Joe’s Movement Emporium of Mount Rainier, MD has received a $28,000 Job Readiness Grant from Many Hands Foundation to fund the expansion of our Theater Tech Program (TTP) to serve additional students during the school year and pilot a summer institute that incorporates robotics training into the existing curriculum of technical theater and digital media.
Formed in 2007, TTP provides critical support to under-resourced teens and young adults ages 17-21 in Prince George’s County by helping them secure employment and prepare for higher education with the goal of ending generational poverty. The majority of participants are first-generation college students, have struggled in school, lack support for pursuing employment or have additional barriers such as homelessness and parenting, to become self-sustaining after high school. Since its creation, TTP has supported hundreds of county youth seeking economic stability through workforce training and job placement.
With the Many Hands grant, Joe’s will be able to serve an additional 10 students and host a TTP summer institute that will investigate the arts, technology, and engineering with the addition of robotics.
“Our program can provide dynamic, experiential, arts-based learning and job readiness to build essential life skills,” said Brooke Kidd, Joe’s Founder and Executive Director. “This grant allows us to bring our successful curriculum to more students.”
Many Hands is a women’s grantmaking organization committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of Washington, DC area women, children, and families in need and to helping its members become well-informed donors.
Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunities in education, production and work-readiness. Founded in 1995, Joe’s serves more than 75,000 artists and arts patrons each year through its diverse multicultural and multigenerational programming. For more information about the Theater Tech Program and how you can support, please visit http://www.joesmovement.org or call Barbara Goliday at 301-699-1819.