Meet Our Young Makers
Meet Taaj, Tim and Quinn – Three of our Artisans in Would Works’ Young Makers Program.
The Young Makers Program provides youth the opportunity to learn the beginning fundamentals of woodworking. At WW they learn to fabricate homeware products and furniture all the while gaining experience using tools and machines in the wood shop that will prepare them for jobs when they graduate from our program.
“Something that’s really changed about me – My communication skills. You gotta’ have that in this adult world, if you don’t, you’re not going to be able to survive” said Taaj.
WW youth program will introduce at-promise young people experiencing homelessness to the craft of woodworking and design. In addition to building these tangible skills, the young Artisans will also develop their soft job skills such as collaboration, communication, self confidence, goal setting and follow through. These skills are valuable in a professional setting, but also instrumental to success in the rest of life.
“When we go to events, we also reach out to other people and let them know about our program. That’s how we’re making an impact for others as well” said Tim.
Our young artisans learn these essential skills while taking field trips to lumber yards, pop up recruitment and sales events and furniture installments. In addition to communicating with our staff and one another, they are able to network with other professionals within the community giving way to future opportunities.
Thank you to the California Arts Council!
With the support of JUMP StARTS, we recently received an extension of the original $50,000 grant for another $25,000! The JUMP StArts program supports arts and culture education, apprenticeship and/or mentorship for system-engaged, system-impacted, and/or at-promise youth and young people through the age of 24.
To learn more about our Young Makers program, CLICK HERE!
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