This week, eleven high school students came together at The Crucible to begin their four-week Fuego Youth Leadership Program. The program, now in its thirteenth year, is an opportunity for Bay Area teens to expand their industrial arts skills under the guidance of a mentor while also supporting Youth Summer Camp instructors in the classroom.
For the past two summers, we’ve held modified programs due to COVID-19-related restrictions. In 2020, five Fuego youth Leaders returned for a shortened two-week program, and last summer, all Fuego Youth Leaders were first-year participants. This is our first summer in three years where new and returning Fuego Youth Leaders will work alongside each other.
We’re also welcoming back one of our Fuego Youth Leaders from last summer, Ashala Jones, who is taking on a new role as our Fuego Assistant. She will be supporting our Fuego Coordinator, Nico Chen, and have the opportunity to continue working in our Ceramics department.
This summer we have Leaders participating in eight departments, including Bike Shop, Blacksmithing, Glass Blowing, Glass Flameworking, Jewelry, and Welding. Get to know our 2022 cohort below and stay tuned throughout the summer for updates on their art and leadership development.