Programs Overview

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Paint Club

The transformation begins

Our gateway after-school program hosted in the city’s most struggling schools. For 10 weeks, the most disengaged students paint all the public spaces in their school. The vibrant and energizing colors transform their once institutional-looking schools into welcoming learning environments. Principals cherish the new sense of community and safety along with the culture of determination Paint Clubs create. Participants are themselves transformed as they work with our caring staff and learn strong and transferable work habits.  

COLOR Club (Community of Leaders Organizing Revitalization)

Building a foundation for success

Our 3-day/week, multi-year after-school program for at-risk Paint Club graduates in 7th, 8th and 9th grades. COLOR Club offers academic supports and career exposure and life-skills workshops designed to help students plan and prepare for a rewarding future. On Saturdays, students continue to develop their work-readiness and leadership skills as they paint alongside corporate volunteers at Paint Club sites and underserved community facilities.  

Design Studio

Combatting summer learning loss

Our 7-week summer enrichment and project-based learning program is an effective antidote to summer-learning-loss.  Morning classes are held at Pratt Institute where students are immersed in literacy and math through the scaffold of product design. SDS also offers participants crucial summer employment. Afternoons are dedicated to painting under-resourced but vital community facilities including city-run homeless shelters, day-care centers, as well as schools. There’s no program in the country like it! 

Fresh Coat

Internship program

Our semi-professional painting crew comprised of seasoned apprentices selected for their demonstrated leadership and work-readiness skills. These accomplished painters are paid hourly wages and touch up previously Publicolored schools and community sites, thereby extending the power of our transformation for thousands more to experience. 

Next Steps

Preparing for college + career

Our apprenticeship program for at-risk students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades that follows the 3-day/week, multi-year COLOR Club model. Next Steps offers academic supports and workshops designed to help participants achieve their college and career goals. 


Making college possible

Graduating high school seniors are paired with mentors and awarded a 5-year gap scholarship to support their success in college or a post-secondary accreditation program.  Providing a pathway to their chosen career ensures that Publicolor students break out of the cycle of poverty.