TO NURTURE CONFIDENT,
COMMUNITY-ORIENTED YOUTH
THROUGH THE POWER
OF CARPENTRY
AND CRAFT.

The Sawhorse Solution

Sawhorse Revolution hosts programs in which the traditional concept of a “work party” is spruced up for the 21st century and transformed into a dynamic,exciting, and culturally-savvy classroom for diverse populations.

By connecting these fun, team-oriented environments with progressive educational principles (e.g. game-ification, project-based learning, restorative practices, etc.) we effectively create supportive, hands-on learning laboratories in which students discover the potential of their surroundings and their passions.

Since 2004, shop classes have slowly disappeared from Seattle public high schools, leaving students with fewer opportunities for hands-on education in basic creative skills.

Sawhorse works with students to become resourceful, conscientious and mature members of their communities by having them work alongside professional builders and designers on inspiring projects. We offer both summer and after-school programming. Each fall and spring, Sawhorse undertakes new building projects rooted in our urban communities, like tiny homes for the homeless. In August, students attend our annual weeklong summer camp at Smoke Farm, building an amazing structure in the great outdoors.

LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IN IT.

At its heart, Sawhorse Revolution is about expanding young people’s understanding of what’s possible for their lives. Through collaborative learning and manual creation programs, youth begin to see abundant potential for themselves, peers, and neighbors.

We envision a future for our students where using a tool is as familiar as using a touchscreen, and one where that knowledge serves as a foundation upon which youth build engaged lives and equitable communities.

Students have built an impressive amount of inspirational structures, some whimsical (like the pictured Dream Archive) and some functional (tiny homes and community gardens). See more photos in the gallery.

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