With more of our youth participants remaining engaged with The Crucible for five years or more, we have more older students seeking professional mentorship, advanced skills training, and career readiness programs.
In response, The Crucible’s Pre-Apprentice Program teaches a broad range of metalworking techniques, provides opportunities for public demonstration and community site visits, and builds skills through networking opportunities and collaboration on public art projects.
What They Have To Say
I learned the technical and artistic aspects of welding, along with the business opportunities I have with that. This program has helped illuminate the amazing opportunities out there, where I can actually put my skills to work!
An opportunity like this doesn’t come often, so when I was given this chance I took it to heart. I love this program because it let me work with my friends as a team. The gate we fabricated gave me joy – I hope the community it goes to feels the same way.
A lot of the people I have met here are just trying to support me and make me get better at many things. I feel like because of all of that support, I can also support other students here in Oakland.
This has made me more of an outgoing person. I was really shy. And The Crucible really opened my mind to more of what I can do.
Watch Our Pre-Apprentices In Action
Community Art Project
Meet a few of our pre-apprentices, Adrian, Jazzy, and Robert, and learn about their public art project for City Slicker Farms.
Since 2008, Robert has been a student, intern, teacher’s assistant, and pre-apprentice at the Crucible, and is a testament to and source of pride for our Youth Program.
For over 10 years, Maliq has been learning, making art, and teaching young makers to work with metal at The Crucible.