The BOOM is a nonprofit engineering school-of-the-streets and incubator. The BOOM exists to create transformative mentoring for teens at-risk for guns, violence, dangerous drugs, criminal activity, prison, and truancy. They are introduced to electron... Read more
The BOOM is a nonprofit engineering school-of-the-streets and incubator. The BOOM exists to create transformative mentoring for teens at-risk for guns, violence, dangerous drugs, criminal activity, prison, and truancy. They are introduced to electronics, soldering, woodworking, and metalworking, and soon, radio and embedded systems. Our apprentices first learn to fabricate our consumer product, a portable, bicycle boombox. Then they learn to prototype, fabricate, and market their own product designs. The BOOM plants seeds for technical literacy, invention, and entrepreneurship, empowering our youths to build their own futures. Note, the BOOM is a volunteer-run project-- there are no full-time staffers. So it may take a little extra time for us to reply. We appreciate your patience!
The BOOM seeks to provide resources to a disadvantaged community:
We deliver our activities in the heart of the most troubled neighborhoods, often in backyards.
We provide mentoring in boombox electronics, bicycle repair, motorcycle repair, and more. Participants learn to use professional tools, techniques, and terminology.
We create apprenticeships for at-risk young adults in local vehicle shops, art studios, and machine shops.
Boombox sales teach entrepreneurship, and offer an opportunity to earn.
This is an awesome organization that works to bring electronics, repairs, and creativity to some of our city's most vulnerable and under-served youth. I went with John (the founder/organizer) into some of the public housing in Hunter's Point to help kids build radios for their bikes, and you can really see how much passion he has for the kids. It's great to be able to work with a program providing such empowering skills to populations that are so frequently disempowered. Even though my schedule as a social worker has gotten hectic over the years and I haven't been able to continue volunteering, I love hearing about all of the work that BOOM continues to do!