BLCD is a 100% female-owned MWBE construction & development firm located in NYC, with over 20 years of experience in the industry. With the help of your contribution, our Youth Construct program will be able to provide minority, economically disadvantaged youth with an opportunity for a brighter future in the lucrative industry of construction administration.
Opportunity Maker. Social Entrepreneur. Community Builder.
Our communities are riddled with students and families that can no longer keep up with the debt burden of higher education. Black and Brown students are more likely to end up at open-access, under-resourced colleges. Graduation rates are lower and many of these students leave the schools with more debt than their white counterparts. 86.6% of black students borrow federal loans compared to 59.9% of white students and are five times more likely to default on their loans due to lower earnings post-grad. These are all factors that affect the student’s ability to graduate with a degree that holds value in the labor market leaving students and their families lost and confused. Alexis McSween’s dream is to help build a better future for these students by creating a construction administration program for high school students.
Alexis McSween is the founder and CEO of Bottom Line Construction & Development, LLC (BLCD). BLCD is a 100% female owned MWBE construction & development firm. BLCD’s Youth Construct program will first focus on building a program for the local youths of Harlem, with future intentions of expanding.11th and 12th graders will be given the opportunity to apply for the program through their curriculum and career counselors. The mission is to create a community for these students where they can gain the skills they need to succeed now and in the future. Currently there are certificates, undergraduate and graduate opportunities for adults, construction trade concentrations in the High Schools, but not enough access to the lucrative industry of construction administration.
Our youth’s entry level employment options are diminishing. Many of the students are not prepared to apply for employment positions that lead towards a financially stable profession .
This curriculum would allow students the opportunity to learn sound construction administration and back office principles that drive the industry. They will also cultivate practical and formal skills through classroom and paid internships, construction bookkeeping principles (percent complete and estimating), utilization of project management software, such as Microsoft Project, Industry mandated OSHA safety certifications and their significances for management and field staff, the new digital onsite & remote environment and it’s effects on the construction industry.
BLCD’s Youth Construct would provide a direct response to the increasing need for skilled back office construction administration for both, public (receives government and or City funds) and private projects.
BLCD’s product could potentially be a partnership of a consortium of schools, government, and larger Construction Management firms to provide a platform for our two-semester curriculum for Juniors and Seniors.
The construction administration certificate provides options to transition into the multitude of construction administrative professions available which include but are not limited to Construction project manager, assistant project manager, project associate, expediter and construction office manager.
These positions could potentially generate a serious interest in the following professions:
- Business Owner
- Real Estate Development
Why Crowd Funding?
BLCD’s initial funding will be seed funds targeted towards supporting curriculum, a structural designer focused on the target demographic, program development and research. Our goal is to build a community for these students where they can thrive. Together, we can work together to create a better future for the youth.
The entire BLCD team, including MaeOla Bolton (former collegiate athlete, coach & WNBA player), Thomas Crawley (Architecture & Design), Mahta Ariarad, (Columbia University Business Fellow) and a host of contributing consultants.
Thank you to our supporters: I Fund Women’s Gingerbread Capital Grant, Team BLCD, Franne McNeal, Doctoral candidate, Rolston O’Connor, Doctoral Candidate, Charles Simms, MBA, Sasha Mesonzhnik and Edgard Hernandez, PTAC