Program Focus: Youth Job Training
Teens participate in bi-weekly life skills development, leadership workshop and job readiness classes. Life skills workshops tackle social issues such as conflict resolution, anger management, self-imaging, sex and relationships.
To develop job-training and readiness skills, youth receive an employee handbook stating their job description, responsibilities, rate of pay, and production goals. Teens also participate in bi-weekly interactive workshops that focus on overcoming employment barriers by learning: preparedness; effective communication; completing job applications (written and electronic); resume development; appropriate business attire; protocol; and how to obtain and maintain employment.
Youth gain new technical skills and processes in a variety of artistic media which includes; stained glass, clay, furniture making, glass blowing, printmaking, metalsmithing, jewelry-making, glass fusion, and ECO-art from recyclable materials. Our instructional staff consists of one lead and two artist assistants, who guide our program participants as they gain proficiency in developing ideas and concepts by providing individual instruction.
Sketchbook binders are mandatory and distributed to each program youth to record their ideas as they build competence with sketching, developing their concepts, dictation; and writing creative and artist statements. Students are then giving a “My Work is My Blueprint” form, which is used as a guide for program youth to create a detailed work plan to use as a guide during the construction phase of their project.
Art at Work hosts four quarterly culminating exhibitions with silent auctions at the end of each program session where visual art created by students during each program session are showcased. Students are required to write artist statements and are trained to assist in guiding patron through their exhibitions.