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Rosie's Kids Kicks Off With Hands-On Carpentry Workshop

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Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske

City of Long Beach - Council District 5

Contact: Misha Houser
Office Phone: 562-570-6932


Rosie's Kids Kicks Off With Hands-On Carpentry Workshop

Program To Introduce Young People to Skilled Trades, Build Confidence, Self-Esteem

Long Beach, CA - August 28, 2013- Twenty Long Beach Middle School students will have the opportunity to receive a first hand look at careers in the trades while brandishing hammers and working as a team to construct a planter box, a permanent new addition to Rosie the Riveter Park on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 9:00 am to 1:00pm at Rosie the Riveter Park.

"Rosie's Kids is an amazing opportunity for these students to learn by doing. Learning these skills helps young people gain confidence, build self esteem, and create something for their community that will be there for many years," commented Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, "We hope that Rosie's Kids will grow and take on new projects every year, giving more and more young people a chance to learn a valuable skill while creating something for their community."

Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, in partnership with the Sisters in the Brotherhood, Camp Fire of Greater Long Beach, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation, and Marine, and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation, will be hosting Rosie's Kids, a carpentry workshop for middle school girls and boys. The participants for the inaugural workshop were recruited by Camp Fire of Greater Long Beach.The public is invited to come out to the event to support and cheer the students as they work.

Rosie's Kids participants will learn how to use tools, develop and read building plans, and work together as a team to build a planter box to be installed at Rosie the Riveter Park in east Long Beach. After a tour of Rosie the Riveter Park and a history of Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach from Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, the kids will learn from women carpenters about alternative career paths and opportunities. The program will emphasize the importance of the STEM program - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics - as they learn to build with the carpenters.

"This is a terrific opportunity for young people to have a hands on experience learning carpentry skills and through that experience, be able to consider the possibility of the skilled trades as a profession," explained Pat Williams, retired Operating Engineer and Vice President of Blue Collar Women, an organization which encourages women to work in the building trades, "The construction focused trades are often a ticket out of poverty and a chance at a better life for many, and a career that provides a well-paying job."

The workshop will take place on site at Rosie the Riveter Park, 4900 E. Conant Street, in Long Beach. For more information, call the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562.570.6932.

About The Rosie the Riveter Foundation

The Rosie the Riveter Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 208 specifically to assist in the development of the park and interpretive center. This member supported, charitable corporation is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the thousands of women who worked on the home front in Long Beach during World War II. For more information, please visit their website:

About The Sisters in the Brotherhood

The Sisters in the Brotherhood are an integral part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, not a separate women's union. Their goal is to create a network of active members that provides avenues for women to eliminate barriers to their success and to promote an increase in the number and diversity of women in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. The Sisters in the Brotherhood encourage women within the United Brotherhood of Carpenters to share, support, and learn from each other's experiences, to obtain craft training and leadership skills, to be advocates on women issues, and to mentor new and potential members. For more information, please visit their website:

About Campfire of Greater Long Beach

Camp Fire USA provides boys and girls, kindergarten through 12th grace, with opportunities to learn, play, and grow while building life skills. Camp Fire has coeducation programs that encourage their members to explore and develop interests that can last a lifetime through experiences focusing on family and community, the environment, creative arts, the future, and personal growth. For more information, please visit their website:

About The Brotherhood of Carpenters

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is one of North America's largest building-trades unions, with nearly a half-million members in the construction and wood-products industries. Their goal is to train, educate, and represent the next generation of construction professions, standing strong to help them succeed in today's marketplace. For more information, please visit their website: