unCommon Construction uses the build process to empower youth with the skills, network, resources, and experience to lead the workforce after high school or college.
Through unCommon's high school apprenticeship program, students from different schools apply to join a diverse team to earn hourly pay and school credit for building a house in a semester. Upon the sale of each home, apprentices also earn a matching "Equity Award" scholarship for further education, industry certifications or the tools they need for a full-time job. With 100+ hours of experience in a real-world learning environment per semester, apprentices develop skills and relationships that last as long as the house they use to do so.
So many people have asked how they can support our youth during this crisis. Right now, we're working to continue our services through virtual workshops and paid opportunities for apprentices, connecting them to outside resources, and helping graduates spend the Equity Awards they've earned.
Your donation supports the continuation and adaptation of services to our apprentices and alumni, establishes a $10,000 Emergency Fund to support them through employment and home life disruptions, and ensures that unCommon is in a strong position to put apprentices back to work as soon as it's safe to do so.
Amidst the global COVID-19 health crisis, low-income populations, and hourly employees are experiencing the most negative effects. The ramifications of school closures, healthcare inequities, and the inability to work remotely almost guarantee that low-income populations will endure higher risks of becoming ill while facing financial, educational, and familial hardship. unCommon Construction apprentices and alumni are among the populations for whom this health crisis, and other unpredictable disasters, will have the greatest impact.
Thank you for making a contribution at this time and we look forward to building with you again soon!
In 2015 uCC started with a chunk of scrap lumber, two hammers, a handful of nails, and a willing high school classroom. Five years later, unCommon Construction has:
- Employed more than 150 high school students from 7 schools across New Orleans who have collectively earned more than $170,000 in pay and equity awards!
- Retained more than 80% of apprentices through the end of each semester-long program session.
- Supported 100% of completing apprentices to achieve on-time high school graduation.
- Strengthened the education to employment pipeline with more than 80% of apprentice graduates reporting that they are industry bound.
To learn more, visit www.unCommonConstruction.org or follow @uCCNOLA.