My name is Lawayne. I am attending Como Senior High School as a 9th grader. I love working here, time flies by when I’m here and I really don’t think about nothing when I’m here, I’m all about work and getting things done. When I heard about Urban Boatbuilders it was from my middle school, and I was in a class when I first walked in and saw a boat-looking-thing. It wasn’t a boat that was done, it was being worked on by me and a lot of other kids. I really liked it and was good at it and one day Mike, an instructor, and my teacher talked to me about getting a job here at Urban Boatbuilders and I said yes right away because I loved doing it and still do and I’m happy to be here.
They gave me a chance, I’m only 15. Now I’m on Crew A and I like working with all the people here, they’re nice. I was an Apprentice, and now I’m a Youth Instructor, because after six months you graduate, and you either go on to be a Youth Instructor if you can, or they help you find a new job. But when I first walked into this shop ever, I was happy to see all the new tools and things, cause in the class I had when we were building the boat we had mostly hand tools and in the shop it’s all different types of things. Me, I love using the band saw, it’s easy to me and super fun to use and gets the job done on wood.
Everybody that works here is funny and kind. We have a break too, it starts at 4:30. I can either chill and be on my phone or eat a snack and drink cold water, and after 10 minutes back to work. I like working here and sharing my skills to one another, teaching people how to do things and not being so hard on them – being a cool Youth Instructor. Sometimes it gets hard to teach others, but I keep trying and something a job gets hard to do, but you just gotta keep pushing yourself to do good. After working there you can learn a lot from them, when I first came I didn’t know nothing really. At the end of the day we gather around the table and have a talk about how we did today and how we can do better. I always have a good time here at Urban Boatbuilders.