Summer Employment Update: Guest Speakers at Job Skills Training!


Today we had several representatives and artists come talk to us about the different organizations they’re involved with and experience as working artists.

First, we heard from Jon Hope, an ambitious and talented rapper from Providence–whose advice was to “respect the journey and the process, utilize resources, exercise unbreakable confidence, stick to the truth, and use life as a catalyst for your art!”
Following Jon, we heard from Year Up, a program that provides urban young adults with “the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.”

Next, we learned about College Unbound, an organization whose mission is to “reinvent higher education for underrepresented returning adult learners, using a model that is individualized, interest-based, project-driven, workplace-enhanced, cohort-supported, flexible, supportive, and affordable.”
…then we listened to artist and AS220 Program Director, Shey Rivera talk about her incredible journey from the arts scene in Puerto Rico to Providence.

Last but not least…we heard from Artistic Director and Founder of AS220, Bert Crenca–who shared with us his journey and the rise of AS220. Overall, a great way to kick off Wednesday! Thanks so much everyone for taking the time to talk the team!



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