On May 16, 2017 GEAR UP Birmingham students from Wenonah High School participated in a job shadowing with Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers and received a behind-the-scenes-look of the Vulcan Materials Quarry.

Throughout the academic school year, students have previously engaged in a workplace mentorship program with Vulcan’s corporate office mentors. The recent quarry visit was an opportunity to see the business from another side. Students were provided an introduction to the types of rocks mined in the facility and given a tour of the 560 feet deep quarry. They also had the chance to separate and crush rocks after moving them along on a conveyor belt. The equipment used by the students was a miniature version of the what workers typically use in the quarry.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters has viable relationships impacting the GEAR UP Birmingham cohort.