My name is Lily Vraa. I have been working at Urban Boatbuilders for almost three months now. I started working here unsure of what to expect. It’s a job that prepares youth for future jobs and gets us working with our hands and applying our personal craftiness to the projects we work on in the shop. In my opinion, Urban Boatbuilders has given me a space and time to learn more about my own interpretation when creating a collaborative product, leadership while still working cooperatively with others, and an understanding of the many diverse jobs that are great opportunities for me and other job seekers. With my first job, I began in customer service oriented work, retail, food businesses, etc. After discovering Urban Boatbuilders, I was introduced to a very different, productive, and more satisfying type of work: Work that exercises our problem solving skills while working with others to produce well-crafted boats and personal projects. I valued the chance to exercise my creativity in my work and practice my time management.
The environment at Urban Boatbuilders holds a friendliness that invites anyone to enjoy the fun and creativity that takes place in the shop. The instructors here believe in the Apprentices’ ability to do anything they dedicate themselves to, and to make the right decisions when building in the workplace. They encourage us to try and figure out any problems we run into or when we’re just starting a new project we haven’t tried before. They are always there and more than happy to help out. The people at Urban Boatbuilders are truly what makes the space as bright and fun as it is. They’re also the reason for the great work that comes out of the shop! I haven’t been more thankful and honored to work anywhere but here. I will be sad to leave but utterly grateful for the skills being an Apprentice has given me.