O.U.R.S. & Y.O.U.R.S. Bench Building Workshop

One of our first and most fulfilling partnerships, Building Community collaborated with undergraduate mentors (Youth Outreach Undergraduates Reshaping Success) and a local youth group (Opportunity, Understanding, Respect, Success) to teach a bench-building workshop during the Fall of 2015. The purpose of this workshop was to cultivate creative empowerment through the enriching process of teaching and learning basic building skills. Several Building Community members taught a youth group ranging in ages from 12 to 18 about mixing and pouring concrete, dimensioning lumber, cutting wood, and safety techniques.  In the absence of facilities to accommodate this kind of cross-community collaboration, the O.U.R.S & Y.O.U.R.S workshop also demonstrated need for a safe and communal “making” space.

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