ASCE Philadelphia YMF Members,
While it’s a new calendar year, we’re about half way through the Philadelphia YMF year, which means I only have about six months left to serve as your President. I’m sure a lot of you have made New Year resolutions, and I’m hoping some of you can add one more to your list that would help me achieve one of my goals: outreach. One of my goals is to increase the number of volunteers of ASCE’s Civil Engineering Club™ and the YMF’s K-12 outreach initiatives so that both will continue to run smoothly.
I recently attended the Civil Engineering Club’s Fall Ceremony at the Chester A. Arthur School in South Philadelphia and had the opportunity to interact with this year’s students and parents and it was apparent that the Club was making a positive impact on the students. It was truly amazing to see how engaged the students and parents were during the design competition and how their attention was captured by the preview of the Dream Big film. Along with the YMF’s CivE Club Chairs, Kevin Walsh and Tim Abel, volunteers from the YMF membership are the ones who have the direct impact on these students. If you’re interested in participating, please reach out to Kevin Walsh or Tim Abel.
Last year Katrina Lawrence and Charles Mumford, the YMF’s K-12 Outreach Chairs, organized outreach visits and events that resulted in over 1300 students being reached by industry and collegiate volunteers. In my opinion, true industry diversity starts with K-12 outreach; we can plant the civil engineering and STEM seeds within the minds of today’s youth enrolled in schools in and around the city and some will grow into technical-minded individuals who potentially enter our industry as qualified engineers. With the bar set extremely high from last year, we are counting on you to volunteer and to spread the word about opportunities to volunteer with us, so please reach out to us if you or someone you know is interested.
Speaking of the New Year, please don’t forget to renew your ASCE membership and if you weren’t already a member, make 2017 your year to become one by joining today! Finally, don’t forget about the YMF’s Annual Winter Social which will be taking place on Monday, January 30, 2017. I appreciate everything you have done thus far and I look forward to your continued involvement with the YMF as we move into 2017.
Thank you and Happy New Year,
Kevin Brown, EIT
ASCE Philadelphia YMF Members,
For most of my college career I never really saw the importance of ASCE because I thought
it was all just brown nosing and boring meetings. I fought against the idea of joining any
organization like ASCE for years. That all changed the summer I interned with a member of
the ASCE YMF Board and he suggested I attend one of their construction tours of the
Schuylkill River Trail. Surprisingly, the event was an enjoyable experience. I was able to
meet young professionals and learn about the work they did and their experience in the
profession. Through ASCE, I was able to experience my first networking events while still
in school. While in conversations with young professionals that I knew, I would then be
introduced to other professionals at the event; I was expanding my network. I did not feel
like I was brown nosing, the events were not boring, and eventually, when I started my
career and participated in work discussions, I brought the skills I learned through the YMF.
This allowed me to speak to my coworkers and clients with confidence, which I believe will
allow me to advance more rapidly in my career. The ASCE YMF continues to serve a positive
role in my career development by organizing informative sessions such as the Project
Management and Budgeting presentation. I now invite my coworkers to join me at ASCE YMF
events so that they, too, can enjoy the benefits the organization provides.
Darren Black, EIT