Empowering the Next Generation: Youth Remodeling Career Day 2023

By Melissa Bunis, Boston Stone Restoration

It was a beautiful fall day for our 6th annual Youth Remodeling Career Day held at the Bolton Fair Grounds on October 17th. The event’s purpose is to offer hands-on activities, sponsored by members of the PRO New England organization so students can experience different aspects and areas of the residential remodeling community.

Caption: Students pose for a photo at the day’s closing.

Over 500 students from 11 area Vocational Technical High Schools attended the day-long event. Volunteers led them from station to station once they were outfitted with their hard hats and protective goggles. Over a dozen stations, ranging from nail driving to wall framing to using a coping saw were offered. In addition, there were opportunities to meet with various partner vendors to the trade. These stations ranged from creating a mood board to learning about Home Design software.

Caption: Students engaging in activity with Asher Nichols & Craftsmen team.

One of the standout stations, and a favorite among the students, was the mock interview sessions. Here, each student had the chance to sit across from a seasoned owner or manager, engaging in mock interviews to refine their professional skills. This invaluable experience not only demystified the interview process but also instilled in them a sense of confidence and preparedness for their future careers.

Caption: Cathy Follett, Renovisions, inc. interviews a student.

The day culminated with students taking home more than just newfound knowledge and skills. Fun swag served as mementos of the event, and countless memories of a day spent in the world of remodeling were etched into their minds. This annual event is a testament to the dedication of PRO volunteers who poured their time and effort into ensuring its success. It’s a day where experienced professionals invest in the future of the industry by mentoring and guiding the next generation of tradespeople.

Caption: PRO Volunteers pose for a photo.

Thanks to all the PRO volunteers who worked so hard to make this a successful event.  It was a great day, and we can’t wait until next year!

Caption: Steve Hanson, A Yard and a Half instructs students on a project.

Caption: Student participating in wiring activity.

Caption: Students pause to pose for a photo.

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