Non-Toxic Teen Center:  Pro-Teen Program

    The Pro-Teen program was developed so that teens can learn important trades with a "hands on" approach.  Often young people get easily bored  so we created a learning program where the teen immediately gets to involve himself or herself in the trade.      

     The instructors are all volunteers and want to see young people succeed.  Here, Tyson Trunkhill, owner of TruEngineering explains the principles of a 4-stroke engine while guiding the teens on a top end engine rebuild from a Suzuki LT 185 ATV.  These teens rebuilt the engine and now enjoy riding the ATV at the BearClaw Lodge Adventure Camp.

     As wonderful as it is to repair something that does not work our reason for the name, Pro-Teen, and for this program is to involve teens with adult mentors who want them to succeed in life.  Pro-Teen stands for Project Teen and here- the teen is the real project.  We value each young person and every activity at Non-Toxic is created so that the staff can show teens they are valued and important.

     Together with adult volunteers teens will learn the basics in the trades of auto mechanics, welding, soldering, electrical engineering, machining, reading calipers, micrometers and related skills. There will be projects dealing with a simple automotive brake job to more extensive engine rebuilding and body work. The projects are designed to offer teens a taste of each trade as well as an opportunity to see a big job completed.  Great satisfaction results from taking something that does not work or looks really ugly and creating something awesome from it.

     Carpentry skills will be used by every teen at some point in his or her life.  The teen camp- BearClaw Lodge, afforded them many weekends of learning the necessary skills in rough framing, drywall installation, masonry work and roofing.


This crew framed walls, dug 4' deep post holes and set 16' posts, sheeted the exterior of the lodge with OSB, installed windows and doors and shingled the 16' X 45' 2 weekends!!!


     At Non-Toxic we believe these young people will develop confidence and a great sense of accomplishment. 

Here the teens are using a bore gauge to measure the inside diameter of the cylinder.

Teens learned to safely operate a metal lathe.  They created plastic discs to use in making their own pinewood derby car.  They made every part of the car (wheels, milling of center holes for axles, cut the blocks from rough wood, and each part was held to specified tolerances.

Using a calculator, each teen had to figure the equations presented and convert metric specifications to Standard American Equations.