Youth Remodeling Career Day

Every fall EM NARI hosts Youth Remodeling Career Day for area high school students. For the past three years, more than 500 students have come from vocational/technical programs from Massachusetts and Rhode Island to experience hands-on learning provided by members.

The EM NARI Youth Remodeling Career Day committee members work in conjunction with our Workforce Development committee to produce this encompassing event. Members volunteer to lead the groups from activity to activity as well as host activity booths.

Student Quotes:

“I like all of the hands-on experience and how we got to do most of the stuff that would most likely happen on a job site.”

“The most valuable was learning about the different types of tools because it was focused on the field of work I want.”

Teacher/Chaperone Quotes:

“I liked the fact that the majority of the event was very hands-on for the students. Most events are a ‘view only’ type.”

“There were a lot of hands-on activities with incentives for the students to participate.  The presenters worked very well with the students and were very approachable.”

Held at the Bolton Fairgrounds, students have had the opportunity to:

  • Build walls and stairs
  • Install roof shingles
  • Install windows
  • Sand floors
  • Install toilets
  • Install siding
  • Learn about mold remediation
  • Learn about careers in architecture, design, and construction

EM NARI members offer mock interviews to help students prepare for the job market. There are contests and learning sessions offered throughout the day, along with a box lunch.

Student Quote:

“I liked how they gave us the option of doing mock interviews to help us in the future.”

Sponsors include:

  • Triangle Tube
  • James Hardie Siding & Trim
  • C & R Flooring
  • 2018 Hard Hat Sponsors: Lavallee Systems | Mitsubishi Heating & Cooling
  • 2018 Volunteer Breakfast Sponsor: Mason & Mason Insurance
  • 2018 Lunch Sponsor: Herlihy Insurance
  • 2018 Photography: Jay Groccia, OnSite Studios
  • 2018 Dumpster Services Provided by Mark One, Inc.
  • 2018 Stage Sponsor: Level Up Your Home
  • 2018 Moving and Storage Sponsor: Mastodon Moving

Sponsor Quotes:

“The opportunity to volunteer and being hands-on with those interested in the trades” -Ryan Wagner, Wagner Development – Hosted interactive building activity focused on installing windows

“I really enjoyed working with the students and seeing how well they all worked together to problem-solve.” -Sterling Bump, Custom Contracting, Inc – Event Volunteer

“Great interaction with the students. Great encouragement by teachers and staff to get students involved in the workstation.” -Ryan Benevides, James Hardie Building Products, Event Sponsor

EM NARI Members with booth activities include:

  • Byggmeister — Improving Energy Efficiency
  • C&R Flooring — Floor Refinishing
  • California Closets — Design, Manufacture, Custom Build
  • DeMelo Heating & AC — DeMelo Demonstrates
  • Dwell On It — Cabinet Installation Techniques
  • Encore Construction — Roofing Installation
  • Feinmann, Inc. — Hands-on Framing
  • Herrick & White — Custom Cabinetry
  • Homans – Product Showcase
  • James Hardie — Siding and Trim Installation
  • Nadeau Electric — Lights On Challenge
  • RJ Geffen — Assembly Challenge
  • Tool Box Buzz — New Tools and Innovations
  • Supply New England — Fastest Plumber
  • Wagner Development and Steveworks – Installing Windows
  • Woodmeister — The Assembly of Stairs
  • Alpine Environmental — Safety Starts with You
  • Triangle Tub — Excellence in Heating & Hot Water
  • Mitsubishi — Mitsubishi Electric, Trane HVAC US
  • CET EcoBuilding — Reducing Waster Through Reuse
  • dEmios Architects — What Does an Architect Do?
  • FBN Construction — Management Tools of a Lead Carpenter
  • Resource Options Inc. — Resume Tips and Techniques
  • Viega – Let’s Connect
  • Win Supply – Product Showcase

Mock interviewers include:

Peter Feinmann (Feinmann, Inc.)

Bill Farnsworth (Custom Contracting, Inc.)

Paul Morse (Morse Construction)

Kathy DeMeyer (Encore Construction)

Kimberlee Dow (Dovercraft)

Jim Lavallee (Lavallee Systems)

October 2018 YRCD with Kathy DeMeyer

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