CreativeWorks

Workforce Training at Joe’s Movement Emporium

Formerly the Theater Tech Program

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CreativeWorks is a vocational training program in theater production and digital media that prepares youth and young adults to secure employment and prepare for higher education.

The program was created in 2008 in response to the high teen unemployment rate in Prince George’s County, where workers age 21 and under have an unemployment rate of 27.1% compared to 23.5% for the state of Maryland.

Young people in the County face challenges to success. Many of our participants:

  • Live in a single-parent household, foster care or are homeless;
  • Are pregnant or parenting; lack basic skills and support for pursuing employment.

CreativeWorks gives participants life and employability skills to prepare them for a successful future. 

Outcomes

CHANGED ATTITUDE: With support from Joe’s staff, participants believe they are capable and deserving of a future that involves a good job and/or higher education.

CHANGED ASPIRATIONS: Participants realize they are capable of success as they are introduced to colleges, employers and other partner organizations.

NEW SKILLS: With professional instructors and equipment, participants learn marketable skills they can put to use immediately for internships and employment.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES: Participants have increased job opportunities and support to apply to college and/or other training programs.

Who We Serve

CreativeWorks serves high school seniors and recently out-of-school young adults ages 17-22 who are Prince George’s County residents. Almost all will be first-generation college students.  Past participants are African-American 60%, Hispanic 36% and white 4%. Recruitment for the program is facilitated by relationships with area high schools, the Department of Social Services and other nonprofit partners.

Achievements

In eight years, more than 300 students have been served by CreativeWorks:

  • 90% completed the technical training of the program
  • 95% earned a high school diploma or GED
  • 92% of graduates are employed or in school full-time

Partners

Successful internships and jobs for our participants are made possible with these important partners:

To get more information about CreativeWorks how to apply please contact:

Linda Cameron

Program Coordinator

Cathy Smith

Program Director
 

Joe's programming is made possible by:

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