by Natasha von Kaenel
Our 2017 Fuego Youth Leaders had a great summer, shadowing instructors, working as teaching assistants, visiting local industrial arts studios, and making final projects in their disciplines! For many of these students, mentorship through the Fuego Youth Leadership Program helped them feel more comfortable expressing their ideas, developing their expertise, and learning how to share it with the next generation. Skills they can now build on for the rest of their lives! See what our graduates have to say about their two summers creating in the industrial arts, then check out our first year Fuego Leaders completed projects below.
In order to participate in the Fuego Youth Leadership Program, students must have completed at least three Crucible classes and be recommended by Crucible faculty or staff. Each Fuego student is paired with an experienced faculty instructor for two summers, with the goal of developing career skills, establishing rewarding relationships with mentors, and becoming leaders. Fuego positions are paid and participants work as summer camp teaching assistants, provide industrial arts demonstrations onsite and at Oakland festivals and cultural events, and mentor younger students.