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bipoc youth training program

call for volunteers!

Porter is excited to be going into our second year of our tech trades training program. 

The Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Industry is a dynamic field with enormous potential for talented students interested in designing, building and managing beautiful spaces all over the globe. 

This year, the Training Emerging Professionals Program will be partnering with YouthCare to introduce talented 16-19-year-old, BIPOC youth to the world of CRE with classes specific to careers that often require a college education, like design or project and facilities management, as well as trade careers that don’t. 

The Training Emerging Professionals Program is created and managed by Porter, a progressive workplace solutions company in Seattle. We leveraged our industry knowledge to tailor this program to the needs of students interested in CRE here and now.


the curriculum

For youth who choose our Technical Track, they may be able to enter the work force immediately. This program will help them learn skills and make connections to start looking for internships, apprenticeships and employment.

We’re looking for instructors who…

  • Are passionate about helping BIPOC high school students learn about tech trades
  • Can teach one or more classes between January – June 2022, held Thurs. and Sat., with a time commitment of 1.5-4 hrs
  • Are knowledgeable about carpentry, plumbing or other tech trades
  • Will be supported in developing content for the class
  • Location will be provided
bipoc interior designers

Volunteer kick-off orientation
Jan 11 @ the Shop, tentatively 4-7pm

  • Introducing nonprofit partner, Youthcare
  • Lesson presentations best practices
  • Sharing from alumni

Introduction Sessions

  • Career Panel + Roundtable
  • The Basics
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Safety Orientation (new!)

Course Sessions

  • Intro to Tools & Safety
  • Basic Carpentry
  • Electrical Systems
  • HVAC & Refrigeration Mechanics
  • Basic Plumbing
  • Smart Buildings and Digital Systems
  • Microsoft Suite Training
  • Site Walk and Panel Discussion
  • Self-Care Workshop (new!)
  • Thermal Energy Sitewalk and Panel
  • Communication Skills – Email, In-person, and Critical Questions
  • Mental Health, Self-care, Work life balance (new!)

Exhibition Sessions

  • Exhibition Prep
  • Exhibition

Apprenticeship program

  • Apprenticeship Program Visit (Saturday, In-person)

volunteer with us!
sign up here.

You can volunteer to teach just one session, multiple sessions, or simply help behind the scenes. 

Thank you!

Questions? Email [email protected]