Per their website, in the Digital Arts program, students learn current computer coding languages such as CSS, HTML, Java, Ruby, and Python. In the Visual Arts program, students train with photographers to gain skills and insight that is exclusive to the program.
Exposing students to skills this early, sets them on a path to secondary education, or a career in growing industries with higher earning potential. “When a lot of students hear of coding, they think of medical coding,” said Hunter, “So just to give them the opportunity to explore these different areas of technology because a lot of students don’t know that there are a lot of job positions right now in the tech world that can be filled.”
Past participants have generated $35,000 in revenue through our program with internships and product sales and have launched their own start-up businesses in web design, photography, apparel design, and social media marketing.
The Futures Fund is committed to building sustained economic development while working towards a systemic reduction of poverty. “If we could build a nation of students in our own backyard that code and do photography, that would be amazing,” said Hunter, “We want to start bridging that gap so that people are staying here in Baton Rouge so that they would be reactivated the community and adding to the economy, by doing so.”
Currently the program is enrolling students and looking for staff. Staffing positions begin at $100 per day. Application deadline is August 20th.