Lowe’s Employees Empower Young Moms with Home Improvement Skills

June 5th, 2013

This year Youville Centre launched a new Lifestyle Course called “A Leader in my Own Life”. Linked to academic credit, this course combined cooking skills, leadership and self advocacy, life skills and financial literacy. Part of being a leader in your own life and a good role model for your child is learning how to take care of your household. We dreamed up a “Fix it Myself” class as part of┬áthis course — a class in which our young moms could learn how to perform household tasks and minor repairs on their own — to gain a sense of empowerment, and also to learn to save money by applying the ‘DIY’ (Do It Yourself) principle.

We reached out to Lowe’s, a generous community partner who has helped us in the past, and they sent two wonderful employees to deliver the ‘Fix it Myself’ class. Lowe’s Orleans employees Tara and Laboni rolled up their sleeves and shared their expert knowledge and experience with our young moms, who really enjoyed the hands-on nature of this class. Our students learned how to do the following:

  • Fix a leaky sink and toilet
  • Hang a shelf
  • Hang pictures
  • Measure, prep, plan and paint a room efficiently
  • Replace a fuse
  • Hang curtains
  • DIY tiling with caulking
  • Weatherproof a drafty window

Many thanks to Lowe’s Orleans Store for their participation in this course and for donating “Build and Grow” kits for Youville’s little ones!

Our students enjoyed the class so much we are already planning to do it again next year!