As a camper, Carlos counted on Camp Director Cassie to help him find confidence and independence. Now Carlos studies mechanical engineering in college, works as a furniture maker and this summer, he’ll be on staff alongside Cassie as Head Counselor at Beam Camp.

Beam Camp & Beam Center Community Programs

Whether collaborating on a spectacular project in New Hampshire or a smaller but equally ambitious project in Brooklyn, kids use real tools and work with expert creators to learn how to make things happen. Our projects enable kids ages 8 to 17 to follow their interests and develop skills. Beam Community programs also provide critical employment for BeamWorks Apprenticeship graduates.

This year, Beam Center has

  • Provided 136 full scholarships to summer and afterschool programs
  • Made projects with 1000+ kids at our summer camps, afterschool and Inventgenuity Festival
  • Employed 20 teens at summer and afterschool programs

Help us provide more tuition-free Beam Camp and Beam Center experiences for low-income students.

As a BeamWorks Apprentice, Laurisa found inspiration from Heather’s passion for blending astronomy with imagination. Now Laurisa helps younger students discover a love of learning as a paid Project Assistant at Beam Center afterschool and summer day camp.

BeamWorks Apprentice Program

We work with junior and seniors from our partner schools in an intensive apprenticeship program that introduces to them the ways of Beam. We ignite a passion for learning and doing as young people learn technical skills, engage in problem-solving and become mentors. That spark of creativity and connection opens minds and expands each young person’s ideas for career and college options.

This year, Beam Center has

  • Trained 35 BeamWorks Apprentices who worked as instructors for 800+ children in community-based summer day camps
  • Helped 90% of our Apprentices graduate or stay on track to graduate
  • Expanded our Brooklyn program and added a summer program in the Bronx

Help us offer the BeamWorks Apprenticeship to more schools and double the number of Apprentices.

A recent immigrant, Pilar was Megan’s dance student at Brooklyn International HS. Beam hired Pilar to be an assistant instructor in our Professional Development program. Now Pilar collaborates with Megan and all her former teachers as BeamWorks FabLab Manager at BIHS.

Beam Center in Schools

We collaborate with public school teachers and students to build meaningful projects in classrooms city-wide. Our partner schools serve student populations that are primarily free-lunch eligible, of color and newly immigrated. Our vision for in-school FabLabs of advanced digital fabrication will help public schools become hubs of invention and innovation and reach students most in need of inspiration.

This year, Beam Center has

  • Reached over 3,000 students in over 16 schools across NYC
  • Launched its first FabLab at Brooklyn International High School
  • Trained 50 teachers in creative approaches to learning

Help us implement 5 more FabLabs at public schools in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Downtown Brooklyn and Gowanus.

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