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Youth Board

The Learn Build Fly Youth Board of Directors act as a liaison between mentors and youth.  The Youth Board are active participants in leadership, teaching their peers and serving in various roles at events and during Build Nights.

Graduate Stories

Katherine Rauscher

Katherine Rauscher is founder of the Learn Build Fly Youth Board and former Youth Board President. She is currently pursuing Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University with minors in Aerospace Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Additionally, Katherine serves as the Administrative and Finanical Officer for Tech's Aerospace Enterprise. At Learn Build Fly, Katherine continues to teach SolidWorks and assists in the development of other courses for youth and adults.


Gustave Steffen

Gustave Steffen has been dedicated to Learn Build Fly since 2019. As a founding member of the youth board, Gus served as secretary until his graduation. While still on the board, he obtained his private pilot certificate. Now he is enrolled at Northcentral Technical College, pursuing degrees in Electromechanical Technology and Automation. He also serves as the president of NTC’s Intervarsity chapter. At the same time, he is getting hands-on career experience working in a machine shop. Within Learn Build Fly, he now serves in an advisory role to the youth board, helping to establish the new youth board members and develop the growing organization.


Lidia Ruiz

 My name is Lidia Ruiz and I assist in woodworking and aviation studies.
I’m in the final stages of becoming a private pilot. After I’ve completed my checkride, I will continue flying my favorite, affordable airplane, N11454. Outside of LBF I work at Caribou coffee. I’m not currently enrolled in college and don’t plan to be until I’ve found my career. I simply adore Cessna 150s and cats, but my dream plane would be a Diamond DA50RG.

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