Spring Lake Park Paddles
This school year, Urban Boatbuilders started a project at Spring Lake Park High School, during which one of our instructors led boatbuilding class for students instead of a regular high school woodshop class. The first group of students spent the trimester learning how to craft paddles. They’ve now successfully finished their paddles, and this coming trimester are moving onto building boats!
The students’ paddle-making prowess was honed along with many of the 21st century skills deemed by MHA Labs to be essential to academic and career success. While the students crafted their paddles, learning many basic skills of craftsmanship, they also learned resilience in problem solving and perseverance. Another component of the class was focused on how to set and work toward goals.
With the paddles done, the students who have elected to continue the boatbuilding class will move on to what we at Urban Boatbuilders consider the most exciting: building boats! This advanced class of students will increase their craftsmanship abilities, and in the process learn to use many new tools. Among those tools are the table saw and the bandsaw, the latter of which they will be tested on next week. Good luck to the Spring Lake Park students, and we hope you enjoy your second trimester of boatbuilding.
Kare 11 Spotlight on Apprenticeship
Last week, Kare 11’s Dylan Wohlenhaus visited Urban Boatbuilders and interviewed instructors and Apprentices about their experiences. The story aired on the Saturday morning news.
Jose, a graduated Apprentice, now a Youth Instructor, spoke to Wohlenhaus about how he ended up at Urban Boatbuilders, as well as about the sense of community fostered among the Apprentices. "Not everyone is the same," says Jose. "Everyone is different, everyone has a different way of seeing things here. So It brings a good community here of kids."
Kare 11 later published the video on their website, available here. Please check it out, and share it with your friends and family! Urban Boatbuilders is thrilled to have such positive media exposure of what we do here. We’re thankful for the support of the Twin Cities community that allows us continue to do what we do best: Build youth, one boat at a time!
Give to the Max Day Success
On November 12th, 2015 (Give to the Max Day), Urban Boatbuilders hosted an Open House and Celebration at our workshop! Apprentices and alumni came together for a twelve-hour kayak build, our volunteers gave tours of our shop, and guests bid on items from local businesses in a silent auction. Contributions from local grocery stores and caterers helped us provide breakfast and dinner to those who came to watch the live build.
The following Saturday, Urban Boatbuilders hosted a Tool and Boat Sale, during which we sold tools that had accumulated over the years in our workshop, as well as tools that were generously donated by members of our community. When we opened at 9 a.m., there was a line out the door! Brats were available for lunch, as well as beer from Lake Monster Brewing, which recently opened up down the street from our workshop.
Throughout the weekend, our guests and supporters truly embraced the Minnesotan spirit of giving. Many local businesses donated gift cards and other items for our silent auction. Between our event, the sale, and a match from our board and volunteers, we raised more than $26,000! We’d like to thank our community once again for this outpouring of support, and we hope you’ll continue to help us in our mission of positive youth development in the years to come!
Urban Boatbuilders is Mpls St. Paul's Best of 2015!
In addition to the feature on Kare 11, Urban Boatbuilders was highlighted this month in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine’s Best of the Year 2015 issue! The extra-large issue highlights things the magazine staff love about the Twin Cities, with Urban Boatbuilders under the spotlight on page 78 of the issue. Included was a photo of the Apprentices’ 2012 trip to the Boundary Waters, with four Apprentices guiding their hand-built canoes through a calm northern lake.
Check out the December 2015 Mpls. St. Paul Magazine to see Urban Boatbuilders once again highlighted in local media! Thanks again to our community for the encouragement and support.
Boat Joke of the Month
There was a big sale at the boat store…
...it was quite the oar deal!