On February 16th, early career manufacturers from six East Bay companies came together at American Steel Studios in Oakland.
The Bay Area chapter of Dream it. Do it., led by EBAMP and its many collaborators, established its own Ambassador Program. As the inaugural group, these seventeen ambassadors of manufacturing are young, well-spoken employees who play a front-facing role to their community. They bring a message of inspiration, passion, and drive to students who may not be aware of manufacturing and who someday may consider a career in the industry.
Leading the training session from the Manufacturing Institute (MI) was Brent Weil, Senior Vice President of Education and Workforce and Serena Wong, Industry Partnership Coordinator. MI is an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.
Ambassadors received guidance on relating to students and preparing to speak in the classroom setting – telling their story, talking about their company and their role within it, and mentioning some pertinent manufacturing info, for California and the country at large. A few brave souls even got up and gave a first stab at telling their story. They also were shown one of several different classroom activities, for engaging kids in the kind of team-based exercise, which pairs communication and hands-on learning in a friendly competition with classmates.
After the training, the Ambassadors also received development outlines, to help them as they craft their own message, as well as brochures to leave behind with their student audiences.
Ambassadors will connect with 3-5 classrooms over the course of the school year and may lead MFG Day facility tours.