The mission of Project Inspire is to empower youth and young adults through powerful personal, educational and professional opportunities using the arts as a gateway to achievement. Our organization is an effort to empower youth and young adults under the age of 25 through programming and initiatives focusing on College and career preparation, Life skills, the Arts, and Self and community empowerment (CLAS). Our programming consists of scholarship dissemination for high school juniors and seniors, empowerment programs serving schools and organizations, and professional development programs for college students and young adults.
Student Scholarship Recipient, Sara Georges, Testimonial.
A Few of Project Inspire's Amazing Scholarship Recipients
Young Leaders Program
This program provides tools and resources for personal and professional achievement with a focus on leadership for youth who are from under-resourced communities. All program participants embark upon a multi-step program in which powerful assignments are given associated with valuable content, including college preparation, career preparation, financial literacy, leadership development, and etiquette. In between assignments, participants engage in live video workshops about this content. The applicants with the best written assignments at the end of the program cycle are eligible candidates for the Daphne L. Valcin Scholarship for Creative Minds.
The Project Inspire Scholarship for Creative Minds
Our youth deserve to thrive when they go to college, and this program ensures that scholarship winners have the resources they need to purchase textbooks and materials through a $2,000 scholarship distributed through $250 payments every spring and fall semester for 4 years of their undergraduate education.
Winners of the scholarship must have completed high quality assignments during their participation in the Project Inspire Young Leaders Program and must also interview with Project Inspire leadership as scholarship finalists to confirm their eligibility to receive the award. From 2003 – 2017, we have distributed $28,200 to 35 total recipients!
Professional Development Program
n 2014, we launched our Professional Development Program. This program incorporates quarterly live video seminars about personal, professional, academic and financial development and features speakers–some who are renown in their communities or nationally. These seminars provide participants with the resources needed for them to flourish and succeed while in college and as young adults.
Recent college graduates or those in their first few years of being in the workforce would greatly benefit from these webinars!
Youth Empowerment and the Arts (YEA) program
Project Inspire does workshops of varying lengths for schools, programs and organizations focusing on the components we know make our students successful. Each workshop integrates the performing arts and empowerment but also includes components of all of our programs College and Career Preparation; Life Skills; Arts; and Self and Community Empowerment (CLAS). We currently focus on the performing arts of dance and theatre in our programs. Please check out our Support page on our website to request a customized workshop!