The after school Apprenticeship Program offers an opportunity for youth to develop academic and workplace readiness skills through the building and use of wooden boats.
Apprentices work alongside an Urban Boatbuilders instructor 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.
The Apprenticeship Program hires youth who qualify as low-income and/or have employment barriers. In addition to gaining woodworking skills, apprentices attend field trips to different work environments and participate in skill-building workshops such as resume writing, job interviewing and goal setting. 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.