Because of your generosity, youth in our neighborhoods can discover making, entrepreneurship, and the realization of their dreams at The Foundry.
Every year, students and young adults find success in hands-on skill building, digital literacy through computer-assisted design, manufacturing workforce placements, and entrepreneurship in our 4 makerspaces.
In 2022, The Foundry served over 200 students, of which 80% were from low-income families & households, and paid youth over $10,000 in student stipends for participating in our programs.
William Foster, a 19 year old student, has excelled through The Foundry pathway from building and getting paid through FOUNDRYmade, to innovating in the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, and now currently enrolled in The Foundry's Making + Manufacturing program on a track towards certification and a manufacturing career placement.
"The programs at The Foundry made me more confident in having conversations with people. It's made me more confident with working with tools, and most important... making me more confident as a person."
You can help kids like Will find their confidence, sense of belonging, and belief that they can accomplish anything. We plan to increase our youth program offerings in 2023, and your support can help get us there. Your investment today guarantees that The Foundry continues directly paying and uplifting students - remaining a place of inspiration, innovation, and opportunity for this next generation of makers.
Together, we thank you!
We're getting a CNC Plasma Cutter
To say we're excited is an understatement. Because of your support and belief in The Foundry, our Giving Tuesday campaign was a HUGE success with a total of $5,345 raised.
This amazing tool will really change the game and provide so many opportunities for young people, entrepreneurs, and community makers in our makerspaces. We can’t wait to see what creations will be made!
Support Local & Handmade This Holiday Season
This Saturday!! December 10 / 10am - 4pm
Find your handmade holiday gifts here at The Foundry during our Annual Holiday Market! Our students, small business tenants, as well as other local vendors will be setting up shop.
FREE TO ATTEND. All are welcome!
Students in our day program with OLV Human Services have been hard at work this semester creating gifts in the tech lab. They will be selling these wares on Dec. 7 and 8 at the following markets, we hope you can stop by!
December 7, 10am-2pm - Ciminelli Holiday Market @ Fountain Plaza
December 8, 10-11:30am - Holiday Market @ Seneca One Tower
Work-based learning with OLV Human Services gets students out of the classroom and into the studio or lab for hands-on, real-life opportunities in skills development. Students collaborate to design and build community-based projects and items for sale with educators in our metalshop, woodshop, and tech lab.
Big Build Raffle
It's not too late to purchase a Big Build Raffle ticket!
We're giving away two handmade floating shelves - built by our talented board vice president!
Drawing will take place after our Holiday Market on Dec. 10.
Fill out THIS FORM and sign up for Winter Volunteering
Shop Supervisors: Open Maker Hours are Mondays 6-9pm and Saturdays 9-1pm. If you are skilled in wood, metal, tech or textile - please reach out! We are asking for 1 volunteer shift per month (you select what time and what shop works for you). Email [email protected] if interested.
Thank you for supporting The Foundry, and hope to see you here soon!
The Foundry Staff