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Teen club or mechanics after school

I've being looking for some after school activity for a teen boy. Something like a teen club where he can hang out with friends, or some mechanic class such as fixing a bike or a car. No such thing! Sure there are sports, computers, art, video games and homework club at the library. But what about the boys who don't like books, video games, or sports? Those boys who like to ride their bikes and fix them. boys who may not have the money to join the classes. Boys who need a good positive place to hang out and keep busy, so they don't get in trouble. There are sewing lessons for girls. How about mechanics for boys (and girls)? Any volunteers?
Julie Di Bona February 19, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Sequoia High School has a bike club that fixes bikes and promotes biking. A great group of kids. I don't know if you need to be a student of Sequoia. I'm sure the kids would welcome anyone, but there might be legal issues. He may also be interested in checking out the Next Repair Cafe Palo Alto Sunday, March 2nd 11am - 3pm Museum of American Heritage 351 Homer Avenue Palo Alto "Bring your broken household items to the Repair Cafe in Palo Alto and work with our Repair Volunteers, your neighbors, friends and others to keep your favorite things working and out of our scarce landfill. Be a part of this world-wide movement to repair, not replace!" For more Info see website: http://www.repaircafe-paloalto.org/ Another option - classes at Cañada College. Depending on his age, there are various programs available to allow teens to study at Cañada. It's possible he could follow an interest and earn some college credit. Also - I know Ralph (above) and think he'd be a terrific mentor :-)
Efrat Berman February 19, 2014 at 03:01 PM
Thank you Julie and Ralph. My son is 12 yars old, so high school and collage are a bit down the rode. But it's good to know. I've heard of the next repair cafe in PA, but couldn't remember it's name or location. I wish we had this in RC also. I found a bike shop that will take him as a protoge, teach him and keep him busy. Ralph's idea also sounds great and I hope we can work something out. I know he does sewing lesons at his shop. In fact, I'll need a sewing machine repair person around in the futureb since alterations is my business. I think it is great that small business owners can offer help to the kids of our community for our futur.
Julie Di Bona February 19, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Yes it is great of small businesses to help! I'm glad he's found an outlet for his energy and enthusiasm. You might enjoy the Museum of American Heritage, even if you can't make it to the repair café. They offer the sorts of classes that might appeal to your son, and may offer scholarships.
Ralph Garcia February 19, 2014 at 08:20 PM
If anybody knows this repair Cafe maybe we could talk about holding something here at our shop.
Ralph Garcia February 19, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Also Boys should take sewing lessons also.

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