CLEVELAND, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited sixth, seventh and eighth-grade campers at Max S. Hayes High School in Cleveland as they participated in the 3rd annual Cuyahoga County Summer Manufacturing Camp that Brown’s office helped to organize.
“Manufacturing is one of our state’s most important industries, but too often, our companies can’t find workers with the right skills, while our students don’t realize all the opportunities available to them,” said Brown. “We need today’s Ohio students to realize all the potential careers they could have in Ohio manufacturing, and that’s why, for seven years now, my office has put on summer manufacturing camps for 4th through 8th graders across Ohio.”
“We thank Senator Brown, My Brothers Keeper, and Manufacturing Works for creating this outstanding summer opportunity,” Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon said. “Under The Cleveland Plan, we stress providing students with authentic, real world experiences that let them explore career options. Through this camp, our scholars may be drawn to the hands-on, STEM activities in manufacturing and eventually find high-paying jobs in the field.”
Brown’s office started organizing summer manufacturing camps in 2013 in Youngstown, and since then, the number of camps throughout the state has grown every year. This year, Brown’s office helped organize 34 camps in 26 counties.
Brown’s summer manufacturing camps help introduce kids and their parents to an up-to-date, real-world understanding of American manufacturing. This learning opportunity gives local students the opportunity to learn about careers in their community, tour local manufacturing facilities, and learn from experts. Students learn how products are made, participate in team-building exercises, and work on a project specific to their community.
Brown partnered with My Brother’s Keeper Ohio to host the camp. My Brother’s Keeper was launched by President Obama as a national initiative to address the opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color, and to ensure all young people reach their full potential. Brown has been a champion of the My Brother’s Keeper program in Ohio, leading efforts to launch 11 local My Brother’s Keeper initiatives in communities across the state.
Other community partners include Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Manufacturing Works.
The camps are open to boys and girls. The ages or grades for each camp are determined by local organizers.