Education & Training Programs
- Art classes for elementary school students
- Computer Training Class
- Community Access computer lab
- Youth Internship & Employment Training Program
Programs may require registration and/or referrals from other organizations. Please inquire for more information.
ArtPLACE is our school-day arts program for K-5 students at PLACE @ Prescott, one of Oakland’s most challenged schools. The program is open to all students and teachers at the school. Since 2006, our Teaching Artist, Judy Johnson-Williams— a professional visual artist and experienced youth educator from the West Oakland community—has provided this instruction to an average of 250-275 students each year. In 2010, ArtPLACE will serve the 215 students enrolled at PLACE @ Prescott. Without our program, these students would not have an arts education.
The ArtPLACE curriculum is designed to supplement the school's existing California Visual and Performance Arts content standards by helping all students become adept in basic problem solving and critical reasoning skills. The goals of our ArtPLACE program are to:
1) supplement the school's general course of study with a basic arts curriculum that is fully integrated into the school day,
2) provide the children with a visual arts education via hands-on art instruction from a devoted, experienced educator in order to provide them with the tools to represent and react to their surroundings in a healthy manner, and
3) create a safe, nourishing, and creative environment where even struggling students can build their self-esteem when they take pride in their individual expression and ability to progress at art making.
Computer Training Classes
The Prescott-Joseph Center is collaborating with Mona Williams, Director/Founder of APoL Resource Connection to host her computer training program in our computer lab.
Youth Internship & Employment Training Program (YIETP)
In partnership with the Youth Employment Partnership, the Prescott-Joseph Center is piloting an after-school youth employment program for youth 15-18 years who are facing unique challenges. Youth receive 25 hours of pre-employment job success training and are then placed at a worksite for up to 120 hours. Youth are paid $8 per hour by the YIETP. Youth attend other life skills and work maturity training workshops. Topics include:
Creating a Resume
Career Path & Exploration
Keeping a Job
Valuing and Respecting Diversity
Working Well with Others
Effective Customer Service
Mentors and Positive Peers
*Our ArtPLACE programming is made possible through 2010 grants generously provided from:
Irene S. Scully Family Foundation
Oakland Fund for the Arts
The San Francisco Foundation
Please consider donating to Prescott-Joseph's Art Program.