Contact: Jessica Schultz, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, Development & Marketing Manager
Date: July 12, 2019 – For Immediate Release
On July 11th, over 50 teen Boys & Girls Club members from across Larimer County joined builders, contractors, electricians, excavators, and plumbers at our Loveland-Pulliam Club, for a hands-on, career exploration experience. First, teens attended a career panel where they listened to field experts talk about how they got started in the trades industry, then teens participated in on-the-job skills training like moving dirt with an excavator, and surveying land. For some Clubs members at Boys & Girls Clubs graduation is just around the corner. To help prepare them for life after high school, BGCLC partnered with the Associated Builders and Contractors to design this special teen night.
Patrick Elder, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County Board Member and Vice President of Northern Colorado for Elder Construction, said, “It is great to see businesses in the community come out to support the youth we serve. Giving our teens hands-on experiences exposes them to opportunities they
might not have gotten in school.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County’s Teen Program provides strategic opportunities geared towards providing a safe space for teens during critical times in their lives. One of BGCLC’s current goals of the Teen Program is to provide exposure to various career paths upon completion of high school. By providing hands-on, professional experiences, our teens are being exposed to all the possible opportunities they have after high school.
“We are so grateful for partnerships such as this one with Associated Builders and Contractors. This gives our Club members exposure to careers and industries that they might not have considered otherwise ,” said Kaycee Headrick, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County. “Opportunities like this inspire Club members to think about their futures.”
Sydney Sachs, Regional Director of Northern Colorado & Young Professional Council said, “The ABC Rocky Mountain Chapter is honored to be able to work with the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County in what we hope will be a longstanding partnership to provide teens with exposure to the construction trades and the valuable careers available to them. We are committed to connecting the industry with the future workforce to show them the bright future and opportunities ahead.”
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County consists of a safe place, staffed by trained professionals, offering premiere youth development programs to youth ages 6-18. We strive to provide a Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors. In Larimer County, BGCLC is
the only comprehensive, facility-based, out-of-school program that includes meals, diverse positive youth development programming, and mentoring for only $20 a year. BGCLC provides services in Fort Collins, Estes Park, Loveland, and Wellington and serves over 3,000 youth annually.
About Associated Builders and Contractors
Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.