Programs Overview

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Paint Club

Our gateway introductory program – Up to 100 students from each of a number of struggling schools participate in a

10-week, 18 hours/week After School Program where they transform their school’s public spaces from cold and institutional to warm and inspirational.

Objectives/Outcomes

Transform their school’s environment; learn commercial painting skills, project management, and transferable work habits; community building.

Design Studio

5 days a week for 6 weeks students from grades 7-12 learn the conceptual and practical competencies to explore design software programs, develop visual language, redefine problems, create solutions, and impact audiences as young catalysts of change.  

Objectives/Outcomes

Students develop their voices by identifying and creating designs that solve problems in their communities, and develops critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. 

COLOR Club (Community of Leaders Organizing Revitalization)

3-day-a-week weekly, multi-year after-school program for Paint Club graduates - offers academic supports and career exposure and life-skills workshops while painting in schools and under-resourced community facilities on Saturdays. 

Objectives/Outcomes 

Financial literacy, career skills and job readiness training; regular academic tutoring; community building; creative problem-solving skill development.

Summer Design Studio

7-week college-level enrichment and project-based learning program; literacy and math immersion through product design; includes painting shelters, community centers and neglected playgrounds. 

Objectives/Outcomes 

College environment; combats summer learning loss; fosters collaborative learning and problem solving and design thinking; skill mastery of Adobe Creative Suite; test preparation; presentation and project critique by industry professionals.

Fresh Coat

Semi-professional painting crew, comprised of seasoned student apprentices; includes participation in all Next Steps workshops and internships.

Objectives/Outcomes 

Transform public sites; develop entrepreneurial skills for painting business; leadership skill development.

Next Steps

Our 3-day/week, multi-year apprenticeship program offering innovative college and career prep workshops; weekly academic supports, multiple college tours, individualized College guidance, SAT prep, and Saturday painting projects.

Objectives/Outcomes 

On-time HS graduation, academic college readiness, leadership development, improved organization and creative problem-solving skills, concrete post-secondary education and career plan.

College Scholarships

High school graduates are awarded a 5-year gap scholarship and supports that ensure college graduation or attainment of post-secondary certificate for a straight-to-career option. ($1500-$6000 annually) Students are paired with mentors who are professionals in the career field the student is pursuing.

Objectives/Outcomes 

College persistence, degree attainment, academic achievement, paid internships, and career counseling and opportunities.

Alumni

89% of alums are employed

19% are in business/finance/marketing banking careers 

16% are in nursing/health careers 

16% are in retail/customer relations and gig-economy jobs 

10% are in social service careers 

9% are in art & design careers

8% are in STEM careers 

8% are in administrative jobs 

7% are in trades and construction jobs 

5% are in education careers  

2% are in the armed forces