INSPIRE. EDUCATE. TRANSFORM.

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ABOUT US

The ARK is a youth development center where children ages 7-18 attend vocational, business and financial literacy classes. Our youth learn skills in website development, graphic arts, photography, music, app development and through our 3 step Pathway to Ownership Plan will take those skills and learn how to create opportunities. 

 

The Mission of  The ARK  Entrepreneurial Center is to increase opportunities for inner-city youth through entrepreneurial development. 

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  • We train children in the skill of their choice

  • Provide a coach while they learn by doing

  • Provide business classes

  • Provide marketing materials to get them started

  • Give them a space to operate their business

WHAT WE DO

 

43%

COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE UNDEREMPLOYED

Nearly 43 percent of recent college graduates are underemployed. They are working in jobs that don’t require a college degree.

HS GRADUATES DO NOT ATTEND COLLEGE AND HAVE NO SKILLS

30% of high school graduates with neither academic and job skills.  

30%

WHY WE DO IT

At The ARK we believe that students have a diverse range of skills and learning styles and should be exposed to all educational tracks, to help them make a educated decision on what track is best for them.

For students who choose to attend college we want to empower them  with tools that will help them not settle for sub par job opportunities, that can be harmful for their careers, as stated in a article from the Chicago Tribune.

 

Our vision is to close the gap of work opportunities for youth who chose to not attend college, attend but drop out of college or those exiting college, by equipping tomorrow's leaders with the tools to create opportunities or become competitive in the job market.    

 Studies show that out of the 68% of those attending college only 40% graduate. 

DROP OUT OF COLLEGE

40%

HOW WE
DO IT

We recruit leaders with a proven history of excellence and good success that volunteer there time to assist our mini or big bosses through our 3 Step "Path to Ownership" plan. 

Through mentoring and coaching, our team guide youth in exploring career choices specific to their interest. 

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LET US HELP YOUR MINI-BOSS GROW AS A ENTREPRENEUR