Our ProgramsWe have an array of woodworking programs to suit all ages.
Kids Making It (KMI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth woodworking program that teaches valuable vocational, entrepreneurial and life skills to at-risk, low income and disadvantaged youth. Our goal for every student we serve is for them to stay in school, stay out of trouble and transition successfully into either the workplace or college.
- Teaches woodworking, life and entrepreneurial skills in a fun and rewarding environment
- Students have access to valuable opportunities and resources while they make new friends and learn skills that can last them a lifetime
- Offers strong, adult role models and mentoring relationships that bolster self-confidence, social skills and interest in academic achievement.
- Creates young entrepreneurs who have the opportunity to keep or sell their work in our Castle Street gift shop, at festivals and other events where they can earn 100% of the profit from the sale of any items they have made
- Classes operate Monday-Friday 4pm – 6pm during the school year and 3pm – 5pm during the summer months. Applications are accepted year round! Please contact us to see if your teen is eligible for our free after-school program.
- Serving older teens and young adults, the program introduces career options and pathways to jobs in the skilled trades
- Kids Making It partners with area professionals and contractors to teach the basics of the construction trades, such as electrical, plumbing, masonry, construction carpentry and HVAC
- Students have one-on-one guidance to secure entry-level positions on job sites, apprenticeships with area contractors, and/or pathways to continuing education programs
- Ground Breaking Spring 2018 – KMI is adding 4,300 square feet to our existing building! The increase in shop space will allow us to work with more students and serve as home to our Skilled Trades Program
- Upcoming classes
- Offers young adults paid part-time positions producing custom orders and laser engraved products, generating revenue that is used to help support KMI’s free public youth programs
- Acts as a stepping stone from high school to long-term employment by teaching employable vocational skills, training students to use state-of-the-art machinery (laser engraver, CNC router, etc.) and assisting with job placement
- Offers older teens work experience, as well as job skills training by connecting them to paid summer jobs with local employers
- In partnership with the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence
- Applications are typically accepted each year
- Younger kids get a chance to learn some woodworking basics
- Kids Making It collaborates with other youth organizations such as the Carousel Center, Brigade B&G Club, Domestic Violence Shelter, NHC schools and many others to offer free classes
- Students complete simple projects to take home
- Free building activities are also offered at community events such as Riverfest, Rock the Block and many other art and children’s festivals throughout the year. Please “Like” us on Facebook to keep informed of these opportunities.