Girls Build and SMPS Oregon are Featured in the DJC

The DJC recently featured local nonprofit Girls Build in the article, “Pounding Out an Education,” written by Sam Tenney. 

On a recent afternoon at the University of Portland, the usual quiet of summertime at the North Portland campus is disrupted by the sounds of building. The distinctive cacophony of power drills and saws, hammers, and sanders rings out for hours on end, but the noises aren’t coming from a nearby academic building under construction. The tools are wielded by a group of girls, ages 8 through 11, who are taking part in the weeklong Girls Build camp, where they are learning hands-on skills including carpentry, concrete, electricity, sheet metal, plumbing, and more.

The nonprofit camp was conceived by Katie Hughes, a carpenter by trade and a former instructor at ACE Academy and Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. (OTI), who recognized a lack of programming for girls in the Portland area.

SMPS Oregon is proud to have supported this awesome organization through our recent Boards, Bags, and Brews event, which raised $6,200 for Girls Build and sent 17 young girls to camp. Be sure to read the digital issue of Women of Vision magazine (pg 16) for more on our involvement.  

To hear more about the amazing local women making a difference, join DJC Oregon on October 18th to honor this year’s Women of Vision award winners, which include Katie Hughes, founder of Girls Build, and Alexi Meuwissen, Past-President of SMPS Oregon.

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