Not all youth thrive in a traditional academic setting. Lack of success and disinterest in academics can lead students towards distractions–ones that have lifelong ill effects. Farrington High School no longer has a woodshop and for students who only respond to hands-on learning environments, they have one less reason to care about school.
This academic year, BASIC is working with Farrington High School teacher Mr. Cholk to bring Farrington at-risk youth to the HonCC carpentry shop on a regular basis. On their only day-off during the week, HonCC carpentry students (and BASIC members) have volunteered hours of their day to mentor these youths and open their eyes to opportunities for meaningful work.
The first visit included an introduction and tour of the HonCC Carpentry Department by faculty members Dean Crowell and George Boeman. Carpentry students demonstrated various equipment including the table saw, band saw, and router. The Farrington youth also got to put together a mobile phone stand as their hands-on project.
For their second visit, they were able to get more hands-on with a lesson on sanding with the pneumatic sanders. Carpentry students put together an 8ft picnic table for the Farrington youth to learn how to sand and finish. Upon completion, the Farrington youth will be able to take back a product which they contributed to as a group.
More visits throughout the 2nd semester are scheduled for this group so they can be exposed to more training and improve their skills. Stay tuned for future updates!