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Wilhelm’s student engagement efforts help build foundations for future generations

IMG_5427_editedF.A. Wilhelm Construction is working to bring the opportunities of the construction industry to students in the Indianapolis area. Employees dedicate time and resources to help develop the next generation through efforts with Junior Achievement’s Job Spark, College Mentors for Kids, and Girls Inc.

Building experiences for future talent is a long-standing company tradition. Throughout Wilhelm’s history of commitment to the community, a great emphasis has been placed on providing academic growth opportunities through a variety of organizations. Through their service to these organizations, employees donate time and share their experiences to help mentor and inspire future talent.

Junior Achievement hosts Job Spark, a two day hands-on career expo for 8th graders in Marion County. This event provides students with information about career opportunities and the necessary skills and training to be successful in these fields. Wilhelm, in conjunction with companies from a variety of industries, created a knowledge-sharing station focused on sharing innovation and opportunities in the construction industry.

College Mentors for Kids pairs college students with “high risk” students to help them transition throughout the schooling process. Wilhelm employees conduct a construction unit session which teaches schoolchildren construction skills as they simultaneously participate in a hands-on small building project. This one-on-one mentorship provides an opportunity to “experience” construction and discuss possibilities with actual builders.job-spark-2

Girls Inc., a local non-profit in Indianapolis, helps inspires girls to reach their full potential through mentorship and education. Their mission as outlined in their slogan, “strong, smart, and beautiful” conveys the organizations commitment to helping propel young girls forward in their journey towards a successful career. Wilhelm employees implement multi-week discussion sessions at area schools exploring a variety of topics. The program provides girls the tools they need to achieve their goals and resist peer pressure.

Wilhelm’s involvement with these and other local organizations in the community helps support early learners to have a positive outlook on career opportunities, and in turn, helps foster the growth of the next generation.

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