Youth Programs

The Foundry partners with schools and community agencies to provide after school programming. 

Health Sciences Charter School

Youth Woodworking Program
10 students Age 14-17

A semester long program which takes students through a series of projects that introduces woodworking skills to create a cross-walk experience from applied academic content to real world skills that helps foster a desire to step up and engage in other positive activities outside of school. The program also focuses on design skills and introduces students into STEM related fields. Students work on projects in the Woodshop and Tech Lab.

Boys & Girls Club

Community Project
6 students Age 14+

The Boys and Girls Club has teamed up with The Foundry to build a wedding trellis for the Outer Harbor. Students often have limited access to hands on experiences that give them an introduction to different careers in the trades and STEM fields. By working at The Foundry students are able to explore and gain hands-on experience to understand what careers in those field might be like. Students are also exposed to what it means to be an entrepreneur and how important it is to have a supportive network that nurtures their business ideas. Students meet in the woodshop and are guided through the construction process by an instructor.

The WAY to life Program- Baker Victory Services

Building Skills and Entrepreneurship Exploration
6 students, Age 14-21

Since 2014, The Foundry has worked with The WAY Program. Students have learned how to hang drywall, paint, install trim, and build woodworking projects. Many of the walls you see inside The Foundry were built in part with their help! Students work weekly with an instructor on varying projects through the school year. 

Baker Victory Services - Residential Program

Community Project
6 students, Ages 14-17

To help develop career awareness and assist with academic engagement through applied math and science, The Foundry partners with Baker Victory Services school program. Students started off the semester by hosting a design session with Tri-Main’s Community Development Coordinator and local architect Kevin Connors. With their help, students began a creative design process which highlighted iconic structures in Buffalo using reclaimed metal scraps and incorporates a green roof. The outdoor shelter will be completed in June 2017. Students use The Foundry's metal and woodshop to fabricate panels for the outdoor shelter. 

YouthBuild AmeriCorps

Service Learning
32 students, Ages 17-24 years old

YouthBuild is a training and GED program. In 2016, YouthBuild started their service year here at The Foundry where they framed, drywalled and painted 10 new spaces allowing us to increase our business incubation capacity by 8 new residents, host classes and community meetings in our new classroom and community space. YouthBuild is lead by a certified contractor who instructs the crew through various worksite projects at non-profits and Habitat for Humanity homes.

Job Shadows

The Foundry has hosted job shadows for middle-high school age students which allows them to peer into the life of our small business owners and understand the skills and education necessary to run their own shops.


In 2016, The Foundry hosted 11 tours for elementary, middle and high school students. 

If you have a community project such as benches or raised beds for a community garden, public art, etc. please contact us to coordinate this special learning opportunity! E-mail: