ACE Mentorship — Founded in 1995 as an innovative way of attracting students, particularly students of color, women and low-income populations into careers in the architecture, construction and engineering industry. ACE’s mission is to inform and excite high school students about career opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering; encourage students to pursue secondary and post-secondary education that will prepare them for careers in the integrated construction industry; and support the development of basic and technical skills through mentoring relationships.
A Workshop of Our Own — WOO’s mission is to create a professional woodworking environment which cultivates and promotes the careers of women and gender non-conforming craftspeople in our field.
BeLoved Asheville — Providing opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to use their voices, skills and unique gifts to transform their lives and communities. They are dedicated to providing organized mutual aid for our neighbors – especially those most at risk: elders, people on the streets and living in poverty and the African American and Latinx communities.
Crafting the Future — Partnering with Youth Arts Organizations across the country to provide their students with scholarships to renowned Craft schools and pre-college programs. Not only to create pathways into the field for BIPOC artists, but offer continued support once these artists have arrived. This means connecting people with professional opportunities like internships and commissions that will help establish their networks and plant roots in the community.
Girls Garage — A nonprofit design and building program and dedicated workspace for girls and female-identifying youth ages 9 – 18. Founded in 2013, Girls Garage is the first-ever design and building workshop for female youth in the United States.
Made in Englewood — An interdisciplinary design studio on the south side of Chicago that creates objects that are culturally-relative and driven by the narratives of the community in which it resides. Through community outreach, they strive to provide local residents access to their knowledge and skill set and provide opportunities for them to learn, grow and be inspired with the ultimate goal of encouraging entrepreneurship within the community.
Project Rowhouses — Based in Houston’s Historic Third Ward, PRH is a community platform that enriches lives through art with an emphasis on cultural identity and its impact on the urban landscape. We engage neighbors, artists, and enterprises in collective creative action to help materialize sustainable opportunities in marginalized communities. Their mission is to empower people and enrich communities through engagement, art, & direct action.
ReFoundry — Co-founders and furniture makers Cisco Pinedo and Tommy Safian created a mission driven organization in LA & NY to provide formerly incarcerated people with skills and opportunities to achieve financial independence and become leaders and job creators in their communities.
TinyWPA — Their mission is to grow and empower an army of talented community-design leaders — Building Heroes — that will make Philadelphia the national model for how to engage people of all ages in the design of their cities and help lay the foundation of an incomparable future for community-generated civic innovation. Its Building Hero Project provides youth and adults from diverse social and economic backgrounds with innovative, year-round training in design, collaboration, leadership, fabrication, and entrepreneurship.
Would Works — Providing a work opportunity for people who are homeless or living in poverty. Would Works creates and sells wood products that are hand-crafted by individuals who have an immediate financial need and are working towards a goal.
YaYa Inc — YAYA (Young Aspirations Young Artists, Inc.) was founded in 1988 as a creative and entrepreneurial partnership between New Orleans artist Jana Napoli and art students from Rabouin High School (International High School of New Orleans). The after-school enrichment program nurtured the creative talents of local high school students in ways that also strengthened their academic success, life skills, and professional preparedness. With a focus on found objects and repurposed materials, early YAYA Artists (The Original 8) learned to turn their creative talents into career pathways. The “YAYAs” sold artworks throughout the CBD (Central Business District) of New Orleans, then in New York and other U.S. cities, and finally internationally. In the process, YAYA’s guild program of youth development through art became a model for emerging organizations across the country.