From left are Kyle Patterson, Leon Thompson, Alexis Pierre, Brothers’ Keeper pre-apprentice; Charise Henry, Jeffson Sylien, Brothers’ Keeper pre-apprentice; and Kenn Price. (Courtesy photo)

The Southwest Mountain States Regional Council of Carpenters represent more than 90,000 members in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon and Alaska.

On Monday, July 31, the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade presented the SWMSRCC pre-apprenticeship programs, Brothers’ Keeper and BOOTS, with $100,000 to help participants overcome the barriers to success, including transportation and childcare.

The goal of the grant and four-week pre-apprenticeship program is to provide disadvantaged groups with the hands-on training needed to succeed in the carpentry trade and the opportunity to improve their lives through a career that provides safety, middle-class wages, and tangible benefits for participants and their families.  The beauty of this program is that no prior experience nor is any college debt required.

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The event presented recent Brothers’ Keeper pre-apprenticeship graduates, current pre-apprenticeship program participants, and recent graduates that have secured employment with stipends to assist with the costs incurred while attending the pre-apprenticeship program, Brothers’ Keeper.

“This partnership has been key as our Council has made it a goal to increase the percentage of African American and female members we have in the field. This goal can only be achieved through collaborative efforts to increase awareness and helping participants overcome the various sets of challenges they may likely face,” said a SWMSRCC spokesperson.

Students in the program received a check to assist with costs incurred while attending the pre-apprenticeship program. (Courtesy photo)

The event took place at the new Local 323 and outreach center located in Carson. The facility is centrally located to service neighboring communities and provide individuals with the opportunity to improve their lives through a career in the trades.

SWMSRCC works with developers and elected leaders to raise the standard of building and living for all workers. As an affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, SWMSRCC is the largest Council in the Brotherhood.

“We are honored to be a partner with Southwest Carpenters.  It is through partnerships like this one that we are able to create life changing opportunities for African American men and women who now have access and the opportunity for a career in the building trades” said Charisse Bremond-Weaver, president/CEO of the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade.

Participants in the recent program included Kyle Patterson, SWMSRCC Special Representative, Charise Henry, VP of Workforce Development at Brotherhood Crusade and the participants of the Brothers’ Keeper and BOOTS Programs.

To learn more, visit the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade website at or the Southwest Mountain States Regional Council of Carpenters website at