Youth Program & Kids Activities in The Bay Area

The Crucible Youth Program seeks to expose young people of diverse backgrounds to the fine and industrial arts. Through intensive and engaging programs such as classes, field trips, and workshops, students participate in multidisciplinary activities. We are dedicated to promoting healthy youth development and strengthening youth competencies in industrial arts, leadership, and skill building.

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The goals of The Crucible’s Youth and Community Outreach Program are to:

• Engage youth in relevant, intensive, and inspiring classes, workshops, field trips, community service projects, and special events.

• Create significant relationships with key stakeholders: youth, parents, schools, and community-based organizations.

• Inspire a new generation of fine and industrial artists to enrich the community.



For young, creative artists, we offer spring and summer camps. These kids activities are fun and educational. Youth explore in classes ranging from blacksmithing, flameworking, welding and jewelry making. These camps are an excellent introduction to our fiery Crucible youth classes! Youth complete projects such as welded sculpture, glass tiles and mosaics, robots and gizmos, glass tube sculpture and more, while they learn basic rules of science, physics and chemistry.

Did you know that day-camps such as these can give you a tax break?
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(The Crucible’s Tax ID: 52-2137825)

Our convenient weekend classes are specially designed for youth and parents with busy schedules. These popular classes allow students to immerse themselves in our unique kids activities, such as glass art and woodcarving with expert instructors.

Our after school classes are an exciting alternative to traditional after school programs. Youth discover their own creativity and learn in exciting classes. What better way to end the school day, than cutting loose with a welded sculpture class or glass flameworking class? The Youth Program offers after school kids activities throughout the school year.

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Youth Workshops

The Crucible has hosted several youth workshops with local schools and organizations. Working in collaboration with local educational programs, these projects have taught youth skills to create a specific project under the instruction of Crucible faculty. Past collaborations include Girls Inc., The Drew School, Athenian School, Cathedral School for Boys, KIPP Bridge Charter School and Cole Middle School. Workshops are project-based opportunities for students to participate in a group project or create individual projects. Workshops have been designed primarily to facilitate team building opportunities as well as individual exploration of the arts.

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Community Collaborations

The Crucible has successfully partnered with local Oakland and Alameda County schools and youth groups on public art projects. Past projects include the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Sculpture funded by the Alameda County Office of Education and a summer program to creat a wheelchair accessible ramp with 20 youth collaborating with educators, community members and artists. The Crucible has made a commitment to offer four community service projects annually. These projects are designed as collaborative activities that bring together different members of our Oakland community. If you are interested in having The Crucible host a workshop or participate in collaboration with your organization, please contact

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Youth Field Trip Program

Our school and community field trips program is a dynamic part of our organization. Through this program, we provide youth with demonstrations by artists and industry experts. These field trips support learning in areas such as mathematics, science, art, and world culture. Participants learn about the processes, tools, materials and applications of industrial arts and are inspired to make connections between arts and science. The Crucible staff works closely with educators to create a meaningful and exciting educational experience.

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Bike Program

The Crucible offers two great programs for West Oakland youth: The Crucible’s Earn-A-Bike teaches youth to overhaul and repair donated bicycles. To earn a bike, a program participant fixes a bicycle. The Crucible also offers Bike Fix-A-Thons. During a Fix-A-Thon, West Oakland residents can bring bicycles to be repaired. Mechanics patch and replace tubes, work on wheels and tires, repair cables, gears, and chains, adjust and repair seats and handlebars. Throughout the repair process the mechanics explain their work to the youth in order to deepen their understanding of bike repair and maintenance. During these Fix-A-Thon, The Crucible offers tours of our facility to expose people various facets of the fine and industrial arts. This is a free event for all West Oakland residents!

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ERV: Educational Response Vehicle

ERV, The Crucible’s Educational Response Vehicle, is a restored 1960 International fire truck with a full metal shop on board. Demonstrations of glass flame working, welding, torch cutting, casting and blacksmithing take place on the traveling ERV. This mobile educational vehicle allows The Crucible to serve the needs of local schools with interesting and engaging demonstrations.

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Jefferson Award Winners

We are proud to announce that Kristy Alfieri, our Education Director, and Carla Hall, Youth and Community Manager, are recent recipients of the Bay Area Jefferson Awards. The Jefferson Awards were founded to be a sort of Nobel Prize for public service, with the goal to inspire others to become involved in community and public service at the local level. Jefferson Awards recipients are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward. Congratulations to Kristy and Carla!

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• Parents must accompany youth to the first day of class and must bring a COMPLETED parental consent
form and medical authorization form
to the first class. Youth will not be able to participate without a
completed parental consent form for each class.
• Youth 12 and older can sign up with Adults for any Family Fun class. At the time of registration the name of
the youth under 18 and date of birth must be communicated. This can be done over the phone or in the comment section online. A parental consent form must be filled out and brought with the student to the
first class.
• Youth 16 and older can sign up for an adult class with the consent of the instructor. This must be done in person or over the phone. At this time we need the youth’s name and date of birth. A parental consent form must be filled out and brought with the student to the first class.
• If your child will be in class all day, he/she should bring a sack lunch. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.
• The Crucible does not allow weapon making in youth classes.
• Please notify staff of ANY physical, social, behavioral or emotional health conditions.
• Before and after-care is not provided.

Youth Program Annual Reports (PDF)