed to build self-esteem, physical confidence, interpersonal skills, and leadership, while learning basic skills in carpentry and other technical construction trades.


•  Warren County Educational Service Center

The Warren County Educational Service Center believes that education is a cooperative process that involves administrators, teachers, students, parents and the community in promoting excellent educational programs through a constant cycle of diagnosis of need, implementation and evaluation.


 

Encouraging growth, education and community enhancement projects, the Spirit of Construction Foundation is a friend to many local organizations.