The YouTube Maker Series
6 YouTube Stars
48 Hours to Build
This maker duo challenge was all about building something amazing for Autism Speaks Charity, nominated by our long term supporter Stanley Black & Decker. As part of their pledge to support neurodiversity and recognize people with different abilities to be the makers of tomorrow, they established the NxtGen Program, preparing people with autism to pursue skilled-labor jobs in manufacturing. We’re excited to show you what these makers came up with.
April Wilkerson teamed up with Brandy Aube and worked on a project to support the River Kelly Fund. River went to Heaven in June 2019 after a tragic drowning accident at his home at the age of three. His final mission on this earth was to donate his organs to those in need and the tiny hero saved at least two other lives after giving his own. The charity provides support and brings awareness to causes including children in need, arts and education, wildlife preservation, military, veteran, and first responder assistance. The team built a river table that was gifted to the River Kelly Fund.
Jimmy DiResta, Nick Ward-Bopp, and a team at the Maker Village built the ultimate FAN experience. Using vintage stadium chairs from one of the best football stadiums in the US, the makers created something magical for the students and staff at Operation Breakthrough to go in their new space, Ignition Lab: Powered by 87 & Running. Founded in 2015 by Travis Kelce, 87 & Running have remained dedicated to providing resources and enrichment opportunities for youth and their communities through fundraising, athletic programs, mentoring, and outreach initiatives.