Afterschool and Weekend Sessions

Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP)

With the support of Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, The Foundry offers afterschool entrepreneurship programs for 10th + 11th grade youth. Students design and make their own products and sell them on e-commerce as they learn the ins and outs of running a business. Below are some past examples of products made and sold by students at The Foundry! During December and June, you can purchase some of these products through our e-commerce store. All sales support and pay students as they learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur.


STEM and STEAM Programs  

In our Tech and Textile Labs, students (7-12th grade) gain practical insight into making and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) concepts. Applying these principles in their own projects, students develop new and powerful designs. Examples of past sessions:

  • 12th graders have learned about coding and interactivity by creating a set of creatures that "swim" (rise and fall), wave or growl. 
  • Two different groups of students (6th graders and 10th graders) have worked with us to construct laser-cut nightlights with built-in motion sensors that we designed for younger students. A bit of coding, soldering and even 3D printing was involved.
  • 5th graders joined us to create interactive fireflies from recycled materials and small electronic components. The little creatures light up when you wave at them - a great way to learn more about light, energy and circuits.
  • 8th graders developed a collection of sewn stuffed animals with embedded circuits, which they made for younger students.  LED “eyes” soldered to tiny sensors light up when noses or beak are touched.

In past sessions we have partnered with Health Sciences Charter School (9-12th grade), Boys & Girls Club (5th-8th grade), Futures Academy (7-8th grade) and Tapestry Charter School (5th grade). We work to offer at least two STEAM sessions each Fall and Spring, and have the capacity to support 8 students in each program.  Special thanks to The Margaret L Wendt Foundation, The Garman Family Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, and The Emerging Philanthropists of Color for their grants in support of our STEM and STEAM sessions.


If you would like more information or wish to support the growth of our afterschool programs, please contact [email protected]