Tonight, Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Time: 5pm – 7pm
Location: All American Pub
ACE Mentoring is a National mentoring program intended to increase awareness of high school students to career opportunities in architecture, construction, or engineering through mentoring. While it might not seem like it in today’s economy, there is a need because demand for skilled individuals far exceeds the demand. Construction is listed as one of the 6 industries for growth (Dept. of Labor) with more than 1.3 million job openings by 2018.
Since its beginning in 1994, ACE has grown to over 200 cities, with 8,000 students, and 5,000 mentors annually. In Charlotte, there are more than 130 students, 45 mentors and 7 participating schools (Hopewell High School, Myers Park High School, West Charlotte High School, South Mecklenburg High School, Phillip O. Berry High School, East Mecklenburg High School, Audrey Kell, and). Throughout the school year, the students work on real world design and construction issues through job tours, office visits and hands-on activities, as well as, compete to be the winning school for the ACE Cup.
Yesterday, ACE students from all seven schools gathered to help Second Harvest Food Bank for a competition to create art out of food. This event combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people. ACE raises money for the students to buy food and goods that can be donated to Second Harvest and build amazing structures. Their structure is then projected on the wall to create an art piece. Tonight all 7 schools will exhibit their work and rally for votes to see who wins this year’s “Spotlight on Hunger.” Tomorrow all items will be donated to Second Harvest for distribution to local food pantries, crisis centers, and shelters around Thanksgiving. This year marks the fifth year ACE has created a competition to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. In total, ACE has donated more than 15,000 pounds of food and was recently recognized by Second Harvest with a Food Drive Partner Award for Youth Organized Programs.
Questions? Please Contact – Tracy Dodson 704-231-5587 or Melissa Countryman 704-582-1533