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Transportation YOU



Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers. Through the program, WTS-KC works to make a difference in the lives of young girls by offering programs and activities that will spark their interest in all modes of transportation and encourage them to take courses in math, science, and technology, which are the stepping stones to exciting careers that can change the face of the transportation industry. The WTS-KC Transportation YOU committee has been providing events and mentoring to students in the Kansas City metropolitan area since 2016.


Transportation YOU hosts quarterly events that introduce girls to jobs in the transportation field. 


We strive to provide diversity in the types of events offered and the careers types within transportation that are featured. We highlight all aspects of transportation from engineering, planning, design, project management, marketing, communications, and more. There is a career for everyone in this field!

Past events have included:

  • Testing out the BNSF train simulator at Johnson County Community College to see what it’s like to drive a train
  • Touring the Kansas City Scout Observation Room at the MoDOT Kansas City District Office to understand how traffic flows are managed on state roadway
  • Fall_in_Love_with_Transportation_2019Learning how to diagnose a street and do simple bike repairs with BikeWalkKC
  • Walking along the Lewis and Clark Viaduct Bridge Reconstruction project to see all the factors of construction, including crane operation on a barge

At all events, there is a hands-on component that applies the information from the tour and/or presentation to put skills to the test.

Transportation YOU also hosts an annual event called “Fall in Love with 

Transportation” that brings together female professionals in various transportation fields to network with students. This year, the event is focused on aviation and the new airport being constructed in Kansas City. 


This year's event was hosted at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport and featured a tour of the airport facilities, a brief presentation about the importance of aviation and how it impacts Kansas City, a hands-on activity (paper airplane competition!), and speed mentoring rotations with female professionals in the aviation industry.

Join Us!

If you'd like to join the Transportation YOU committee or are a school or community group interested in partnering with Transportation YOU, pleasecontact Tresa Carter-Hahs



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