The "We Can Do It" attitude that pervades Home Front history inspires Richmond youth to new heights. Girls involved in Rosie's Girls learn to take on challenges similar to those women faced during WWII, learning welding, carpentry and more. Each summer these middle school teens, mostly from low-income families in Richmond, tackle a variety of new challenges through which they build inner strength along with job skills, explore their hopes and dreams, and expand horizons as they learn about unusual careers for women. Career options highlight a wide range of possibilities in the Bay Area ranging from mounted policewoman to engineer.
In 2016, our Rosie's Girls Summer Camp Program was honored by Public Lands Alliance with the Partnership Award for Outstanding Public Engagement. Read more about this honor, and about the work we do for young girls in Richmond, in our Member Spotlight.
Hometown Richmond engages teens of both sexes in a program supported by park staff and other local partners. Youth learn new skills and give back to the community through projects such as the Victory Garden they helped to build for a Richmond charter school last year. The garden now graces the play yard area of the historic Maritime Childcare Center, a park site. Youth also take part in a variety of urban "greening" projects, community benefit projects and more, assisting at public and park events like the Home Front festival in the fall. This program links Richmond's proud home front history, which included enormous migrations from the south to the shipyards, to the WWII-era spirit in which everyone pitched in to achieve a common good. This is "hands-on" history, part of our work to inspire youth today.
Rosie's Girls Program Celebrates Another Super Year!
Friends, family and fans from the Richmond community were all smiles at the graduation ceremony for 2016's Rosie’s Girls. The program is designed to build character, resilience, team work, and real-world job skills for girls in “non-traditional” trades. Graduates embodied the spirit of Rosie the Riveter as they explored carpentry, welding, painting, silk-screening and more! Camp culminated in a four day overnight outdoor skills training experience at Yosemite National Park.
Many thanks to our partners who joined us in making this program a success -- the National Park Service and the YMCA of the East Bay. Our sincerest thanks to our generous sponsors, listed below. Thanks to your help, the Trust was once again able to provide full scholarships to all thirty camp participants. We couldn’t do it without you!!
At the Final Ceremony Richmond Mayor Tom Butt spoke to the importance of this special summer program, which serves girls from lower-income families in West Contra Costa County. Rosie's Girls danced, sang, and shared memories that are sure to last them a lifetime.
The summer wrapped up with a standing ovation for this year’s participants as the girls performed their own Rosie’s Girls Song:
“Cause I’m a Rosie’s Girl/in my blossomed world/learning who I am/ while I am a little girl/trying new things/Wouldn’t have known how, I see/that I am more than what you see/when you look at me/…”
We did it and we are proud! Read more about our program here!
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR ROSIE’S GIRLS SPONSORS AND PARTNERS!
This year, Rosie the Riveter Trust partnered with Richmond Art Center to provide six current and former Rosie's Girls the opportunity to earn stipends while creating a permanent traveling exhibit about their Rosie's Girls experience. The exhibit, pictured above, was constructed during six Saturday morning workshops led by fabulous instructor Dawn Gonzalez. Participants learned valuable graphic design skills, practiced public speaking, and worked as a team to create a many-faceted exhibit that expresses what being a "Rosie's Girl" means to each of them. We want to thank our incredible participants for a job well done!