Each year, The Crucible’s Youth Programs offer industrial arts education to thousands of young people, ages 8-24. Through engaging and inspiring workshops, summer camps, collaboration with local public schools, and pre-professional training and leadership programs, youth participants gain in-depth knowledge of the creative process, the ability to bring their ideas to life, self-confidence for artistic risk-taking, and skills that can open doors for further creative and vocational exploration. We are dedicated to promoting healthy youth development and strengthening competencies in industrial arts, leadership, and creative problem-solving.
Makers of Tomorrow
The Crucible’s unique hands-on educational opportunities are a great way to fire up young imaginations and open new doors to personal growth.
The Crucible is dedicated to providing our most engaged students with meaningful pre-professional training, mentoring, and career counseling. The Crucible’s graduated learning structure provides opportunities for students to progress through different programs, projects, and classes which for some leads to a paid position in the Fuego Youth Leadership Program, as well as, for the most motivated students, job readiness training in the Pre-Apprentice Program. All participants benefit from a supportive learning environment that encourages critical thinking and problem solving, the acquisition of professional and academic skills, and creativity, in both independent and group work.
Youth Community Art
The Crucible partners with local Oakland 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 the Jack London Square bike welding project in collaboration with Black Rock Arts Foundation and artist Michael Christian. These projects are designed as collaborative activities that bring together different members of our Oakland community.
The Crucible’s Bike Program includes drop-in and scheduled activities designed to engage youth, primarily from West Oakland, and expose participants to bike mechanics, welding, and engineering basics. Fix-A-Thons, the Earn-A-Bike Program, the Art Bike Camp, and local events contribute to the popularity of our Bike Program and deepen community connections.
School and community field trips are exciting opportunities to introduce youth to The Crucible’s industrial arts community. Through demonstrations by artists and faculty, youth learn about real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, art, math, and other cultures. Crucible staff work closely with educators to ensure field trips are meaningful and exciting educational experiences.