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Our Young Entrepreneurs Media Arts Academy focuses on STEM education introducing youth to getting their creative business ideas off the ground and using media to help bring them to life.
Our awesome lineup of facilitators represent a wide spectrum of business pursuits from artists, authors, and athletes to proprietors, podcasters, and producers. Most importantly, it provides opportunities for students to forge supportive professional relationships.
Our programs are open to all youth who come to us from all across the state, including those in the foster care system. We have been a model of social emotional learning by achieving tangible goals, delivering quality products, and finding alternative ways to uncover the hidden talents of vulnerable youth. For those who are facing the reality of aging out of the foster care system, we have provided a safe, positive environment to learn marketable skills and establish relationships within a non-treatment setting.
Studies indicate that young people who have aged out of foster care without a permanent family face a number of educational and employment challenges:
40-63% did not complete high school
25-55% are unemployed; those employed had average earnings below the poverty level
only 38% of those employed were still working after one year