unCommon Construction uses the build process to empower youth with the skills, network, experience, and resources to lead the workforce. unCommon apprentices are high school students who apply to join a diverse team to earn hourly pay and school credit for building a house or another project together. The revenue from each project is used to match apprentices’ earnings with an “Equity Award” scholarship for further education and career opportunities.
Through the Catalyze Challenge award, unCommon Construction is expanding programming into a new 3-tier model in which apprentices can progress in skill level by participating in increasingly rigorous and complex projects, such as home repairs & improvements for clients or creative design-builds. On and off the build site, unCommon apprentices are positioned as leaders of one another and industry partners as they develop and demonstrate skills for success in work and life. As a result of more than 100 hours of work-based learning experience per semester, unCommon apprentices graduate on time, perform better in their academic classes, and are more likely to continue their education or obtain and maintain employment after high school.