HOPE CENTER FOR ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY, INC.
SERVING LAWRENCE COUNTY, THE SHENANGO VALLEY, GREENVILLE / NORTHERN MERCER COUNTY, GROVE CITY, WARREN (OH) / SOUTHERN TRUMBULL COUNTY, AND NORTHER TRUMBULL COUNTY
AMOUNT DONATED: $75,840
HopeCAT offers a unique blend of no cost youth and adult programs which break generational poverty cycles by helping people find hope within themselves. We cultivate productive citizens by mentoring students and helping them find a career path that includes a job at a livable wage with benefits and upward mobility. HopeCAT was built on the belief that environment shapes behavior, people are assets, and creativity fuels enterprise. It was molded after Bill Strickland's proven educational model founded in Pittsburgh over 50 years ago, which has now been replicated throughout the world.
While the match program for Giving Week is over, the need doesn't end! Please feel to make a gift at any time.
Giving Week Progress:
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $75,000
Programs Supported by Your Donations
Adult Job Training: We offer a no cost Medical Assistant diploma job training program. We had 100% of our first two cohorts pass their national certification and a job placement rate of over 90%. It is an intensive education designed to transition adults from public assistance or career 'pivots' to a job at a livable wage with benefits. It also provides a jumping off point to work in the medical field and an opportunity to climb the career ladder to perhaps an RN role or more.
Youth Arts Training: Our teaching artists use printmaking, ceramics, and digital art studios to develop soft skills and confidence in teenagers, connecting them to college, careers, and mentorship for life after high school. The visual arts they produce includes transferable skills for working in the trades or production work in factories. Some of our students dream of starting their own businesses as an aspiring entrepreneur. We have agreements with 6 regional public schools, but all high school aged students are welcome with our after-school program.
Needs that Cannot beMet without Your Help
Approximately 1/3 of our funding has come through grants from public sources. Given the COVID-19 economic uncertainty, we are preparing for the worst but hoping for the best. Our current public funding sources are uncertain, and we will need community support to continue to deliver and expand our impact. One of our first youth arts students in 2015 is now employed at UPMC. We need to continue to provide these opportunities to those most at risk in our community and help them help themselves.