Sarah Smith

Carpentry and Design Educator

Sarah Smith

Educator

Since helping to launch Sawhorse Revolution in 2010, Sarah, who received her Masters in Education from Harvard, has helped the community begin to see abundant potential for themselves, peers, and neighbors through collaborative learning and building creation.

Youth Mentor

Sarah is the executive director of Sawhorse Revolution, a Seattle nonprofit that teaches high school students carpentry and design through inspiring community projects and works to develop experiential learning programs for today’s youth.

Awards & Recognition

In 2021, Sawhorse Revolution’s work on Estelita’s Library, a serene community space that doubles as a bookstore and library, was featured in Dwell.

Bio

Sarah Smith is the executive director of Sawhorse Revolution, a Seattle nonprofit that aims to empower disadvantaged teens through building. Since helping to launch the nonprofit in 2010, Sarah has seen Sawhorse Revolution build everything from over a dozen cheerful tiny homes to a 16’ diameter, octagonal tree house hoisted high off the forest floor. In 2021, Sawhorse Revolution’s work on Estelita’s Library, a serene community space that doubles as a bookstore and library, was featured in Dwell. “At the core of our work,” she told the outlet, “is the idea that youth can and should have a hand in shaping their own neighborhoods.” When she’s not busy building, Sarah can be found traveling, visiting friends and family, and working on her cast for fly fishing.

“Building – involves everything. Mind, hand, heart. There’s no feeling like giving your all.”

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