CIWI 2016 Program Impact Video

The following video highlights the CIWI program from the eyes and experience of the interns. Check it out!

The 2016 CIWI Team included the following Sponsor Partners: Cahill Contractors, Nibbi Brothers, Tishman Speyer, Roberts-Obayashi, Lennar Multifamily Communities, Hanover Company, Clark Construction, CityView, City Ventures, Wood Partners, Anvil Builders, Johnstone Moyer, Inc., Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services, Gerding Edlen, The John Buck Company, and XL Construction.

In total, 16 sponsors participated in the CIWI program, representing the largest number of participating firms.  Overall (2012-2016), our sponsors include the following:

CIWI 2016 was a remarkable year for the program - take a moment to check out our recent Accomplishments:

 With five years under of our belt, CIWI continues to hold closely to our mission…to provide Access, Exposure, and Opportunities for lower-income college students (majority first generation) with an interest in Construction, Real Estate Development, A&E and Civic Engagement.

A quick snapshot includes the following key Accomplishments and Milestones (2012-2016):

  • CIWI has delivered 48 internships;
  • 100 percent of the internships have gone to students of color, including:
    • African American: 23 interns (48%)
    • Latino: 18 interns (38%)
    • Asian/Pacific Islander: 7 interns (15%)
  • In total, CIWI has achieved equity in its internship placements, with 24 secured by young women and 24 secure by young men (50/50).
  • Targeted outreach to core program market areas including San Francisco’s District 10 (Bayview/Hunters Point) and Oakland’s District 3 (Downtown Oakland/West Oakland), as well as Central and East Oakland.
  • Expanded partnerships with four key community-based educational organizations including: College Track, East Bay College Fund, and Juma Ventures and the inclusion of Lighthouse Community Charter High School (East Oakland).

In 2016, CIWI significantly expanded its funding sources and partners as follows:

  • First public sector grant (SF PUC/Project Learning Grant), a multi-year partnership and investment ($20,000, including development of unique environmental/sustainability learning program, L+SIP);
  • First large-scale investment from a private sector partner by Lendlease totaling over $55,000, allowing for the development of an innovative partnership with CIWI for the 2017 program; and
  • First investment from a A/E/C industry partner, Make the Connection (MTC) for $14,000.

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CIWI Major Accomplishments

The Construction Industry Workforce Initiative (CIWI) is a partnership of private sector construction and real estate development companies committed to expanding opportunities and enhancing the diversity of the construction industry workforce with an emphasis in the following fields: Construction, Real Estate Development, Architecture and Engineering,

Civic Engagement, and Urban Design.

CIWI is a program of Community Initiatives.