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 NORTHERN TRUMBULL COUNTY
AMOUNT DONATED: $96,239
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 help cultivate productive citizens by mentoring students and helping them find a career path that includes a job at 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 modeled after Bill Strickland’s proven educational model founded in Pittsburgh over 50 years ago, which has now been replicated throughout the world
Giving Week Progress:
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $75,000
Programs Supported by Your Donations
Adult Job Training - We offer a no cost Medical Assistant & Phlebotomy diploma job training programs. We have had 100% of our Medical Assistant graduates to date pass their national certification and our job placement rate is 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 transferrable 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 regional public schools, but all high school aged students are welcome with our after-school program.
Needs that Cannot beMet without Your Help
While many organizations were required to cease operations, HopeCAT invested in programs and technology. During the pandemic we launched painting, drawing, and mixed media in the arts program, and licensed Phlebotomy as a diploma for adults. Additionally, we’re collaborating with McGonigle Ambulance and Penn State to advance EMS / EMT education. One of our largest risks right now as a community is quality health care staff on the front lines and we are ready and able to continue to deepen our impact in workforce development in a very creative way!