Former Apprentice Now Mentors Girls in Construction Camp Week
High school female campers enjoy learning hands-on building skills at Mentor a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) camp.
Construction-related classroom seminars led by Sydney Contant give girls a taste of what remodeling requires during MAGIC camp at Gwinnett Technical College.

Even as Sydney Contant continues to work hard in the construction industry, she understands the value of giving back so others may realize the opportunities she has been given. Sydney’s passion for the construction field makes her an ideal ambassador for the industry. Donating her time and services, Sydney Contant has served as the volunteer keynote speaker at the week-long MAGIC (Mentor a Girl in Construction) camp at Gwinnett Technical College. Participants learn through a combination of class lecture and hands-on skills practice in welding, carpentry, heavy equipment, safety, and electrical. This past summer students learned about Sydney’s career path and her current work responsibilities with Atlanta Design & Build while building a bench, toolbox, lamp, and animal structure.

Sydney believes “girls being interested in a trade that is not typically something women consider--that alone shows interest in the field.” By supporting initiatives like MAGIC in Georgia, builders can have a direct impact on the future labor pool.

MAGIC was founded by Renee Conner who owns her own construction company and conducts camps like this across the country. The camp is hosted by the Sugarloaf Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

These women are leaders in growing the construction labor force. Their examples of investing time in students as they are deciding on their future career path are ones more builders must emulate for us to continue building momentum and enthusiasm for our profession.