Humans of Sweet Water…Meet Devontae PhillipsJun 16 2017 · 0 comments · Uncategorized
Meet Devontae Phillips… a Class of 2016 graduate of Dunbar Vocational High School who started working as part of Sweet Water Foundation’s Apprenticeship and Outreach Program during the summer of 2015 via One Summer Chicago. Inspired by his experience and the camaraderie of the Sweet Water Foundation team, he continued working as an apprentice with SWF throughout his senior year via a work study program that replaced the last two periods of each school day with an internship at Sweet Water. This opportunity allowed him to earn, learn, and receive school credit. Devontae, who knew he wanted to do carpentry since he was young (Can you believe he started doing construction at 12 years old?!) is now a union carpenter and continues to work with SWF as a mentor and volunteer. Read on to learn more about Devontae.
How long have you been working with Sweet Water Foundation?
Since the summer of 2015, so…three years.
What’s been your favorite project so far?
The Think-Do Pod [see photo below]. People have done it before, but this is the first one in Chicago. Emmanuel [SWF’s Co-founder and Executive Director] saw somebody else do it in Belgium. He decided that we wanted to do it. So, we did it.
If you had infinite resources and time, what project would you do?
I want to build a house from the ground up. Emmanuel says that Sweet Water is going to do it. I just want to be here to be a part of that process. I want to help with the first ground up house that Sweet Water builds. I want to be there from the start…to help with the excavation of land, pouring the concrete foundation, and building it from the ground up.
Tell us about the next steps that you have after Sweet Water Foundation?
I’m a union carpenter now. It’s what I studied and trained for, but I want to keep working with Sweet Water. We are trying to figure out how I can continue working with SWF as much as possible while I continue working as a union carpenter.
Favorite memory with SWF?
Using the laser cutter at the Lost Arts …it was amazing…that topped everything.
Favorite movie: The Fast and Furious Series