The Made in Brownsville Creative Apprentice Program (MiB CAP) is a comprehensive training program that provides participants with an introduction to the fields of technical design and creative services. Upon successfully completing this program, Apprentice Designers are able to join the MiB creative team as project-based freelancers.
The program takes place over six months in two phases: Creative Training, which provides a foundational knowledge and skills for working in the creative industry; and Design Apprenticeship, which assesses proficiencies while also emphasizing professional development and workforce preparedness.
During the first phase, participants begin as Creative Trainees with 3-weeks of creative foundations during session 1, followed by 3-weeks of core training in a specified discipline* during session 2. Next, Creative Trainees will become Apprentice Designers and begin a 6-week capstone project, where they are mentored by industry leading creatives while working on a community benefits project. Apprentices receive a $600 stipend or incentive upon successful completion of the program.
MiB was founded to provide meaningful creative opportunities for young people of color in Brownsville and Central Brooklyn. Historically, our community has been underrepresented in design and technology careers. For example, from 2014–2017, Black people have only held 2% of jobs at Google. In response to this challenge, we created MiB CAP which focuses on 1) introducing young people to the creative industry, 2) ensuring that they are engaged and invested in their culture and communities, and 3) provide opportunities for professional development and economic mobility.
Applications are now closed for the 2018 Cycle 1 Graphic Design cohort. Cycle 2 recruitment will begin May 1st, 2018. Interested youth can submit a youth interest form to get updates on upcoming studios as soon as they are being offered.