Hammer & Saw: Youth Building Community
We are very excited to announce the formation of a new non-profit organization here in Vancouver:
Hammer and Saw: Youth Building Community!
We are an organization committed to cultivating community connectedness and hands-on learning for marginalized youth in Vancouver. Our goals are to empower youth through transferable skills training in wood and metal-work, and to build projects that respond directly to community identified needs. Hammer and Saw is built around the principles of experiential learning, namely that participants learn and grow best through first-hand experience. Renee Michaud and Tobias Atkinson, who are both graduates of BCIT Technology Teacher Education, are the founders of this organization and will also be the program's facilitators.
Our goal is to run a 2 week pilot this summer with 15 youth participants from East Vancouver, and we need to raise $5000 in order to pay for program supplies, shop space and a lunch program for the youth. We need your help!
Again, this funding will make it possible for us to acquire a community work space, tools and materials required for our community project, as well as provide a lunch program. We have the skills, passion and the framework to make Hammer & Saw a reality, and this money will make it possible for us to offer an inspiring first experience for our participants and build a strong foundation for the future of our organization!
Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions. Thank you so much for supporting youth empowerment, skill building and community connectedness in East Vancouver!
Feel free to check out our website and keep an eye on our Facebook page.
Tobias and Renee of Hammer and Saw: Youth Building Community
Time has flown and we find ourselves and our fantastic participants at the end of our East Vancouver workshop as of this Saturday. We have been blessed with so much generosity from local vendors providing wholesome and delicious hot lunches over these weeks, Britannia Community Services providing such a fantastic space, the Vancouver Tool Library for donating many of our much needed building implements, a supportive and amazing board of directors and all our many supporters out there who have found ways, big and small, to help make this project become a reality.
Our final session this Saturday will be spent finishing the assembly of our garden beds, enjoying a fun and creative carving session with a talented local first nations carver, Joe Boulton and a little party to celebrate all our hard work, the people that made it all possible and the completion of our fantastic community project.
We will be sure to post photos soon :)
Huge thanks to our super supportive board of directors, our generous lunch donor for tomorrow's session, Liquids and Solids, The Vancouver Tool Library and Britannia Community Services and so importantly, all of you, our supportive donors. We have so much gratitude for helping us make this dream a reality!
Lunch was a delicious hit with pizzas from Famosa Neopolitain Pizzaria and such generous donations from Uprising Breads Bakery and Discovery Organics.
Folks at The Vancouver Tool Library were such a great help this morning getting set up with all our tools! Thanks Bill :) huge thanks also to Britannia Teen Centre and Britannia Community Services Centre for being such helpful hosts and such a great support.
Feels great to be rolling with our East Vancouver chapter, learning, laughing and 'building' community!
Watari Counselling & Support Services
Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
UNYA - Urban Native Youth Association
Fantastic progressions and community connections! Thanks for the stellar update Hammer and Saw!!
this is such an awesome project, you two are swell :)
rock on hammer and saw!! keep up the good work!