My name is Joseph Romero. I am attending Harding Senior High School as a 12th grader. I enjoy working with wood and using different types of tools, so when I heard about Urban Boatbuilders I was very interested. I heard about Urban Boatbuilders from my social worker, she showed and suggested the Apprenticeship program to me after I shared my work interest with her. Once I had the information I needed, I instantly applied online. A few days later, I received an email from Urban Boatbuilders’ instructor Angela asking me to set up an interview. A week later I was starting as in Apprentice at Urban Boatbuilders! I started as an Apprentice mid-January and I have enjoyed working here ever since.
At Urban Boatbuilders, a typical day starts by gathering around a table with my crew (Crew A). We discuss the tasks needed to be done and decide who’s responsible for that particular task. Once everyone has a task to do we get to work. Sometimes there are tasks an individual can do but the majority of the time I’m working with someone or multiple people on the same project. I enjoy working by myself and with others. The tasks they ask me to do are never super difficult but do require you to pay attention, most of the time because there are specific procedures.
At 4:30 every day, someone yells “BREAK!” and I either make myself a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, continue whatever I was already doing, relax, or my favorite, juggle the soccer ball! But once ten minutes are up it's time to go back to work. Typically we start to clean up fifteen minutes before 6:00, but on Tuesdays my crew & I have to clean earlier because it’s our “Big Clean Day”. This is when we try to clean the shop as thoroughly as we can; Crew B has to do the same on Thursdays. After everything is cleaned, we gather back into the circle and reflect on how the day went.
After working here at Urban Boatbuilders for a couple of months, I have leaned new techniques, made new friends and had a blast!