In Part1-Inequality Alive and Well circa 2014 I touched on how I feel the St.Louis and Missouri Education System has failed to fulfill its duties in preparing the younger generation to meet the challenges needed to live a harmonious life.
Tags: #BAD2014, #blogactionday, #Education, #Ferguson, #Inequality
While I was tweeting with @LizzySm25755296 I realized that there was more to the story inside me that needed to come out especially when she pointed out:
Your article keeps going thru my mind esp the part about the kids not able to read a tape measure and their hopeless looksThis comment was in response to this part of the BAD2014 post:
"...from my experience-performing construction work in the hood. I've noticed that many times the people that will stop by a construction job site and inquire about "Work"-are unable to read a tape measure..."If the St.Louis regional area cannot even teach the next generation these basic education principles-then we are to blame and utterly responsible for failing to provide and give the youth a fighting chance to make it in the World.""
The hopeless looks
Early in my construction career
It was normal to walk onto a construction site- inquire about a job, have an impromptu job interview with the Job Superintendent running the show and more times than not I was hired on the spot-I then grabbed my tool bag and went to work, grateful for the opportunity to earn a paycheck and building America.
I am forever grateful for the opportunities and journeyman level hands on training that my past construction employers have given me (little did they know they helped to shape my career in the Construction Industry which in turn has jump-started my desire to build Sustainable Buildings).
Progressive thinking Construction Companies
who both live and work in the St.Louis region were present at the Construction Forum St.Louis event held in the St.Louis Moto Museum. The event Boots on Ground was started by Executive Director at Construction Forum STL-
Mr Finan and other progressive leaders understand that for our city to operate as a fully functioning town- changes are needed and have stepped up to the Plate to meet the challenge.
They are single handedly and jointly working to include more minority hiring of both St.Louis Local Contractors and Workers into the workforce of St.Louis.
I originally attended the eventScouting for employment opportunities to do my part in Building a Green St.Louis and came away with a better understanding that I needed to do more.
I pride myself and run my little construction company with the basic ingrained mindset of: Leading by Example.
And I came away from the Boots on the Ground program with the understanding that-
I needed to do more. I cannot rely on others to lead in this.and I must do a better job of hiring both minorities and giving other small businesses a fighting chance.
I have to do more
I mentioned above leading by example and I'm putting these actions into words on an upcoming project where I will be building a functional and energy efficient rooms in a basement remodel for the Client.
I will be utilizing and hiring Minority Owned: Electrician Contractor as well as a Plumbing Contractor for the project in South City, St.Louis.
I also plan to stop by the neighborhood SLATE Office to inquire about possibly hiring a minority helper and laborer for my project. I've heard and followed the twitter links about how they are assisting and training young adults the skills needed to gain entry into the Construction Field.
Just like my early employers did with me when they gave me a chance and helped my construction career. I will give others a chance- to help me: Build A Green St.Louis!
Long ago- when I owned and operated 2 Apartment Buildings with 21 individual apartments; I realized that having a Minority on my staff helped my business.
What it did was to show my future tenants that I was not prejudicial and gave everyone an opportunity. I may have lost a few future caucasian tenants who were haters. But the feeling I had inside of: Doing the Right Thing- was immeasurable in Dollars and Cents.
My Goal is to prevent the Minority Fault Line from further damage.
Instead of Madrid Fault wrecking #StLouis --->it will be the "Minority Fault" that wrecks the region. #ShawShooting #Ferguson
— Scotty (@StLHandyMan) October 12, 2014
Here are some of the Tweets from my Twitter Feed in re:
@wjtibby2 the Honest and Progressive Contractors I believe realize now that they didn't help things years ago by not encouraging all races.
— Scotty (@StLHandyMan) September 9, 2014
@wjtibby2 #BootsOnTheGround inre2 #Ferguson, Unions effort to bring Diversity into the workforce. Packed House- Too short of meeting
— Scotty (@StLHandyMan) September 9, 2014
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