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.
LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IN IT.
Sawhorse Revolution helps students become aware of the career options available to them in the worlds of craft and skilled labor, the dignity of doing quality work, and the satisfaction of engaging mentally and physically in creative projects with a community impact.
Sawhorse students must tackle projects that are too big for one person to handle. One Sawhorse student explained in an interview, “All of [us] were learning things all of the time, but it wasn’t like ‘I’m good at this and you’re bad at this,’ or ‘I’m learning faster than you,’ but: ‘We are figuring this out together.’”
Carpentry offers crucial mental challenges, such as applied mathematics and problem solving, which underpin practical and academic knowledge. Design, style and artistry are also ever-present concerns of the conscientious builder. Sawhorse students confront these issues through building inspiring and useful structures.
"Students work in crews to remodel or build new structures in local schools, nonprofits, and small businesses."
Sawhorse works with students to become resourceful, conscientious and mature members of their communities by having them work alongside professional builders 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. Students work in crews to remodel or build new structures in local schools, nonprofits, and small businesses. In August, students attend Fortnight Summer Camp at Smoke Farm for an intensive skill-developing week spent constructing an entire residential-scale dwelling. Programs are offered on a sliding-scale basis with full-ride scholarships available to a number of our students.