Fitting it all on the Graph
We’ve been asked to track and measure the results of the Kavanah Tiny House Build Project. While we know there are certainly some things that can be measured and tracked, others are immeasurable. Today, there are youth from eight charter and high schools in the Sacramento Region building Kavanah Tiny Houses, with 35 schools on our wait list. These youth learn trade skills needed to build a house, just on a smaller scale – an 84 square foot scale. The first four to six weeks, the youth are introduced to construction basics already in their schools’ curriculum. Here they learn occupational safety, application of mathematics in construction, terminology, how to read architectural drawings… then they’re ready to build!
With the help of Building Partners like you, KAVANAH arranges to have building materials delivered to the school, and the youth begin construction of the raised foundation. This is a fun time to visit as the youth begin to apply what was taught. Have you ever heard the saying, “measure twice – cut once”? Yeah, it’s kinda important! Once the foundation is built, construction of the walls begins. By now, the youth are gaining confidence in their abilities. They hold the hammer with a tighter grip, they snap the chalk line while quickly calling out to a teammate, “Yo! Cut a four foot three and seven-eighths two by four!” It is when the first wall is raised, and attached to the foundation, the youth begin to visualize their impact. Not only have they learned how to frame out windows and doors, they understand that together, their hands are creating, forming, and building a solution for someone in need.
Now the four walls are up, construction of the roof begins, and the windows and door are installed. The youth have just built a water-tight shell. Phase II of building materials are delivered, and they learn solar technology, how to insulate the walls, wire electrical, hang drywall, tape and texture, and paint the exterior. Phase III is interior finishes and completion. There is an excitement when the the beautiful laminate-wood flooring goes down. They feel the honor, while painting the 6″ flat baseboards. There is a sense of amazement when a youth flicks on the light switch to a light that he/she installed. There is a sense of accomplishment while affixing the house number. And there is love and community when they bring in the mattress, fluff the comforter, and roll out the welcome mat.
How do you put THAT on a scale of 1 to 10?
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