Get Involved

Become a student, volunteer, or partner with us.

Become a Student

Do you know a student looking for something fun to do after school? A place they can go to make new friends and learn new skills? How about an opportunity for them to earn money on the sale of their handmade items at the same time?

In our core Teen After School Program, students learn vocational, entrepreneurial and life skills by working with our shop instructors and volunteers. Kids Making It offers strong, adult role models and mentoring relationships (3:1 youth/mentor ratio) that bolster our teens’ self-confidence, social skills and interest in academic achievement. 100% of KMI’s students in the past four years have succeeded academically and graduated from high school!

KMI teaches real world entrepreneurial skills and introduces teens to the free market system. Students have the ability to complete a variety of projects and the option to sell their creations in our retail shop located in downtown Wilmington. They also get to keep 100% of the profit on their sales! This micro-enterprise offers at-risk teens vocational instruction, income and their own “small business” experience.

Our program is for students 13-18 years old and runs year-round (4:00pm – 6:00pm during the school year and 3:00pm – 5:00pm in the summer). Please call to see if your student qualifies before applying.  Applications are accepted year-round!

To apply, fill out a Student Application and return it to:

Kids Making It
617 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

If you have questions about the application process, please give us a call at the shop or send an email.
(910) 763-6001

We love to see new faces in the shop and look forward to getting your student started on their first project!


Do you love woodworking or are you an artist? Want to make a positive impact in a young person’s life? If you answered yes to both of these questions, please consider volunteering at Kids Making It!

We need experienced woodworkers and artists to guide our youth through various projects as part of our After School Program. Classes run from 4-6pm weekdays throughout the school year and 3-5pm during the summer. You can volunteer as often as you like; it is up to you!

To get started, please complete the KMI Volunteer Application and return it to:

Kids Making It
617 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

After your application is reviewed, we will contact you to arrange a tour of our space and a brief interview. The final step before orientation and training is a background check that we run on all applicants.

Should you have any questions about the application process, please call us at (910) 763-6001 and speak with a staff member.

We look forward to meeting you!

Please note: At this time we are unable to accommodate individuals needing to perform community service hours.


Become a Supporting Partner

Kids Making It was started as a volunteer effort with a zero budget back in 1994, in the founder’s woodworking shop in his back yard. Building soapbox racers out of scrap wood and scavenged lawnmower wheels required little in the way of funding back in those days.

Since then, the program has grown tremendously, and now serves over 500 youth per year, from 7 – early adulthood, in five programs, all designed to help kids connect work to income, and providing support and opportunities for youth for the long-haul, long after graduation, to ensure that they become successful adults. As a result, our need for the resources to do this work has grown significantly over the past 24 years.

As Kids Making It grew, we learned early on that running a non-profit is much like running a for-profit business – you have to track expenses closely, develop budgets with an eye toward both needs and resources, and ensure that you somehow raise enough money every year to keep going.

We are very fortunate to have the support of a number of granting agencies and foundations that believe in the work we do and step up to help provide the resources we need to run our programs. However, the reality, as is true for most non-profits, is that we have no recurring funding stream that we can absolutely count on every year, and grants and donations do not cover all of our program needs.

We invite you to consider joining with us, and the generous businesses and foundations listed below, as a supporting partner. To discuss ways in which you can become involved in the success of our kids, please contact us at (910) 763–6001, or

Our Partners