VISION:

High school graduates with the skills and resources to lead the college or career path of their choice.

MISSION:

unCommon Construction creates high energy, impactful construction experiences that develop New Orleans’ hard working high school students into team-oriented, resourceful leaders.


HOW WE DO IT:

uCC equips youth with the awareness and exposure, skills, and experience to lead the workforce after high school or college in three unique ways.

  1. APPRENTICESHIPS: Through after school and weekend sessions, high school students from diverse neighborhoods and schools build a house from start to finish over the course of four months. In this selective program, youth earn weekly pay and high school credit while developing transferrable job skills and gaining valuable experience and leadership skills.
  2. POP-UP SHOP CLASS: To spark further interest in construction and involve more youth in our programs, uCC provides services to schools in the form of a “pop up” Shop Class. During these sessions, uCC staff facilitates hands on, engaging construction experiences and classes for students on the school’s campus. Examples projects from previous sessions include birdhouses, sawhorses, benches, and flower boxes.
  3. POST-SECONDARY PLACEMENT & RECRUITMENT: uCC excels at providing the youth with high quality training and exposure to the construction industry and beyond. Through partnerships with local construction companies, training facilities, and colleges, we provide youth with the opportunity to more successfully transition from school to the workforce and/or post-secondary education.