“It means a lot to us to be supported by the Port of Oakland, a major employer in the industrial trades and a historic and impactful Oakland organization dedicated to supporting career pathways for young people,” says Susan Mernit, The Crucible’s Executive Director. “Here in the studios, we have seen firsthand how early exposure to working with your hands can get a young person engaged and excited about future work in the industrial trades, STEM, and artisan craftsmanship.”
Luana España, Community Affairs Representative for the Port of Oakland, emphasized they’re focused on supporting work that will serve those in Oakland, Alameda, Emeryville, San Leandro, and communities in the Port’s Local Business Area in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
“Through our Workforce Development & Education giving area we support institutions like The Crucible that ensure youth from our local communities are exposed to career pathways in the industrial trades and educational opportunities that can turn into good-paying jobs in the future,” Luana explained.
Our youth programs are the first step in a complete pathway to young people working in the industrial trades and seeing the connection between theoretical math skills and applied learning. In The Crucible’s studios, youth can accomplish everything from building an art bike in the Bike Shop to pouring molten metal in the Foundry.
We are excited to welcome in 100 more students for free classes thanks to the Port of Oakland’s support!