'Magic Camp' teaches young girls about nontraditional career opportunities

A new camp in Wichita is teaching young girls about nontraditional career opportunities.

The camp, called "magic" doesn't teach the girls any magic tricks. The magic is mentoring a girl in construction.

"I want them to understand that they can do anything they want to do and that there are careers out there that are nontraditional that will allow them to make a lot of money," says Doria Wilson, Kansas Department of Transportation Civil Rights Administrator.

With the "Magic Camp," girls ranging in age from 13 to 18 get hands-on learning experience in construction and other, typically male-dominated industries.

The camp and the equipment the girls take home are free.

"It was hands-on. I'm a really hands-on person," says Genelly Chavez-Lopez, participating in the camp.

Community Service Representative Kameelah Alexander says she hopes the girls understand "the sky is the limit when it comes to options."

"Magic Camp has been going on for several years in Topeka, but this is the first time its been in Wichita.

"Now that I'm getting started in it, I'm actually kind of interested in majoring in something like this," Chavez-Lopez says of learning construction skills.

The camp, starting about 9 a.m. and running until about 4:30 p.m. each day, is going on until Friday.