unCommon Construction uses apprenticeship and construction to highlight learning opportunities and empower hardworking high school students.
In 2005, Aaron dropped out of college and responded to Hurricane Katrina with the Red Cross. Later that year, he took is first job in construction as the least skilled worker at a day labor company. Since then, he’s been an AmeriCorps NCCC member, a construction supervisor with Habitat for Humanity, a student at Tulane University, and a teacher through Teach For America.
Today, he’s bringing those experiences together through unCommon Construction, and is most proud of the fact that he hasn’t paid for a haircut in nearly 10 years.
During the Accelerator Program, unCommon Construction engaged 100 youth through pop-up shop class sessions and on-site build days. uCC also executed a first round of fundraising through a successful Indiegogo, raising $20,275 through more than 200 individual contributions, and was selected as the sole grantee of $10,000 by the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO) Education & Youth Development Team . Most significantly, uCC completed its pilot program, hiring 10 Apprentices from four New Orleans high schools to earn hourly pay and school credit for building a house from start-to-finish in a semester.
We’re so grateful for the opportunity to continue building unCommon Construction as part of such an incredible community of experienced mentors, entrepreneurs and resources! Everyone at Propeller has been so generous with their insight, expertise and time.
Founder, unCommon Construction (Propeller'15)