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Building bright futures through hands-on experiences.

OPDC Future Makers

Pittsburgh, United States
Through OPDC's Future Makers program, students become confident in public speaking, clear and articulate in interviews, earn certifications to boost their skill sets, write top-notch resumes, and create plans for their future.

Build a Bright Future

“The best way to learn is with your own two hands.”

Founded in January 2018, Future Makers provides hands-on enrichment activities that motivate and inspire youth to explore college and career opportunities. Youth are able to experience and develop new skills, connect with area programs, meet professionals, and expand their college and career options.

Maker days occur on Saturday mornings,  two hours in length, twice monthly. At each maker day, youth work directly with industry professionals to learn about 21st-century careers. Each maker day features the career track component  that outline a career path and academic steps to achieve success, and hands on enrichment activities to give youth exposure in the field.

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Innovation Overview
13 - 18
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You will need at least two (2) full-time staff to secure a program location, organize workshop schedules, confirm service contracts/clearances, etc. Both staff should be present at each workshop. You will also need a network of external partners to provide workshop plans, materials, and facilitators.
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Our Future Makers students are proud to represent our program at School 2 Career's annual College and Career Fair!
Our students participate in awesome workshops, and we want to make sure they know how to tell the world about them! In our Resume and Intervie...
Future Makers isn't just about reinforcing and building upon academic concepts; we want to make sure that we are exposing students to a wide v...
Future Makers is dedicated to providing hands-on activities that engage participants in constructivist learning, like our Engineering Concepts...
Our Techno Teens workshop, facilitated by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, is a surefire hit!
At least once per year, we invite all of our workshop providers to a special event designed to showcase all of the wonderful community partner...
Science and creativity came together stunningly in our "Shaping Futures" workshop with Monica and Dajah from Salon XO. Our students explored t...
In our "Drop the Mic" workshop, presented Trust Arts Education, participants explored various roles within the film industry, including storyb...


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Identify target population
Determine where and with whom your program will take place.
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Find a space
Find a space that can host two different workshops occurring simultaneously. This may be a space that your organization owns, or it may be a local YMCA or community center with a space for rent.
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Secure staff
Identify and hire/train staff. For a cadre of 20-30 students, you will need at a minimum of two full-time staff members, depending on the size of your program, who exhibit the professionalism, dedication, and patience to work with at-risk youth.
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Connect with providers
Now, you have to find some workshops to offer! It's time to hit the road (or phone) and reach out to community members.
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Develop a schedule
Time to get things in order!
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Get out the word!
Let people know about your program! Email blasts, social media posts, and word-of-mouth are your friends.
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