The Foundry has offered hands-on learning options for youth since 2013. Programs have run in all makerspace areas - Technology, Textiles, Metal and Wood. Students develop new skills in our shops and labs. Young people collaborate on interactive projects, master new technologies, deepen important areas of interest, and explore new career possibilities.

Tours - The Foundry hosts tours for elementary, middle and high school students. Visits will be available when we are onsite again, active and open! Schedule a future tour date with us by emailing:



Youth Entrepreneurship Program:

Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons this Fall! This afterschool program (4PM-6PM) for young adults (11th and 12th graders) starts on September 22nd and is generously sponsored by theCiminelli Real Estate Corporation.Click here to sign up!


Advanced Manufacturing Program in partnership with The Service Collaborative of WNY

Know someone 17-25 years old (must turn 18 by the end of program) who is either interested in 'making' OR developing skills using machines for 'small-batch-manufacturing' OR a new pathway towards a higher paying entry level position in Buffalo? Pass on the information!

Click here to sign up or learn more


Click a program title below to learn more and to view student projects       

Afterschool & Select Weekends

Programs at The Foundry support computer- assisted-design and making in all four of our makerspaces. Thanks to grant-funding, student groups from Buffalo neighborhoods join us for afterschool classes. Offerings combine art, craft, STEM or STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

Workforce Development Day Programs

Partnering with local schools and agencies, we offer day programs that equip students to build projects for the community. Students explore exciting areas for future career opportunities or fulfill Career Development & Occupational Studies (CDOS) requirements.