Founded in 1994, ACE works to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentoring. ACE’s main objective is to work with underrepresented students that do not have the guidance and support to help them uncover opportunities for their future. Volunteer professionals mentor students and lead them through a hands-on simulation of designing and constructing buildings.
Hensel Phelps is a proud advocate for the ACE Mentor Program of America, providing sponsorship as well as supporting the many individual employees who volunteer for ACE. Hensel Phelps encourages not only their own employees to take action and to support the next generation of builders, but for industry partners to do the same.
“ACE gives our employees an opportunity to give back to our communities while simultaneously exposing young people to our industry. I personally support ACE, and ask our employees to be involved with ACE,” commented Mike Choutka, President | CEO. “Not only does it enhance the lives of our mentees, but it enriches our employee’s lives—strengthening our company culture and reinforcing our core value of community.”
ACE Statistics and Outcomes
- 77 affiliates in 200 cities in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
- Over 10,000 students and about 4,100 mentors participate each year
- 92% of ACE graduates enroll in high education, two-thirds enter majors linked to the design and construction industry
- Almost 70% of students are minorities and one-third are young women
To learn more about ACE and how to get involved with their mission and programs, visit: https://acementor.org/