My name is Nick. I’m working on my GED, and by the time I’m done at Urban Boatbuilders I hope to get into trade school for either carpentry or plumbing. When I was at school at Peace Academy, Angela and Maila did a presentation, and I wasn’t working at the time. Since it was an Apprenticeship, working with tools and learning how to build things, I figured it suited me perfectly for a first job. This job will teach me some of the skills I need for either carpentry or plumbing. The first day I walked into Urban Boatbuilders I showed up an hour early for my interview. I sat in the lobby, until a bunch of kids started showing up, and I had my interview with Angela. Looking around the shop I was trying to pick out the tools I knew how to tools and the ones I didn’t know how to use. The day after the interview, Angela called me back to tell me I had the job, and the next week we did the 4-day training. During the training I was using tools I had never used before, but I enjoyed using them and I was good at it. The next week Wednesday was when they decided you got the job – so that was when I officially became an Apprentice.
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite thing to do in the shop, I like working on everything. There are so many things to do and all of them are interesting. There are different techniques to do different jobs. I remember when I was building my paddle, the youth instructor told me how to do it one way, but when I worked on it later I did something different and it still worked. My favorite part about working at Urban Boatbuilders is that this is the first stepping stone to building my career. I could be building lifelong relationships with people in these fields. I feel a sense of accomplishment when we build a boat and it doesn’t sink.
In the picture: Last week, I came to work dressed in purple in honor of Prince. Growing up, Prince was my dad's favorite artist. He always had Prince on the radio, in the car when he dropped me off at the babysitter's, and in the house. Prince is such an influential figure.