We've hosted workshops and collaborative projects throughout the Finger Lakes Region of New York since 2017. They've ranged from local wildlife studies in paper, to metal fabricated sculptures, to large collaborative landmarks.  Yates Community Center, Penn Yan Academy, and Dundee Central School have welcomed us to join their community and help build dreams.



Having the opportunity to work with IDEA has given me the option to be successful in a career that I have become very passionate about, and would have not experienced in traditional school.

I had no idea what I wanted to do after graduating from high school. Nothing in my normal school classes motivated or excited me, and I was struggling in school with failing grades. Things changed when I took the Exploring Ecology Through Metal course with IDEA and learned how to weld. I am so proud of the final sculpture that our class made together and that it will be on display in my hometown forever. After finishing the weekend class I instantly knew that I wanted to become a welder. But, the only way I could qualify for the welding/technology program offered at the local career tech center was to raise my grades. I became driven, highly motivated, and was able to get my grades up before completing my sophomore year. I am now a Junior and enrolled in the AME (Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering) Class at Finger Lakes Technical Career Center where I’m learning welding, CAD, and machining.

Tylor Campbell
15 years old
Exploring Ecology Through Metal

let's build dreams.