The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association is being recognized for its summer manufacturing camps.
was one of 11 organizations nationally to receive an Award of Excellence in the
third round of the 2008 Associations Advance America Awards program. The
competition is sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives and
the Center for Association Leadership.
Manufacturing Camps for Youth program provides grants to not-for-profit
organizations and educational institutions that offer overnight or day camps to
introduce young people to careers in manufacturing and engineering. FMA’s entry
is now automatically eligible for the 2008 Summit Award, ASAE and the center’s
highest level of recognition for associations, to be announced this
In 2008, the FMA Foundation awarded 19 grants,
ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, to organizations offering manufacturing and
engineering camps to young people age 12 to 16. The camps expose participants
to math, science and engineering principles, and provide them opportunities to
see the technology being used in industry and the high level of skills that
will be required from the work force.
“The purpose of these
camps is to provide a positive, hands-on experience so young people will
consider manufacturing as a career option,” said Terry Egan, director of the
FMA Foundation. “Inspiring youth to consider these trades will have a positive
effect on graduation rates, increased chance for them to earn a living wage, a
more qualified work force and community development in impoverished
Now in its 18th year, the Associations Advance
America program recognizes associations that use innovative projects in
education, skills training, standards-setting, business and social innovation,
citizenship and community service.
Manufacturing Camps for Youth program truly embodies the spirit of the
Associations Advance America Campaign,” said 2007-2008 Associations Advance
America committee chairman Matthew D’Uva. “It is an honor and an inspiration to
recognize this outstanding contribution to American society.”
FMA honored for summer youth camps
October 1, 2008