Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Girls’ Construction Camp Held in Austin with Support from Texas Labor Movement

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we'll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Thirty-five school aged girls from the Austin, Texas, area took part in a free weeklong construction camp in early August where they had an enriching experience learning new skills that could open the door to a fulfilling career in the construction trades. Camp NAWIC is a joint program set up by electrical contracting company Rosendin and the Austin Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) in 2019.

“I learned so much. I can't wait to go home and try my new skills,” said Ariana Medina, a second-year camper. “I think this camp showed me that girls can do anything with the right guidance and support.” The camp is supported by many different organizations, including Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 520, United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) Local 286, Central Texas Building and Construction Trades Council, Laborers (LIUNA) Local 1095 and the Texas AFL-CIO.