I don’t want to give all the backstory of WHY we want to do this thing (yet), but for now, let’s just say that we have an opportunity to teach late teens/young adults workplace skills like website design and coding (whatever broad generalization that is!) instead of food service. I think it’s a better path out of poverty and I know, because I’ve been there.
So we’re looking for conversation about what this could look like. It feels to us like a six-month, to two year after school training program by which students learn the skills that will support them either working for themselves or working for an agency after “graduation.” I don’t think it’s unrealistic at all to say that someone completing curriculums like CodeAcademy, the Skool, WebDesign.com and others can attain a well-paying job in under two years. And (or?), graduating into an agency that is a part of the program itself. Learn with us, work with us. And, ideally, they’d be able to take on some of the agency work even as they’re going through the program, almost as the program’s own interns.
We don’t want it to be a non-profit (or I should say we at least don’t want it to be a poor non-profit). We want everyone involved to know that this work (both the learning and the producing) is worth lots’o money when done well and professionally, and that we’re going to give them their first step into that possibility (more than the $6-8 they’d make working at Mc’Ds).
Also, this is not a virtual thing – this exists in a brick and mortar location in Columbus, near Weinland Park.
Totally loose conversation. GO!
JUST ADDING NOTES AS WE GO:
There is a space at 5th and 4th that we’ve pined for since we moved to Weinland Park. It’s directly across from what will soon be CEDCO’s Food District (a food startup incubator), and a few blocks off High Street, and at the corner of new developments in Italian Village. We found out today that it’s for rent for just $600/month. It would make a GREAT space for this because it’s walking distance to Weinland Park, but still approachable to businesses in the area.
Bob and I talked last night about business models that would make this sustainable to start, each revolving around teaching and hosting classes to local businesses in the same space.