Creating transformational opportunities for at-risk youth through boat building and positive mentorship.
It's Spring in the Northwest! And so much is happening at TCBB! Visit TCBB on the web: tacomaboatbuilders.org. In this newsletter:
A profile of Damon Cameron, one of TCBB's participants
We've received a major award from Rusty George Creative!
Two new TCBB board members
News about other events and activities at TCBB
Profile: Damon Cameron
In each newsletter, we are profiling a TCBB person. Today we highlight one of TCBB’s participants. Damon Cameron is a great example of the important work TCBB is doing. We are glad that Damon could participate as a student; we are even happier to have Damon working with us now. Youths who successfully complete the basic TCBB course have the option of staying on for more activities. We especially work with these young people to give them more preparation for work and to place them in job internships. Damon Cameron is one such young man who makes us very proud.
“I came to TCBB in the summer of 2016, so I’ve been here almost a year now. After my mandatory 10 week session, I decided to stay on because I enjoyed helping out the other kids when they need help with what they are working on.
“TCBB is where we go for 3 hours to clear our heads of everything but what we’re going to do at the shop. Each kid is working with a mentor or a mentor assistant and works on a project for the shop or a project for yourself. My first mentor was Chuck Graydon. Chuck is a very good guy to work with because we like to build the same things. When I first got here I liked it because I love working in wood shops and building things with wood. The first thing I built with Chuck were some shelves for my fishing gear and fishing poles.
“Last November, Shannon asked if I would like to be a TCBB intern here, so I interned for 8 weeks cleaning up the shop after program. I got things ready for program and I helped with other things that the adults needed help with. I enjoyed being an intern because I love being at the shop and helping out.
“Thanks to Chuck, I got into the Bates Technical College Running Start Program. He was the one who took me to Bates to get signed up for their two-year diesel and heavy equipment mechanics course. During my first quarter, my partner and I were the second ones in class to finish taking apart our engine, we figured out what was wrong with it, we fixed the problem, put it back together and started it up. This program is amazing; I love working on the engines. If Chuck didn’t bring me down to Bates I wouldn’t be in school right now.
“The reason why I decided to take this course was because of my backup career plan. I want to be an Alaska state trooper but if I am not able to do so I am going to get a different job and save up to open my own towing and recovery business. When I finish with this two-year course, I’ll get a few certificates and a two-year degree.”
Chuck Graydon, TCBB’s program coordinator, says:
“When Damon was an intern in the program I witnessed him sitting for four hours while he sorted through a year's worth of random screws and fasteners that had been thrown into a catch-all bucket, and put them all back where they belonged. He still shows up for Program, riding on the motorized bicycle he built with his own hands, during any winter weather, after putting in a full day at the Diesel Mechanics program. I don’t actually know anybody else that exhibits that combination of grit, tenacity, patience and competency, and has a good time doing it!”
“Every year Rusty George Creative provides full branding services to one non-profit organization in the community and 2017 was a tough one because we had to choose from so many well-deserving entries. After much deliberation, we chose an organization who’s brand elevation will be an exciting challenge and wonderful opportunity. Tacoma Community Boat Builders serves local wayward youth to gain skills and confidence to build a better future for themselves. They help these great kids develop craftsmanship, discipline, patience and social skills they may have not had access to in their lives up until now and teach them techniques to build everything from wooden boats to furniture and other items.”
We are thrilled that Rusty George has given us this great opportunity. Watch our website and future newsletters for news and updates as this exciting project proceeds!
New TCBB Board members!
We are delighted to welcome two new TCBB Board members.
Scott Rosengren (pictured here with his son)says:
“I was born and raised here in Washington and have worked with The Doty Group for over 20 years as a CPA. I enjoy serving, and love to help build a better Tacoma community. My biggest mentor was my Dad, who passed away a few years ago. He always made time for me and made sure his advice didn’t interfere with my learning. I want to take his example of service to his family and community and show my children the importance of giving back and how it can bring happiness to not only their lives but the lives of others.”
Clifford works at the City of Tacoma in the Local Employment and Apprenticeship program. Interests include advocating for community input in decisions that affect the community, protecting our water for future generations, and gardening with native plants. Clifford writes, "I know of only one program that has the ability to help youth establish meaningful relationships with adults while simultaneously develop skills, both technical and socio-emotional."
More Events at TCBB!
Tacoma Yacht Club Fundraiser
Shipmates of the Tacoma Yacht Club held their triennial auction/fundraiser on March 18, 2017. These ladies are powerhouses and wonderful good women who develop this event in order to benefit maritime and boat involved community youth programs including TCBB, the Sea Scouts and the TYC Youth Sailing program. On this occasion two TCBB youth ambassadors came along to help out. Pictured here Jamie with Debbie Moore and the Sea Scouts.
TCBB Goes To Olympia
Well, really it was just Executive Director Shannon Shea and Baltimore. Baltimore joined us in December and has made, to date a full sized bed frame for him mom and a mahogany box as well. We were invited to speak, along with Juliet Taylor of the Raikes Foundation, to both the House (Video 58:00. Commences at 1:40:32) and Senate (Video 45:00. Commences at 1:16) committees on Early Learning and Human Services.
On the senate floor with Senator Hans Zeiger, 25th Legislative District [web]
Outside the capitol building with David S. Beard, Policy and Advocacy Director for School's Out Washington
On April 6. TCBB joined a host of people and organizations committed to created more and better opportunities for justice-involved youth in Pierce County. The meeting was to hear a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation about Pierce County’s participation in the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), a major research project headed up by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The JDAI is being implemented in 300 counties nationwide, including Pierce County, and is resulting in dramatic reduction of detention facility populations. The Foundation is encouraging the court to continue to develop its relationships with community-based organizations such as TCBB and to place an increased focus on those using the youth development model. In the days ahead, we’ll have more to say about the results shared by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The TCBB Newsletter is an occasional mailing with news and information about events and happenings at Tacoma Community Boat Builders.