Skills for a Lifetime

Our young craftsmen are gaining worthwhile experience and learning valuable skills that will remain with them far beyond their graduation from the 8 West program. Our objective is to see at least 100 young people find a successful transition to longer-term employment and housing by 2020. We also plan to partner with other area businesses that may be suitable employers — employers who can offer positions that leverage the strengths and skills of our 8 West program “graduates”.

Our Goal:  100 Transitions by 2020

2017

18%

2018

36%

2019

56%

2020

100%

“For some 8 West products, we sign the packaging to commemorate our effort, and to connect our story with those who support us by providing the #HandUp off the streets with their purchase. It’s not always easy to share our stories, there’s a lot of stuff we’ve been through. But hope and opportunity help us to trust again.”

– Leo, Artisan