Workforce Development and Make-it for Community


Experiential learning meets school-based standards as students explore career options in woodworking, metalworking and the maker-based technologies located in our shops and labs.

We currently partner with  WNY YouthBuild (ages 16-24), OLV Human Services (ages 14-21), and Health Sciences Charter School (9-12th grade). Primarily in semester-long programs, students develop different skill sets and build pathways towards potential careers by collaborating on specific community-based projects.  We celebrate all building projects with on-site ribbon-cutting events to recognize student success and the work achieved. 

Each year we select a small number of proposals to construct for the community. If your organization would like to collaborate on developing a student designed and fabricated project, please start the process by completing  this form

Some projects students have completed:

  • Little Pantries for Feed Buffalo
  • Little Libraries for neighborhood organizations
  • Game/picnic table for BRRAlliance, Dearborn Street Community Garden
  • Glass and restored metal tables for outdoor dining at the Northland Workforce Training Center 
  • Construction of new incubator spaces for on-site entrepreneurs at The Foundry
  • Mobile market carts for The African Heritage Food Co-op and Ground
  • Benches, a trellis, and a giant Adirondack chair for the Outer Harbor
  • Blue bike racks for sites around Buffalo
  • Garbage receptacles, signs and planters for local community gardens
  • Outdoor seating for WEDI’s Grant Street office.


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