Members: Help Put on Build My Future 2021 Virtually

Volunteer demonstrators and sponsors are being sought for Build My Future 2021, which is being held virtually Tuesday, April 27 via Zoom. Build My Future is a workforce-development initiative designed to introduce youth to construction and other skilled-trades careers.

Members are invited to volunteer by providing an exciting demonstration, such as masonry, roofing or frame building. Activities will be professionally video recorded on March 4 at the Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center (location subject to change). Each company should plan 40 minutes maximum for their video. All video times will be coordinated by Kylie Gudenkauf and TMK Video Productions. The videos will be played for students through Zoom on event day, and select company representatives will join live to explain their activity, share trade tips and tricks and answers student’s questions. Sponsors will have their company logo featured on the Explore ACE website and associated marketing materials.

To participate, complete the sponsorship and activity registration form and submit it – sponsors please include your check (payable to ACE Sector Board) – by Friday, Feb. 19 to:

Build My Future-ACE
c/o ACE Sector Board
Attn: Kylie Gudenkauf
1770 Boyson Road
Hiawatha, IA52233
(319) 395-5888

Early sign up is strongly encouraged due to limited capacity. Those putting on a demonstration should come prepared for their video meeting (a meeting invite will be provided after you register) and choose a representative to be on live April 27 to discuss the activity. More specific information and a Zoom link will be sent to the company representative. 

Typically, the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area Build My Future-ACE Career Day & Industry Showcase is a hands-on, interactive event aimed at giving 7th – and 8th-grade students an opportunity to spend a day in the construction industry. The intent is to expose kids to the skilled trades and plant seeds for developing Iowa’s future building-industry workforce. It is hosted by the ACE Sector Board and a collaboration among The Greater Iowa City Area HBA; the Greater Cedar Rapids HBA; and Kirkwood Community College.

 Key Dates

Feb. 19:  Volunteer and Registration Sponsorship Applications Due

March 4: Video Recording of Activities

April 27:  Build My Future Broadcast Via Zoom