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experiential learning lab

The Experiential Learning Lab (ELL) Program started as a series of workshops and evolved to become a comprehensive paid internship program in the South End community of Little Rock, AR, focused on providing trade-career focused opportunities for middle and high school students. It launched in the summer of 2020 and  focused on providing hands-on opportunities for underserved, BIPOC students living or attending school in the South End community. The program offers three components: community workshops, an internship, and a network- targeting a subset of BIPOC students-  the Black Girls & Women in Trade Careers group. 

2023-2024 Goals

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Trade Areas of Focus

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This lucrative pathway can be accessed through completing government-funded apprenticeship

2022-2023 COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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Grassroots AR

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Turtle Island

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03.

Urban Patchwork

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04.

Dreamland Properties

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05.

AR Welding Academy

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06.

Tru Serenity

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07.

Andrew Carrion

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Pettus Foundation

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Zep's Garden

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Todd's T&C Auto Center

"Women of all backgrounds remain severely under-represented in such well-paid jobs....Working in the trades can be difficult, particularly for women of color. Being a woman in the trades typically means finding yourself isolated from other women, lacking role models and mentors who look like you, and having to carry the weight of representing not only your gender but also women from your racial and ethnicbackgrounds, in addition to having to deal with some-times hostile attitudes and discrimination on the job."

- NATIONAL CENTER FOR WOMEN’S EQUITY IN APPRENTICESHIP AND EMPLOYMENT

We provide BIPOC girls with opportunities to learn about trade careers and offer a network of BIPOC trade professionals, locally and nationwide, to serve as mentors to support them as they navigate trade industry careers!

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