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‘Generation Next’ seeks funds to support trade workers

This Old House Ventures of Stamford, Conn., recently started a charitable campaign called Generation Next with the goal of encouraging and empowering young people to join skilled trades.

Generation Next will raise money from companies and trade associations serving the home construction and renovation industry to support scholarships for students pursuing careers as carpenters, electricians, roofers, masons and plumbers.

Donations will go to the Mike Rowe Works Foundation to support its 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Program. Rowe, television host of “Dirty Jobs” and his current series, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” started the foundation in 2008 to reinvigorate the skilled trades.

This Old House Ventures includes This Old House magazine and television series. Eric Thorkilsen and TZP Growth Partners bought the company from Time Inc. in 2016.

This Old House Ventures says it will promote Generation Next across all of its platforms.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2017 issue.

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