Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Computers & Technology
  • Race & Ethnicity


c/o Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center1325-B Evans AvenueSan Francisco, CA 94124 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The award-winning BOOM apprenticeship plants seeds for technical literacy, invention and resourcefulness. We’re on a mission to propel disadvantaged teens into prosperous futures as homegrown engineers, entrepreneurs, and tradespeople. We work with teens at-risk for guns, violence, dangerous drugs, criminal activity, prison, and truancy.


Our transformative curriculum is designed to introduce our apprentices to electronics, soldering, woodworking, metalworking, RF, and embedded systems. In the future, we will engage apprentices in building and marketing a real-world hardware tech product, designed by competent engineers. Youth graduates will become eligible to join our youth hardware incubator, to develop their own hardware products.

The BOOM has been featured in Electronic Engineering Journal, Make Magazine, and other journals. Partners include Engineers Without Borders. We completed an Autodesk Residency.


Would you recommend The BOOM?
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by Michelle L. (October 26, 2015)
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!

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