Mentoring a Girl in Construction

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"I say anything a guy can do, a girl can do, and it’s just as [conceivable] for us to be out there building and managing … with the men,” said 14-year-old Jas’Mine Collins, responding to the notion that construction jobs are only for men. Collins was one of the 15 young women spending the day building wooden memory boxes at the Mentoring A Girl In Construction, Inc. Camp — or M.A.G.I.C.— at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

M.A.G.I.C. is a weeklong day camp for teen girls and young women interested in construction, building and heavy machinery. The organization offers girls across the nation firsthand practice in electrical work, carpentry and welding under the tutelage of experienced female construction workers and engineers.

This visual piece is the latest installment in Youth Today's hands-on learning video series.