The Foundry forges character and compassion in Lincoln's youth through mentorship and service.
During the school year we are open on most days that school is in session. Follow our social media pages to see any adjustments to the schedule during holidays, the summer, and minimum days.
The Foundry staff and volunteers are all background checked and have had training to work and communicate with youth.
Our space includes a single-person restroom, main common space, and study room.
The study room, partly supported by the Lincoln Community Foundation, is equipped with two desktop computers to help support students academically and provide our volunteer tutors a quieter space to work with the students they assist.
Our common area is equipped with gaming consoles, a pool table, foosball table, all the board games one could want, and multiple seating areas for students to interact with volunteers and other students.
The space also has highspeed internet and places for students to charge their phones.
Foundry Leadership team
Every year we invite some of our regular attendees in high school to join in the planning and running of the youth center. We have winter and summer trips during which we plan service projects and provide the students with enrichment opportunities and leadership training. These trips have allowed students to see the ocean for the first time, try new hobbies, and travel to see some unique parts of California. The biggest component of our leadership program is the service. Students have done everything from volunteering at the Salt Mine, to helping single parents in the community. The Foundry is building the next generation’s passion for people, their city, and their own success. Our leadership program is proudly and partly supported by the Placer Community Foundation and The Giving Circle.
Our mentorship program is available to regular attending incoming freshman and high school students. Some of the most notable growth in the lives of our students has come with guidance of volunteer mentors. Students with mentors focus on goals that they set for themselves. We believe that organic mentorship is the longest lasting and the most helpful for student development. Our mentors are community members who have life experience and passion for the betterment of young people to become successful and contributing members to our community. Whereas many programs structure mentors as a first come first serve, or matching process, we encourage our students to request mentors and serve with them in service projects before the mentor match is made.