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Signature Program Initiatives


This youth violence prevention program utilizes Urban Improv - an evidence-based, interactive school drama curriculum. Art, emotional literacy and yoga/mindfulness are designed to impact three outcomes: aggressive and externalizing behaviors; pro-social behavior and self-control; academic focus and school engagement. Sevety-five youth, ages 10-15, are enrolled in weekly residencies during the school day in four high-needs urban schools. An additional 50 youth attend after-school programs at Christina and Reeds Refuge Performing Arts Center. Students participate in a 4-day weekly schedule of creative activities of their choice in music, dance or visual art. This program is funded through the Delaware Criminal Justice Council by the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health.

Enrollment NOW OPEN for "HeArt Under the Hoodie" Youth Violence Prevention After School Program.

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The Future Entrepreneurs in Creative Industries Program (FECIIP) is a ground-breaking opportunity for high school age youth residing in the City of Wilmington and New Castle County. Internships at various businesses, non-profit and faith-based organizations offer paid work experiences that make real connections between academic studies and career exploration.

The program prepares youth for entry-level positions as well as for entrepreneurial ventures and provides guidance on determining post-secondary plans. Youth are provided with workforce skills training in monthly workshops and personal counseling to help them meet their responsibilities. They benefit from structured employment during "out of school" time, acquire workforce skills, and are mentored by career professionals. Participants are paid $10.00/hour and work an average of 15 hours weekly over 20 weeks during the school year. At the conclusion of the 20-week session, high school participants have earned income and completed a meaningful work experience related to their career interests.

Wilmington young people are capable, competent, confident emerging leaders. In this program, high school interns thrive from leadership development and on-the-job training under the guidance of professional mentors. Youth select an area of interest and gain useful experience in design, media communications, education, health & wellness, science, technology, library science, museum studies, conservation, and community development. Internships assist in preparing students for post-secondary training, college, and careers.

Student Eligibility

Youth ages 16-22 are eligible.