CoyoteWorks gives immigrant and refugee youth ages 12 to 18 opportunities to learn the skills of creative vocations like cooking, furniture design/build, and fashion design. Students work at Coyote in after-school hours throughout the school year with professional chefs, woodworkers, and fashion designers using professional equipment and techniques. They learn the skills that are required for these professions, and build teamwork skills across their different languages and cultures. They complete the course with increased confidence in their capabilities, a better understanding of creative vocations, and a stronger sense of their own personal possibilities.
CoyoteWorks began in 2012 with youth enrolled in the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) learning learning culinary arts, furniture making, fashion design and metalworking. Coyote has since built a strong partnership with the Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA) and the Seattle World School (SWS) and now provides extended-day programs for SWS youth throughout the schoolyear.