What exactly is TOOLFEST?
What exactly is TOOLFEST?
TOOLFEST is a free education program for students from various public schools & education programs in the Washington, DC Metro Area. The festival & program series will introduce students to professionals in the Professional Building Trades, allow students to work on small safe demonstration projects and engage with the construction industry in the Washington metro area. Examples of projects/ demos include, students having the opportunity to try on hard hats and safety glasses and learn basic tools and terminology. The program will also include students being taught about functions of basic and advanced tools. No student will be exposed to tools that will comprise their safety. The goals of the program is to advocate and bring more awareness to CTE related careers as a pathway for youth.
Our TOOLFEST event allows individuals, partners and stakeholders in the construction industry to make a significant investment in our youth development work through participating, sponsorship and/or by donating tools. One of our primary goals is to introduce youth to the industries which surround the building trades, real estate and property management industries. Our second goal is to advocate and consistently expose youth to these career pathways.
This year, we will host two TOOLFEST events. The Washington, DC Event will be hosted Thursday, April 27, 2023 at RISE Demonstration Center 2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032 Programming will operate from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
On Thursday November 16, 2023, we will host TOOLFEST at the Prince George's Community College; Westphalia Training Center. The center is located at 9109 Westphalia Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. Programming will operate from 10:00- 3:30 pm.
If you are a construction related company, we are inviting you to donate a tool or donation to TOOLFEST. Your contribution will allow 700+ students to maximize their experience with construction industry, real people and tools; many for the first time.
TOOLFEST will attract students from various public schools & education programs in Washington, DC Metro area, as well as leaders in the construction industry. The festival will introduce students to professionals in the Professional Building Trades, allow students to work on small demo projects and engage with the construction industry in the Washington metro area. Please consider supporting our youth programs and makerspaces. TOOLFEST is an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments, acknowledge our sponsors and to raise funds to purchase cool new activities, materials and tools for our programs.