Speaking Out for Young Workers

Speaking Out for Young Workers

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Young Worker Safety and Health Training at GPB

-By Carlos Rios

On June 7, the Center for Young Workers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute held a live training session at Georgia Public Broadcasting. While there were a myriad of projects to work on, I decided this would be a great opportunity to see the live training in action, so that I may possibly incorporate some of the techniques used in teaching young workers about safety and health into the online training and educational games my coworker, Dylan Demyanek, and I are working on. In addition, it allowed me the opportunity to see what else our center can do to make the live training more effective.

While I had already read the training module presentation, the live training of the module gave me a different perspective on the presentation, from interacting with people and the material to the incorporation of media and activities. While participating, I have realized that the live training definitely makes learning the material more effective than simply reading it. Since I myself am a young worker, I was able to asses the module and see how effective the training was, as well as see what I could incorporate from the live training into our online training and educational game which Dylan has been doing a great job in developing.

In addition to the training, the students, my coworkers and I were treated to a tour of the Georgia Public Broadcasting building; our center shares the building with GPB, yet we never knew about what goes on here, due to security that prevents us from touring the rest of the building. During the tour, we witnessed first-hand how GPB handles broadcasting its programs, films its shows as well as edit them. In addition, the tour got me interested in their film production opportunities; I will definitely be looking into working there after graduation.

In conclusion, the live training allowed me to get a different perspective on how young workers received the information, especially to the media and interactive portions. It also allowed me the chance to see how the Center for Young Workers could incorporate parts of the training to our online training to make it more consistent, so that young workers receive the same information whether they choose to sit through the training or learn it online. I feel that the conversion to online training will not only deliver the same information to a lot more people, but be more effective in retention as we incorporate interactivity and media to society’s growing satisfaction with receiving information from multiple mediums of technology.


This week, I had to pleasure of bringing our Young Worker Safety and Health training to MAGIC Camp. What is MAGIC camp, you may be asking yourselves? MAGIC stands for Mentoring a Girl in Construction and is a week long training camp designed to teach young women about careers in construction. All this week, the young women in Waynesboro, Georgia are getting hands on training in carpentry, welding, masonry, and general construction.

Their first day of camp began with our Safety and Health training program. These young women were engaged and excited to not only learn about safety work practices, but they also wanted to hear all about health and safety as a career path. I felted honored to have been given the opportunity to participant in such an empowering program. We ended the day with a lesson on fall protection. Mr. Mike O'Dell, with Brasfield and Gorrie, began the lesson asking each of the girls what they were afraid of and why. We talked about fear, why fear exists, and how we should respond to fear. Talking about how fear is our bodies way of telling us to be careful helped to allow the participants to realize that it is ok to be afraid, take a step back, and ask questions. After the discussion, the girls faced their fear of falling by trying on some fall arrest systems and testing them out on the tripod. Everyone had a blast, but what is more- they were all learning.

After completing the safety and health training course, the girls received pink hard hats, work gloves, safety vests, safety glasses, hearing protection, and a set of pink work tools from the wonderful MAGIC Camp director- Ms. Renee Connor.

To learn more about MAGIC Camp or to find out how you can participate in this free, one-week summer camp, check out their website at: http://www.mentoringagirlinconstruction.com/Home_Page.html.


Youth Center to be featured in the Environmental Network Webcasts

The Georgia Envionmental Partnership and the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Insttitute host Envionmental Network Webcasts. The upcoming webcasts will feature the Center for Young Worker Safety and Health at Georgia Tech Research Institute. What to know more about the event and to register for this FREE webinar? Read on...




To Learn About These Topics Plan On Attending The June 14 or 16 Webcast That Will Be Broadcast To Any Location.


The Latest on Greenhouse gas(GHG) regulations

Environmental regulations seem to change at a faster rate each year and keeping up with these regulations is a difficult task.  This session will provide on regulations including greenhouse gases, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS) for boilers, the status of State of Georgia storm water general permit and others.  We will tell what we know and don’t know and information from attendees is welcomed.

The Center for Young Worker Safety and Health

The Center for Young Worker Safety and Health at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) provides young workers throughout the Southeast with training and educational resources intended to promote healthy work practices and prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.  The center is committed to providing training, educational resources, technical expertise, and an online resource center for young workers and their parents, career and technical teachers and employers.  The center was created in October 2010 with funding from a Susan Harwood grant.

Starting and Ending Times

The webcasts starts promptly at 9:00 AM and will end by noon.  Once you register you will get an email with the contact information,




To register for the June 14th Webinar:  



Environmental Webinar for June 2011 Thursday Session


Tuesday, June 14, 2011


9:00 AM - 12:00 AM EDT

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

To register for the June 16th Webinar:



Environmental Webinar for June 2011 Thursday Session


Thursday, June 16, 2011


9:00 AM - 12:00 AM EDT

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:



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