Trade-Works Foundation's mission is to unlock the untapped potential of under-resourced youth globally.
Holding intensive workshops in the hair, barbering, nail tech and music industries for 40+ youth in Jamaica. These youth have not been able to afford proper schooling nor the tools to begin a career, and with your support, we are meeting this need.
Post-pandemic, these youth have been hit with the worst of poverty. Limited access to education has immensely increased; families cannot afford food, and now getting an education is a luxury these students cannot afford.
This is where we are stepping in!
We have partnered with several local schools that give free education in Jamaica to provide hands-on training, supplies, and more. Volunteers give their time and finances to offer top training and education in these workshops.
Utilizing a volunteer team of trade industry experts, we promote self-sustainability and business building through workshops, skills development, and supplying attendees with the tools necessary to begin a career in their chosen trade.
74 million unemployed youth ages 15-24 in the world
The poverty rate in Jamaica increased by 23% due to this pandemic
In Jamaica, the youth unemployment rate is 38% - more than twice the national rate.
We can directly impact youth in need
Next up is June/July 2023
100% Of your donations go to this workshop and ensure that the volunteers and youth we are reaching receive all they can and do so safely in this current environment.
*Food and transportation provided daily to students
*Activities for the students in the workshops
*Tool kits for their specific trade
*Shipping/Clearance of donations in Jamaica
*Basic administrative needs for the workshops to be a success
We have 11 youths in our scholarship program, which results in their gaining education and receiving a professional barber license upon completion. Each scholarship covers all school fees, transportation to/from school, uniform, school supplies, and breakfast/lunch. Your support for these scholarships and the new 60+ youth we will reach in our next skilled training workshop.
400 served in our various training workshops
6 trades, including Barbering, Music, Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Production and Makeup
Internship program has to date - 26 participants and 8 job offers
11 full ride scholarships to barber school and high school
WHAT PROBLEMS ARE WE SOLVING?
95% of the youth we reach come from impoverished communities. Many are homeless, HIV+, or come from neighborhoods full of crime and face the harsh realities of a world without much support. A lot of what prevents poor youth from attending school is the fees for uniforms, books, transportation, and lunches.
Yet, there remains hope as these young people have chosen a brighter direction for their life through the trade industries. This is where Trade-Works impacts by teaching and supplying the tools for success.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
Hundreds of youth served Workshops focusing on: Basics of the trade, hands-on training, building a business, marketing, professionalism, and self-esteem.
Toolkits for every student Many students are learning a trade or career with no tools to do so with. We come in and fill that need. Every toolkit consists of donations from leading businesses within each trade.
We realized that our positive results are still limited no matter what you teach or how much we supply if you do not link the next step. Most of our youth are raised in communities surrounded by crime and poverty, and we quickly observed that even with the right tools, they were still unable to grow outside of their current situations. Simple things such as bus fare or a wrong address can be the sole deterrent for these youth pursuing a brighter future. We are changing that narrative by granting internships and scholarships that allow hands-on experience outside of their respective communities and give a more significant opportunity for their success to become tangible.