15-year-old leads workshop

By Marge Woodfin, Pilot staff writer January 05, 2011 04:00 am
Fifteen-year-old Jesse Orozco, kneeling, poses with students from a workshop he led on building birdhouses. Submitted photo
Business plans of 13-year-old eighth graders often fall short of expectations, especially when they include grandiloquent dreams of running a thriving business with profit enough to finance a costly degree in marine biology.

However, one young Brookings student is more than fulfilling his plans to do just that, and is not only continuing to expand his birdhouse building business, but is even sharing his expertise with others.

Jesse Orozco, 15, first came to the attention of employees at the Curry Coastal Pilot in September 2008, when he came in to place an ad for his birdhouses and received orders for 20, right on the spot.

He and his birdhouses quickly became the subject of a popular feature article which led to more business.

Recently, some of those same satisfied customers were delighted to hear that Jesse is not only on target toward financing his marine biology degree, but is even teaching others how to build birdhouses.

Earlier this month, he ran a three-hour birdhouse-building workshop for 30 participants at the Jordan Recovery Center rehabilitation facility in Crescent City which specializes in drug and alcohol treatment.

Jesse said he was asked to provide birdhouses as centerpieces for a Habitat for Humanity dinner in Crescent City, and when Habitat member Sandra Morrison saw his creations, she invited him to teach the workshop.

During his first visit to the Pilot office two years ago, Jesse said that his grandfather had inspired him and helped him get started with the project, and his uncle, who is a roofer, provided cast off shakes that, along with a little moss trim, made the little birdhouses so appealing they’re hard to resist.

In addition to running his own small business, Jesse is also involved in community activities and school programs, including Brookings-Harbor Leo Club, Brookings Harbor Community Theater, and Chetco Community Public Library.

Children’s librarian and director of the community theater Dori Blodgett said,

“Jesse is a remarkable young man. He has been wonderful in the theater and in volunteering at the library to help with the children’s programs and arts and crafts. He is passionate about helping.”

Jesse, who is currently taking orders for birdhouses, may be reached by phone at 541-251-2291 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it