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TOOLS 4 TEENS AT A GLANCE

Tools 4 Teens is a Minnesota based non-profit whose goal is to give tools to teenagers 10-18 who show some interest in being creative and using their hands.  We buy fully stocked adult tool sets and bring them to maker fairs, car shows and other events where we teach kids about tools and then give them their very own set of tools. Each set is accompanied with contact information which makes mentors available to the kids to help think through their ideas and projects. 2016 was very successful as a pilot program and our plan for 2017 was to give out 1000 boxes and begin a national movement to get kids back in the workshop. An article is in the works to hopefully be published in Popular Mechanics or Make magazine, encouraging others to start doing this project, including specifics on easy ways to make it happen in your community. We have at least 6 shows scheduled so far and many more event leaders who would like us to bring tools and mentors. The toolkit will hopefully be provided by one of the big retailers, perhaps Minnesota based.

We depend on donations from car shows and private individuals and we are reaching out to a number of Minnesota-based companies to consider being involved in this project with us. These youngsters are our future. Take a look at our Facebook page which has pictures, recent announcements and appearance dates. Donations can be done by clicking on Facebook "fundraiser" .

 

OUR STORY

Tools4Teens was started by retired physician and lifelong inventor/mechanic/artist, Greg Meyers, who has made it his mission to promote teen technical mentorship. He has developed a program to foster this idea in hopes that it would become a success and expand in the future, possibly at technology venues frequented by youth (perhaps again at the Minnesota State Fair, home shows and hot rod shows). We are hoping that you might care to be involved in some way. 

  

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MENTORING!

Getting kids connected with tools

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FAMILY TEACHING THE KIDS

Family members take part in teaching the names and uses of the tools through a fun matching game. This has been done at many car shows and other events.

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SENIOR MENTORS TEACHING THE KIDS

Seniors from the "Maker" community are put to work supervising kids who get to handle all sorts of hand tools and perform common workshop tasks.

OUT OF RETIREMENT AND BACK TO WORK!

Many opportunities for seniors in the community to interact again with kids, teaching them things that are second nature to them, passing on knowledge to a new and willing generation.

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TAILORING TO THE VENUE

We can tailor the mentoring activities to the specific venue. A car show might teach parts of the car and simple maintenance. A home show might concentrate more on carpentry tasks.

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SCOUTING BADGES CAN QUALIFY YOU FOR A TOOL KIT!

Scouting Badges :

Boys Scout Merit badges deserving a tool-box

American labor
animation 
architecture and landscape architecture

ART
automotive maintenance 
Aviation 
basketry
Chemistry
composite materials 
digital technology drafting
electricity 
electronics
emergency preparedness
energy
engineering
entrepreneurship
environmental science
Farm mechanics 
fingerprinting 
fire safety 
game design
graphic arts 
home repairs
inventing 
leatherwork 
medicine 
metalwork
model design and building
movie making 
nuclear science 
oceanography 
painting 
Photography 
plumbing
Plant Science 
pottery 
programming 
Pulp and paper 
radio 
railroading 
robotics
soil and water conservation 
space exploration 
surveying 
sustainability
textile 
Welding
woodcarving 
woodwork


Girl-Scout Merit badges deserving a tool-box

Gardening
jeweler 
investigation detective 
digital photographer
entertainment technology 
product designer 
drawing
investigation special agent 
Book artist 
woodworker 
digital movie maker
innovation entrepreneur, 
textile artist 
room makeover 
car care skill
web designer
science of style 
photographer 

collage artist

 

THE KIT

The Tools4Teens tool kits include a phone number which will provide a direct link to adult makers who can answer questions that kids may have in working on future projects. Having a capable adult willing to help you sort out your ideas is a great boost to a budding maker’s self esteem and makes them less timid when approaching a project. Advertising by supporters on the tool-boxes and in the brochure is available for a reasonable fee. Northern Tool has been graciously providing us with a $60 value quality tool kit for $20!


Typical Toolkit​​

  • screwdriver asst.

  • socket wrench set

  • crescent type wrench

  • pliers asst.

  • small hammer

  • box cutter 

  • magnetic small parts tray


 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We provide volunteers at each of our events who assist kids in learning a bit about a basic project using specific tools, and once they confirm that the kid has participated to some extent in the activity, the volunteer signs off their task list. Anyone can volunteer, and we always need volunteers. Donations are welcome, whether they are large or small. We are happy to work with any group who wishes to put on an event, and with companies who wish to help their community. We have been providing these kits on a small scale for many years and we can all tell you that the feedback that we get is priceless. Send us an email to discuss Tools4Teens with our founder Dr. Greg Meyers!

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

MAKE A DONATION

PARTNER WITH US

 

Quote

"Creativity is intelligence having fun."

-Albert Einstein

 
 

CONTACT TOOLS 4 TEENS

 

NEWS, ASSOCIATED PROGRAMS AND VIDEOS

We work hard to get our efforts noticed by the media and are so proud when this goal comes to fruition. A well informed community is an empowered one as well, so take a look at some of the latest coverage we’ve received below and help spread the word about all the amazing developments at Tools 4 Teens.

Dr. Greg Meyers M.D.

12822 Excelsior Blvd

Minnetonka, Mn 55343

320-282-4577

advo53@gmail.com

Article on hosting an event plus addendum

Websites that can give you some insight into our endeavor:

Minneapolis-St. Paul Maker Faire 2015 http://makerfairemsp.com/

Leonardo's Basement http://Leonardosbasement.org

Make Magazine http://makezine.com

Ton Up Minneapolis

Interesting videos:

Tools4Teens at the motorcycle show!

At another show with Dr. Greg

Doing the matching game

At the Studebaker car show with Dr. Greg

At the MotoBlot Car and Bike show

Let's make noise and learn about hammers and nails!

Interview with Dr. Greg

FROM IDEA TO REALITY: THE EVOLUTION OF TOOLS 4 TEENS

Since formally beginning Tools4Teens, we have given away over $55,000 worth of tools to youngsters! It all started years ago when Dr. Greg gave tool kits to his own kids when they were pre-teens.  Now with the help of Ton-Up Minneapolis and the Studebaker Drivers Club we are giving out 700+ kits a year.

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1-ON-1 WITH TOOLS 4 TEENS CEO

A little history from the horse's mouth!

Interview with Dr. Greg

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