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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.
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.
- John Weiss
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