The apprenticeship program is a paid job training opportunity where Twin Cities youth develop technical woodworking skills, social and emotional skills, and a connection to local waterways.
The program hires youth who qualify as low-income and/or have employment barriers and they have the option to participate from 3 - 12 months.
Technical: safe tool use, measurement, wood species identification
Social & Emotional: receiving feedback, cultivating a growth mindset, working within a diverse team
Career Readiness: offsite field trips to work sites & college campuses, mock interviews, resume writing, financial literacy, goal setting
Apprentices work alongside Urban Boatbuilders instructors learning technical boat building skills while earning money. Once the boats are finished, apprentices get to enjoy their hard work by launching and paddling them in nearby lakes. In the spring and fall apprentices go on a canoe and camping trip on a nearby river, and in August they go on a five-day trip to the Boundary Waters with homemade boats and paddles in tow.
It’s a comprehensive program that seeks to empower youth through hands-on learning projects while working to expand the possibilities and paths they envision for their futures.
- 16 - 19 years of age at the time of application
Be eligible for free or reduced price lunch or have a barrier to employment, including but not limited to students with IEPs, limited English proficiency, juvenile offenders and youth in diversion programs, youth with chemical dependency issues, or youth who are parenting. This is only a guideline. If you are not sure if you qualify, please apply.
- Young women are strongly encouraged to apply.