By Cheryl Savit, Savvy Words on behalf of Kevin Cradock Builders, KitchenVisions, and Woodland Builders
On Tuesday, October 17th, PRO New England members will once again welcome more than 400 students from trade and technical schools throughout eastern Massachusetts to the Bolton Fairgrounds in Lancaster for a day of hands-on learning at interactive stations in the barns, tent, and fields. The goal of Youth Remodeling Career Day (YRCD) is to create awareness about careers in the residential remodeling industry.
Caption: Students participating in activity at YRCD 2019.
Students benefit from meeting professional remodelers and gain experience with tools and activities, including mock interviews preparing them for the real-world experience of interviewing for a job. PRO NE members benefit by showcasing their products to the next generation of builders and remodelers, and having the opportunity to connect with students in trade, co-op, and technical programs
Caption: Students pause for a photo at YRCD 2022.
To date we have 23 activity booths scheduled as well as the popular Mock Interview area. The YRCD committee, led by Sterling Bump, is looking for at least 10-12 more activity booths. Some of the most popular booths over the years have been the stair building activity and the toilet assembly race. Speakers are returning to this year’s event. PRO NE members will take the stage and talk about how they became part of the remodeling industry.
Caption: Kathy DeMeyer, Encore Construction Company conducts practice interview with student at YRCD 2019.
The event is made possible by our generous sponsors and volunteers. So far this year’s sponsors are:
Signature Sponsor: Lavallee Systems
Event Sponsors: F.D. Sterritt Lumber, Adams + Beasley Associates, Dovercraft Construction
Additional Sponsors: Feinmann, Inc., Metropolitan Cabinets, Mastodon Moving, National Lumber, Resource Options, Inc.
YRCD committee members: Paul Bunis, Boston Stone Restoration; Chris Manley, Resource Options, Inc.; Workforce Development Committee chair: Asher Nichols, Asher Nichols & Craftsmen
Want to participate but not sure what to do? Reach out to Sterling or Asher.
Can you help out in any of these ways?
- Looking for volunteers to help assemble hard hats and put the stickers on them in September. Contact Paul Bunis at email@example.com for specifics.
- Volunteers needed for Tuesday, October 17th at the Bolton Fairgrounds. Click here to sign up.
- Additional sponsors needed: Contact Joanne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Sponsor ($2500): Company recognition in pre-and-post event promotion, name recognition at event, and opportunity to host an interactive station/activity booth.
Event Supporter ($1000): Name recognition at event and host interactive station.
Hard Hat Sponsor ($1000): Include your logo on the hard hats that the students wear throughout the day.
Registration Sponsor ($500): Company name and logo recognition where the students check-in at the beginning of the day.
Activity Station Host ($400): Operate one of the interactive activity stations in a barn or the field.
Expo Booth Host ($200): Share information about your business in the tent. Interactive demos welcome.