Spend this summer getting creative in our community!
PVD Young Makers (an initiative by the City of Providence) and FabNewport, in partnership with Providence Community Library, offer a 6-week hybrid internship encouraging Providence youth and young adults 14-24 years old to pursue their creative interests and passions. In this service-based learning program, interns will explore STEAM pathways, practice 21st-century essential skills, grow hands-on, technical experience through machine-learning, and share what they have learned by mentoring young library patrons in our 9 neighborhood locations.
A GLIMPSE INTO THE JOURNEY...
EXPLORE "THE MAKER'S MINDSET". LEARN HOW TO USE OUR TOOLS, TECHNIQUES & TECHNOLOGIES
ENGAGE IN THE DESIGN THINKING PROCESS & CREATE YOUR OWN MAKING OR LEARNING PATHWAY
APPLY WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED BY BECOMING
A MAKERSPACE MENTOR AT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
LIBRARY & MEET NEW COMMUNITY PARTNERS
CHECK IN WITH THE TEAM EVERY FRIDAY AS YOU DEVELOP YOUR DIGITAL PORTFOLIO
ENGAGE WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS
SUMMER 2020 INTERNS
Last summer, we made significant changes to our programming model in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure everyone’s safety and ability to participate, we lent out makerspace equipment, offered a variety of virtual classes, such as, 2D Design, Entrepreneurship and Upcycling. We supported community by practicing artivism. The tools & techniques we developed for success in the virtual realm have changed how we operate as a team and how we will move forward. We will keep flexibility in mind and offer hybrid solutions moving forward!
SUMMER 2019 INTERNS
Meet our 2019 cohort of PVD Young Makers! We kicked off summer by training on equipment and working on prototypes. Prototypes are like a first draft or a first experiment making something.
Our summer challenge was to make items that serve a humanitarian purpose. After this, we worked with middle schoolers to map out opportunities in our neighborhoods and libraries!
DISCOVER YOUR LEARNING PATHWAY...
Meet Your Summer Mentors
These staff members from PVD Young Makers & Providence Community Library will help you gain skills & confidence in the makerspace from training ground to community service application.
Seiji Abe (he/him/his)
Seiji is a jack-of-all-trades in the makerspace. He can help you enhance projects using the laser-cutter and engineering techniques. Seiji will help train you on the machines you will be using throughout the internship.
Kotone Deguchi (they/them/theirs)
Community Adventure Specialst
Kotone is an artist and maker. They received their BFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia, where they were an active member of the QPOC DIY art and music scene as a community organizer.
They have a background in traditional and conceptual art and museum exhibit fabrication and have an interest in wildlife biology. Kotone has been piloting initiatives like Asset Mapping and Community Adventure field trips. They believe the world to be a vast and interesting place of exploration and connection."
Francesca Del Prete (she, her hers)
Youth Services Specialist
Francesca is an multi-media artist and graphic designer who can help you take your interest in art or design to the next level! She will be your go to this summer for any questions about paperwork and payroll.
Keith Ranaldi (he, him, his)
Born and raised in the Ocean State (RI), Keith focuses on design thinking, social entrepreneurship and the intersection of industry & academia. He's great at brainstorming and he can help you bring your ideas to life.
In this service-based learning program, interns will explore STEAM pathways, practice 21st-century essential skills, grow hands-on, technical experience through machine-learning, and share what they have learned by mentoring young library patrons in our 9 neighborhood locations.