Youth Tours

See where the magic happens, see what's made in Seattle!

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Seattle Made Week Youth Tours October 2018.
Created by City of Seattle Office of Economic Development's intern, Juliette Green!

Sign your group up for a youth tour!

Bring your youth group on a tour of local productions spaces and stores to show them what's made in Seattle, and how they can start their own business!

Request a Maker in School!

Can't make it out to a tour? Bring a local maker into your classroom to talk and show your group what they do.


Seattle Made is a network that connects over 500 local businesses to each other, and to resources they need to ‘make it’ in Seattle. These makers create jobs and help keep Seattle a unique and exciting place to live. Seattle Made’s mission is to grow and support a diverse ecosystem of urban manufacturers and producers that expand opportunities for local ownership and meaningful employment, build our region’s long-term resiliency, and celebrate Seattle’s unique cultural identity.

We help coordinate tours for youth groups of (ages 13+) where we explore one, or several local production spaces. You can opt to visit a mix of industries, or makers from one industry!

You may think of assembly lines or dirty factories when you think of urban manufacturing, but it is so much more! On a youth tour you get to see first hand, how people make everything from chocolate to cheese, from glass art to skateboards, and everything in between, right here in Seattle! Check out some of our past and current tour hosts below! The list is always growing!

On each tour, we provide youth with resources and opportunities that they can look into if they are interested in internships, job shadowing, classes, and more. 

We do not provide transit for tour groups. Tour groups typically rent vans, or buses for their groups, but if you are unable to, we can help coordinate a public transit route. 

Translation services, and other required needs may be requested on the request form.

Makers in Schools

Can't make it to a tour?

  • Request a Seattle Made, local business owner (or several), to join a class period to talk about their trade, and show your students what, how, and why they make what they make.
  • Help your students learn key, entrepreneurial skills and what it takes to build and run their own successful business.

In October 2018, we had Seattle Made member, Justin from Mustard & Co., step into a culinary class to talk about the history of mustard, how he got into the business, and facilitated a cooking lab where he helped students make deviled eggs using different flavors from Mustard & Co.! We also had three different Seattle Made members from Subsonic Skateboards and Slab Art Studio participate in a panel discussion in a wood shop class about their professions, and different pathways for students to pursue careers in woodworking and design! 

Tell us about your experience

Post-Tour Survey

Have you been on a tour? We want to make sure these tours are tailored for every youth in Seattle, to be as enjoyable and meaningful as possible. In order to do that, we need your feedback on your takeaways, and what you'd like to see on future tours!

More Opportunities

Looking for experience beyond the tours? Find unique and meaningful career pathways, by checking out our available internships, jobs, apprenticeships, and job shadowing opportunities with Seattle Made members

Past Tours

2016 Seattle Made Week Oct. 7-16th

2017 Seattle Made Week Oct. 6-15th

2018 Seattle Made Week Oct. 5-13th

Past Tour Hosts

Feel free to contact our Youth Program Manager Nico Onoda-McGuire via email if you have questions!

Our Founding and Sustaining Partners