We asked our staff...

Q1. What about uCC are you most proud or excited about?

Q2. What's the most recent or coolest thing you've ever built?

Q3. What is your favorite, specific memory from your experience with apprentices or on the uCC build site?

 
  Aaron frumin,      founder  &  Executive Director     Q 1.   When I'm on the build site on Saturdays, apprentices are in charge — collaborating, managing, and leading one another and adult volunteers.   Q 2.   I built a standing desk for myself in our new office!   Q 3.   More than once, I've arrived at the job site to find apprentices so busy working, leading, and having fun together that they didn't even notice I was there!

Aaron frumin,   founder  &  Executive Director

Q 1.  When I'm on the build site on Saturdays, apprentices are in charge — collaborating, managing, and leading one another and adult volunteers.

Q 2.  I built a standing desk for myself in our new office!

Q 3.  More than once, I've arrived at the job site to find apprentices so busy working, leading, and having fun together that they didn't even notice I was there!

  Amelia Cairns,   program associate      (louisiana delta service corps)         Q 1.   i'm proud to be serving as part of a team that highly values inclusivity and exhibits strong commitments to youth empowerment & community development.   Q 2.   I've built a few nice websites, does that count?    Q 3.   I'm excited to be serving with a local organization that gives New orleans youth the opportunity to take charge of their futures through unique learning experiences & Pathway choices.  I'm very excited to see what uCC apprentices will accomplish this semester!

Amelia Cairns,  program associate  (louisiana delta service corps)    

Q 1.  i'm proud to be serving as part of a team that highly values inclusivity and exhibits strong commitments to youth empowerment & community development.

Q 2.  I've built a few nice websites, does that count? 

Q 3.  I'm excited to be serving with a local organization that gives New orleans youth the opportunity to take charge of their futures through unique learning experiences & Pathway choices.  I'm very excited to see what uCC apprentices will accomplish this semester!

  Aron Michalski,  Operations Director     Q 1.  "uCC actively challenges the I-can't-do-that barrier. I've watched an apprentice from an alternative high school teach a group of college-aged volunteers how to install siding, correcting their mistakes, and praising them afterward for a job well done. High-schoolers can build a beautiful house. You can build a beautiful house."   Q 2.  "I tiled the laundry room floor in my house with a custom-cut mosaic of tiles salvaged from the Green Project."

Aron Michalski, Operations Director

Q 1. "uCC actively challenges the I-can't-do-that barrier. I've watched an apprentice from an alternative high school teach a group of college-aged volunteers how to install siding, correcting their mistakes, and praising them afterward for a job well done. High-schoolers can build a beautiful house. You can build a beautiful house."

Q 2. "I tiled the laundry room floor in my house with a custom-cut mosaic of tiles salvaged from the Green Project."

 
  Ian Houts,    program leader     Q 1.   I am most proud of Uncommon for addressing issues facing the American labor force, specifically for having the foresight to put much-needed training infrastructure in place to help usher in a new generation of skilled laborers.   Q 2.   a series of small-scale concrete dams deep in the jungles of Laos.   Q 3.   As this is my first semester, I don't have any apprentice or job site stories yet...  but I'm looking forward to becoming part of the narrative!

Ian Houts,   program leader

Q 1.  I am most proud of Uncommon for addressing issues facing the American labor force, specifically for having the foresight to put much-needed training infrastructure in place to help usher in a new generation of skilled laborers.

Q 2.  a series of small-scale concrete dams deep in the jungles of Laos.

Q 3.  As this is my first semester, I don't have any apprentice or job site stories yet...  but I'm looking forward to becoming part of the narrative!

  Jabari Walters,    Program Leader     Q 1.   As a Project Builder,  I'm excited to be building an entire house from the ground up for the first time this fall.   Q 2.   I built a beautiful, 7-foot-tall wooden entertainment system.   Q 3.   I love working hard at the build site while listening to great music. 

Jabari Walters,   Program Leader

Q 1.  As a Project Builder,  I'm excited to be building an entire house from the ground up for the first time this fall.

Q 2.  I built a beautiful, 7-foot-tall wooden entertainment system.

Q 3.  I love working hard at the build site while listening to great music. 

  Nicole Nelson,   Program Associate   (AmeriCorps VISTA)     Q 1.   I'm most excited that ucc provides apprentices with a learning environment outside of the traditional classroom setting, allowing apprentices new and unique opportunities to learn about themselves and grow.    Q 2.   I helped my friend build his tiny home in New Orleans!   Q 3.   My favorite memory with uCC (so far) was seeing Hunter's last build day. He had been working on the team all summer and it was this bitter sweet moment: we were sad to see him depart from unCommon, but primarily excited for him to go out on his own and start the process of becoming an electrician.

Nicole Nelson,  Program Associate (AmeriCorps VISTA)

Q 1.  I'm most excited that ucc provides apprentices with a learning environment outside of the traditional classroom setting, allowing apprentices new and unique opportunities to learn about themselves and grow. 

Q 2.  I helped my friend build his tiny home in New Orleans!

Q 3.  My favorite memory with uCC (so far) was seeing Hunter's last build day. He had been working on the team all summer and it was this bitter sweet moment: we were sad to see him depart from unCommon, but primarily excited for him to go out on his own and start the process of becoming an electrician.

  Spencer Grant,    Program ManageR     Q 1.   I'm most proud of ucc for breaking stereotypes. Most people think high schoolers wouldn't be able to build a house in a semester. guess what? They can. we tear down the false notion that working with your hands is dumb dirty work. turns out it's smart dirty work. I'm especially proud to crush the myth that women don't have a place in a construction. we've got talented, strong young women working in and leading construction every Saturday.   Q 2.   Probably the uCC tiny house,  though I learned that they aren't as glorious as the movement would have you believe.   Q 3.   When Tajan'A,  an apprentice,  led 15 people insulating a house during a community build day.  I only had to check in on her for status reports because she was so on top of quality and progress that the project was being run like a hired crew was insulating for us.

Spencer Grant,   Program ManageR

Q 1.  I'm most proud of ucc for breaking stereotypes. Most people think high schoolers wouldn't be able to build a house in a semester. guess what? They can. we tear down the false notion that working with your hands is dumb dirty work. turns out it's smart dirty work. I'm especially proud to crush the myth that women don't have a place in a construction. we've got talented, strong young women working in and leading construction every Saturday.

Q 2.  Probably the uCC tiny house,  though I learned that they aren't as glorious as the movement would have you believe.

Q 3.  When Tajan'A,  an apprentice,  led 15 people insulating a house during a community build day.  I only had to check in on her for status reports because she was so on top of quality and progress that the project was being run like a hired crew was insulating for us.

  Sydney Doyle,    Pathways Manager     Q 1.   As an Educator & Community Organizer,  I am proud to be working on a team that cares so much about the future of youth in our city. and is taking such an innovative approach to teaching and learning through the build process.     Q 2.   In North Carolina, I built An awesome L-Shaped bar with my godfather for my garage!   Q 3.   One of my favorite memories on the uCC build site with our apprentices was witnessing them lead a group of 30+ adult volunteers on my first community build day.

Sydney Doyle,   Pathways Manager

Q 1.  As an Educator & Community Organizer,  I am proud to be working on a team that cares so much about the future of youth in our city. and is taking such an innovative approach to teaching and learning through the build process.  

Q 2.  In North Carolina, I built An awesome L-Shaped bar with my godfather for my garage!

Q 3.  One of my favorite memories on the uCC build site with our apprentices was witnessing them lead a group of 30+ adult volunteers on my first community build day.