Zack Twenty-Five is an apprenticeship program through Allegheny County Department of Human Services and Contemporary Craft that matches Transition Age Youth (ages 20-25 – Creatorz) with local Pittsburgh artists (Makerz). The Makerz consist of partnering artists and craftsmen from Pittsburgh’s Creative Economy who act as mentors to our Creatorz in teaching their craft. Together, during a one-on-one apprenticeship, the pairs will create projects that will be sold through the Store at Contemporary Craft.
The initiative focuses on an entrepreneurial experience in the creative economy with the aim of providing a spark. A spark that will lead to a unique vision and hope for the Creatorz that may guide them forward as a personalized True North. The end goals of this apprenticeship include increasing Creatorz’ self-esteem, hope for the future, creative and marketable skills, positive adult/community connections, and sense of purpose (or True North), while also reducing negative outcomes such as homelessness, substance abuse disorder, or even death.