Wayne Geri Academy

A Place For Makers

aka SacMakers Academy   |   SACRAMENTO, CA   |  sacmakers.com

Mission

SacMakers Academy is engaged in providing educational opportunities for students interested in learning to Design, Code and Make sellable goods. The program offers students access to industry standard equipment, tools and instructors. Our goal is to help students determine their personal career goal, and then give them the training and support they need to reach that goal.

Notes from the nonprofit

SacMakers Academy has working agreements with a number of other organizations to help support this program. A copy of the Letter of Intent from Cordova High School has been included to show additional funding being developed to cover costs for the Foster Youth Program. SacMakers hopes to eventually develop private funds to support this program, plus outside work like that for Cordova High, which students enrolled in the program can help complete as part of their learning objectives. As with other programs at SacMakers Academy, this is planned to eventually be a self-sustaining program. They are looking forward to working with program partners to help make this a strong and effective program for foster youth and other at risk youth. Please see pictures in the Social & Media section to see similar programs for regular student population.

Ruling year info

2010

Director

Robert Calvert

Supervising Teacher and Guidance Counselor

Carey Shaw

Main address

1715 I STREET, SUITE 121

SACRAMENTO, CA 95811 USA

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EIN

01-0901119

NTEE code info

Vocational Technical (B30)

Employment Training (J22)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Socially vulnerable populations such as foster youth need skills training to be prepared for obtaining jobs, or to get placement in community colleges and other higher level training programs. Especially for crossover youth, those who have been in the juvenile justice system, foster youth need to develop social skills and better emotional balance to be able to stay in school and get the training they need. This requires a program that does more than just train students to be skillful in a particular area, such as welding or computer programming. They must be trained in human behavior and how to be effective in the workforce. Technical job skills training and social / emotional training takes time and dedication on the part of the teaching staff. These youth frequently need support passing the GED/CHSPE as well, so the program must address academic skills development as well as technical skills. Other issues for students include transportation and low/no cost programs.

Our programs

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SacMakers Foster Youth Aftershool Program

Job skills training program for Foster Youth and other at risk youth. Students learn to design, code and build things using state of the art equipment, including computer controlled CNC cutting tools, laser cutters, and general wood, metal and electronics shop equipment. Students have an opportunity to learn computer programming, and design and implementation skills for electronics, metal and wood shop projects. Links with local community colleges offer students opportunities to take higher level classes, and students are encouraged to complete their GED/CHSPE during the program so they are eligible to enroll in certification or regular two-year programs at the community college. Students will receive a behavioral training program in addition to job skills training, and support from anti-recidivism program to stay engaged in the program. Students have regular meetings with instructors, the academic teacher, and a supervisory teacher who helps them develop career/educational goals and keeps students on track to make sure they are doing the work needed to be able to attain their goals.

Population(s) Served

SacMakers offers regular Technology and VocTech training programs for Charter School and private pay students. They are in need of funds for this program to support low income students, as a number of their student population comes from Title 1 areas. Students learn to design, code and build things using state of the art equipment, including computer controlled CNC cutting tools, laser cutters, and general wood, metal and electronics shop equipment. Students have an opportunity to learn computer programming, and design and implementation skills for electronics, metal and wood shop projects. Students have regular meetings with instructors, the academic teacher, and a supervisory teacher who helps them develop career/educational goals and keeps students on track to make sure they are doing the work needed to be able to attain their goals.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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- Teach participants job skills in Voc-Tech and Technology fields. Everything from welding and metal shop skills, woodshop skills such as cabinetry-making, furniture making and construction techniques, to computer technical repair and software programming.
- Teach participants what they need to learn so they can complete their GED/CHSPE tests.
- Teach social skills and behavior patterns to participants that offer them opportunities to engage in new, more successful lifestyle and career choices. Personal empowerment training, as well as problem-solving skills and practical work ethics training.
- Build on existing links with local community colleges to make program enrollment and getting financial aid easier for foster youth who wish to enroll in Voc-Tech certification programs or further training.
- Build on existing relationships with local job placement programs to help students obtain jobs, and nearby tech industry companies to develop entry level job opportunities.

SacMakers Academy will be working with existing resources and partners for this program:
- SacMakers will add an additional track of their programs specifically for foster youth.
- SacMakers staff will provide technical instructors for Voc-Tech and Technology training, an academic instructor to prepare the students for their GED/CHSPE tests, and a teaching supervisor to work with participants to set goals and keep them on track.
- This program will be enhanced by student teachers from the nearby Sierra College "Sierra Makerspaces" program, who will supplement the regular teaching staff to increase teacher to student ratio to 1:5. They will also bring in the "21st Century Lifeskills" training program.
- Use support from Sacramento area anti-recidivism programs to give participants good role models and behavioral training.
- Work with partners in other service organizations to offer job placement.
- Work with partners in the Tech industry to develop entry level positions.

The team at SacMakers Academy is diverse, ranging from technical skills instructors with industry experience in skilled trades and technology, credentialed academic teachers who have previous experience working with foster youth, and a supervising teacher who previously worked at Title 1 schools, who's job is to help students choose a career pathway and help keep them on track with counseling and goal achievement during the program.

Links with Sierra College provide doorways to create bridge programs for foster youth wishing to enter certificate programs in these schools. Also, the students of the Makerspaces program will bring "21st Century Lifeskills" program courtesy of the Dean's office for social and behavioral skills training. Relationships with Golden Sierra and Whole Person Learning offer entry into job placement programs for participants after completing skills training. Relationships with Intel, HP and TSI Semiconductors offer doorways for entry level jobs for students.

SacMakers Academy has had five years of successful classes for youths aged 13-19; this program for foster youth is an expansion of their existing classes. The first series of Foster Youth classes will begin in Jan/Feb 2019. Space for the classes is secured at Hacker Lab. Sierra College is offering support from their Makerspace program, and the Dean's office offered 21st Century Lifeskills program. SacMakers also has offers from Golden Sierra (Auburn, CA) and Whole Person Learning (Auburn, Ca) to help with job placement for students, and a Sacramento area anti-recidivism program to participate in the program.

Next steps:
- Interview, then train and prepare Sierra Makerspaces student teachers.
- Work with partners to develop doorways to let foster youth who are eligible know about the program. This will include processing applications, interviewing applicants, and choosing the first cohort of (12-25) students.
- Develop additional funding so the program is fully supported for 2019.

Financials

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Wayne Geri Academy

Board of directors
as of 08/31/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Calvert

Wayne Geri Academy dba SacMakers Academy

Term: 2010 -

Justin Altman

Mental Health Counselor

Daniel Kohler

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