CoyoteWorks gives at-risk youth 12 to 17 opportunities to learn the skills of creative vocations like cooking, furniture design/build, photography, fashion design, and metalworking. Students work at Coyote in after-school hours throughout the school year with professional chefs, woodworkers, fashion designers, metal artists and photographers. Using professional equipment and techniques, they learn the skills that are required for these professions, and get a sense of what it means to pursue a creative vocation as a career. Students build teamwork skills across their different backgrounds and cultures. They complete the course not only with a certificate of achievement but also with increased confidence in their capabilities 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 and now provides extended-day programs for SWS youth throughout the schoolyear. 91% of students at SWS are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch and 97% are ethnic minorities who are English language learners. CoyoteWorks provides opportunities for credit retrieval to help these students graduate on time and practical job skills for those who need to find employment to make ends meet.