Lessons in manhood

Shop class — called simply “work” — channels “boy energy” at Berkeley’s East Bay School for Boys, reports NPR. The private, nonprofit school values creativity, resilience and self-reliance.
At East Bay School for Boys, sometimes the sparks of inspiration result in, well, actual sparks.
Boys build their own cubbies, desks and benches, reports NPR. “One student, Jaden Yu, is building a massive metal hammer as part of a larger project in which boys imagine themselves as superheroes.”

Yu’s superhero mission is to fight poverty. “What this is for is destroying old buildings so that new ones can be rebuilt. Old buildings that aren’t being used, so that new ones can be built for homeless people, people who need it.”

Parents pay more than $21,000 a year, but a majority of students get financial aid.

NPR’s Men in America series also looks at a college-prep charter in Chicago and an after-school program in Oakland that encourages middle-school boys to talk about their anger and sadness. Most are growing up without their fathers.

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