Made in Brownsville is a non-profit youth creative agency. We are a gateway to economic mobility for under-resourced Brownsville youth through apprenticeship in design and technology. We believe in the life-changing ability that drawing a correlation between creative thinking and entrepreneurship can have on a young person and we envision a future where our participants benefit from a competitive advantage in the changing innovation economy and, in turn, disrupt the cycle of poverty for the next generation through service. Armed with this, in 2013 we had an ambitious idea that young people could foster their talents and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) education to harness the keys to economic mobility by providing creative services to the business community and their neighbors.

We achieve our mission in 3 ways:
1. MiB Apprenticeship Program: 12 week skills based stipended training for 14 to 24 year olds. Successful completion of training leads to 14 ...
Made in Brownsville is a non-profit youth creative agency. We are a gateway to economic mobility for under-resourced Brownsville youth through apprenticeship in design and technology. We believe in the life-changing ability that drawing a correlation between creative thinking and entrepreneurship can have on a young person and we envision a future where our participants benefit from a competitive advantage in the changing innovation economy and, in turn, disrupt the cycle of poverty for the next generation through service. Armed with this, in 2013 we had an ambitious idea that young people could foster their talents and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) education to harness the keys to economic mobility by providing creative services to the business community and their neighbors.

We achieve our mission in 3 ways:
1. MiB Apprenticeship Program: 12 week skills based stipended training for 14 to 24 year olds. Successful completion of training leads to 14 weeks of employment in the creative agency in which participants collaborate with mentors to inspire a range of solutions for client commissions and community benefit projects. Alumni under 20 years of age have opportunity to re-enroll for subsequent studios.

Studios include urban and spatial design, printmaking, 3D fabrication and rapid prototyping, photography, coding, web development, graphic design, videography, and animation and robotics. Our creative agency gives our youth participants practical experience guided by creative mentors with real clients and most importantly their own neighbors. This fosters a legacy of community service that cultivates collective efficacy, neighborhood pride and overtime will positively impact public safety.

2. MiB In-schools: Local district schools contract MiB as a DOE vendor for institution-based afterschool career exploration in secondary schools, bridging the gap between learning and doing. We envision apprentice alum as teaching staff in later years as a means of creating sustainable employment for our alums.

3. MiB public workshops: publicly offered free or affordable visual arts and creative industry workshops by industry leading professionals.

Since 2014 MiB has had eight leading creative industry professionals help us complete five interest-based studios employing 37 young adults in paid apprenticeships. Additionally, we’ve immersed 92 youth in career exploration through partnerships with three local public schools.
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Advisors

Justin Garrett Moore, AICP
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Justin Garrett Moore, AICP Board Secretary Urban designer, planner, educator, and community developer.

Employees

Steven Clunis
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Steven Clunis Chief Creative Officer Creative Design Leader and Educator