When you build something
powerful and beautiful,
it makes you feel
powerful and beautiful.
This video is not intended for commercial distribution or profit. Commercial rights to the soundtrack are owned by representatives of the band Earth, Wind, and Fire
Our mission is to reduce violence,
and nurture cognitive growth, physical activity, economic opportunity,
and local roots culture.
More than half of our apprentices are girls.
THE PEOPLE in Bayview Hunters Point have been struggling for decades, affected by the US Navy's radioactive waste dump, crack-cocaine, gun violence, substandard housing, and liquor stores. They are struggling with unemployment, homelessness, lack of access to health care, tainted soil, violence, mental illness, drug-addiction, severe health problems, and lack of appreciation.
BUT THERE IS INCREDIBLE POTENTIAL HERE. These soulful folk represent a deep history. The population of Bayview Hunters Point has a history of work in the trades. One unemployed young man from Double Rock describes his father as a busy electrical contractor during the 1980's. Those days are gone-- most local employers hire mostly non-residents.
The young people are a precious creative resource, yet many lack the resources to be creative. The BOOM believes a revival of the trades may be the right prescription. The Bayview BOOM empowers teenagers with the skills to build their own futures.
Our method is to develop a high-quality, bumpin' music product, designed to consumer standards, that can be built by-hand, at low cost, by our youth-apprentices. Then, we'll implement a street-savvy marketing strategy to get this product into the eager hands of B-Boys and B-Girls everywhere (that’s Bicycle Boys and Bicycle Girls).
Our boombox-electronics projects are highly appealing to hard-to-reach youths. Building an exciting and complex project engenders pride, and sense of accomplishment.
"I can feel the energy flowing through my body."
-Jonathan M, on probation, 15 yrs old, after a successful system test.
Mechanical and electronic assembly and repair involve constant problem-solving, troubleshooting, and improvising. This gives our participants the confidence and thinking-skills to solve other real-life problems. Assembly projects provide unemployed or truant youths with a constructive, healthy alternative to unproductive activities.