Programs & Events


Marketable Skills for a New Generation

Our goal with the Mobile Wood Shop is to teach skills to a new generation, specifically woodworking and finished carpentry. As wood shops vanish from schools, it is more and more difficult to learn wood working at any life stage. Skills in wood working can lead to a profitable career, and the industry is aging out even though demand is rising.


Community-Based Learning

“The Mobile Wood Shop is an exciting project for this neighborhood and the city overall. It is an incredibly innovative approach to skill training. The Mobile Wood Shop will allow ZCAF to travel to different wards throughout the District, improving their capacity to teach and expanding the District’s workforce of skilled craftsmen. By teaching in community centers – places that already offer public programs – neighbors will meet neighbors and build connections.”

– Brandon Todd, Ward 4 Councilmember


Building Confidence and Strength of Character

By bringing the tools out of the classroom and into communities in need, our cohorts can practice their skills, learn with experienced woodworkers and artists, improve their communities by helping with neighbors’ homes or larger  neighborhood projects, develop entrepreneurial skills, and foster a sense of
accomplishment and pride.