The overall outcome of our program is to transform the youth of our community into educated leaders and entrepreneurs. To do this, we take students on a school-year-long journey through applied entrepreneurship that we call PUF University.
The first phase of PUF-U is the Discovery Phase, during which students complete a personal exploration and goal-setting process over the course of six weeks. This is followed by entrepreneurship training where they learn how to map out their own business idea.
PUF-U’s second phase is a series of skills-building sessions over six weeks, journeying through a series of different digital arts and agribusiness programs, satiating both the media and food which our youth consumes. The program allows participants to create healthier images and food, both for their own consumption and that of their peers and families.
- Community Supported Agriculture: Students plan and operate an Agribusiness (community garden), where they plant, harvest, and then sell healthy and fresh produce within our Community Supported Agriculture program.
- Digital Arts Programs:
- Videography: Students create a video capturing their own program goals during a one-on-one interview that they then use to keep themselves motivated as the program continues.
- Photography: Students capture images that accurately represent their environment.
- Music & Lyrics: Students create poetry, raps, song lyrics and music as a form of self-expression.
Looking for something shorter or a little different? Our independent courses include:
- E3 (E-Cube): E3 programs (Encouragement-Equipment-Empowerment) coupled with our core programming called LEAP (Leadership Education Attitudinal & Personal Development) are designed to help participants lift themselves and others above their given situations.
- Science Technology Engineering & Math: Helping school-age students recognize how the science, design & technology, computer science, engineering, and mathematics that they study at school or college can lead to rich and varied career pathways.
- Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: This course has a curriculum focused on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to youth aspiring for careers.
- Physical Education Program: A comprehensive physical education program that promotes healthy nutritional and physical lifestyles for youth and adults residing in underserved communities.