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Work Preserve Summer Youth Pilot Program
July – August 2012

Five local teens spent 7 weeks learning traditional trade skills and basic employment skills through hands-on work at Significant Elements. Participants built toolboxes, benches, and one to two projects of their own design using salvaged materials from Significant Elements. Field trips to local manufacturing and retail businesses illustrated construction processes from raw materials to retail store sales. Each particpant was responsible for keeping a financial record of the cost of materials and project time, and set a final cost for their individual products.  These one-of-a-kind items ranged from theater seat-topped storage benches to a roof slate and mirror coat rack. At the end of the program, the teens planned and hosted an open house reception to showcase and sell the final products.

Participants were referred by the City of Ithaca Youth Employment Service, the Town of Ithaca, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Rural Youth Services Program. Funding for Work Preserve and the summer youth program  was provided by the City of Ithaca Community Development Block Grant Program, the Park Foundation, and the Brooks Family Foundation.

The programs of Historic Ithaca are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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