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Mentors Needed for the Buffalo Maritime Center Hand to Hand Program

Are you good with your hands? Do you like to build things? If so, do you have some spare time to be a mentor at the Buffalo Maritime Center (BMC)? The BMC is not just a place that focuses on preserving and promoting this city’s maritime history, it’s also a learning center, where those with handy skills are able to pass along their knowhow to middle and high school students who are looking to learn trades. The act of learning how to build a boat, the experience and the hands-on education, becomes a valuable tool that is wielded throughout the rest of their lives.

Some knowledge of tools and wood-working helpful but not required. BMC is looking for people who have a genuine desire to inspire children who are looking to work with their hands and their minds.

Throughout their time with mentors, BMC Hand to Hand students will…

  • Discover new pathways to broader learning
  • Experience the real-life application and usefulness of math, science, engineering, design and technical applications, safety awareness, and social and emotional skills
  • Come to understand the dignity and joy in meaningful work with their hands by building something fun and useful that must be built right!

At this point, the program is growing, which means that more mentors are needed to ensure that every young person that wants to learn these trade skills has an opportunity to do so. That’s where you come in. The BMC is looking for volunteers who are able to work with youth of all cultures and backgrounds on a “one mentor to three students ratio”.

Upcoming Mentor Training Program

Starting on Monday, July 10th, the BMC will host a two week training for existing and new mentors. The two week training will run from 9AM-3PM from July 10th to July 21st at the BMC. During this time, participants will be building a tool box, an Olmsted Skiff, and a 6-Hour Canoe from scratch, as well as learning the milestones and the opportunities to teach at each step of the process. The actual Hand to Hand program will pick up again in September of 2017.

If You Are Interested

Please attend the Mentor Orientation from 5-6PM on Thursday, July 6th at the BMC. To reserve your spot now, please email Brian at or call the office at 716-881-0111.

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Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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