East of Cameron organizes and administers vocational after-school and summer classes for youth in Austin, Texas. These classes help give students skill sets in stable and consistent industries with the objective that East of Cameron participants can effectively work towards employment and self-sufficiency after completing our classes. Skills learned through East of Cameron afford students the ability to make responsible life choices in vocations with competitive entry-level opportunities that provide a good and sustainable standard of living.
Because active learning and problem-solving are the foundations of some of the most successful educational models, East of Cameron practices project-oriented pedagogy. Our teaching philosophy is founded partly upon an understanding of the great potential and initiative that young people can exercise when they have resources, knowledge, and allowance to develop their own methods and standards. Building capacities for self-direction and entrepreneurship, students are directly involved with the projects they undertake to build vocational backgrounds and diverse skill sets in the following career tracks:
2) automotive technology;
3) cosmetology; or
4) hospitality and service.
East of Cameron organizers have developed strong working relationships with Austin-area tradespeople and business owners, and the commitment and generosity of these career guides provide the skills and expertise necessary to help young people find direction and eventually employment. East of Cameron helps provide opportunity where it doesn’t exist at the moment. With the help of parents, teachers, and community, we help empower young people to reach greater goals by first achieving small ones in the forms of skill acquisition and project development.
The spaces in which students learn and work have been built by caring hands—those of volunteers, East of Cameron organizers and directors, and by students themselves. Reflecting conscious responsibilities to family, community, and self, East of Cameron brings together musicians, sibling, artists, teachers, and friends to establish a learning environment both fun and productive.
Through the labor of our hands, heads and hearts, our community is built and sustained.
Our strength comes from what we do, which makes us who we are.
With confidence and commitment, we ask for all hands in.
We are not a charity.
We are East of Cameron.