Our mission is to reduce violence,
and nurture cognitive growth, physical activity, economic opportunity,
and local roots culture.
This video is not intended for commercial distribution or profit.
Commercial rights to the soundtrack are owned by representatives of the band Earth, Wind, and Fire
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Bayview Boomboxes are handmade by residents of a unique community in San Francisco, called Bayview Hunters Point, and coordinated by The Bayview BOOM, an innovating, non-profit community development project.
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BUT THERE IS INCREDIBLE POTENTIAL HERE. These soulful folk represent a deep history. The young people are a precious creative resource, yet many lack the resources to be creative. The BOOM seeks to provide some of those resources.
- We deliver our activities in the heart of the most troubled neighborhoods, often in backyards.
- We provide mentoring in boombox electronics, bicycle repair, motorcycle repair, and more. Participants learn to use professional tools, techniques, and terminology.
- We create apprenticeships for at-risk young adults in local vehicle shops, art studios, and machine shops.
- Boombox sales teach entrepreneurship, and offer an opportunity to earn.
-Jonathan M, on probation, 15 yrs old, after a successful system test
The population of Bayview Hunters Point has a history of work in the trades. One unemployed young man from Double Rock describes his father as a busy electrical contractor during the 1980's. Those days are gone-- most local employers hire mostly non-residents. But the BOOM believes a revival of the trades may be the right prescription.
Our method is to develop a high-quality, bumpin' music product, designed to consumer standards, that can be built at low cost by our trained crafts-people. Then, we'll implement a street-savvy marketing strategy to get this product into the eager hands of B-Boys and B-Girls everywhere (that’s Bicycle Boys and Bicycle Girls)
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Bayview resident Tank prepares to assemble an amplifier circuit
under BOOM tutoring.
In 2011, the BOOM was proud to be awarded a $5,000 grant from the Black Rock Arts Foundation, non-profit entity of Burning Man. In 2012, we received a $1,500 grant from Hitachi Electronics.
We are fiscally sponsored by Empowerment Works, who has created economic development projects through arts and culture in Africa.
(1) Bayview-Hunters Point residents suffer twice the average U.S. rate of asthma, cervical, and breast cancer, and have hospitalization rates that are three times the national rate for congestive heart failure, hypertension, and emphysema. Bayview-Hunters Point and the bordering neighborhood of Potrero Hill also have significantly higher rates of bronchitis and other upper respiratory diseases in children. More info 1, more info 2.