The ITEM Academy
Designed for diverse talent to earn highly marketable certifications and practical skills, in as little as 180 days. Cost: $750 to our subscribers.
Everyone we encounter, grows. Here's how
Teach a man to fish...
Designed to provide participants of The ITEM Academy, and community members at large, access to employment and to help employers identify (diverse) candidates.
We're here to help you...
First, Philly. Then we'll see what's next...
We believe The ITEM can be instrumental in helping Philadelphia solve its pervasive problems of un(der)employment and poverty...
Committed To Change.
Philadelphia has the highest poverty rate of America’s 10 largest cities. 25+% of Philadelphia’s 1.56m residents live in poverty.
This is troubling because poverty disproportionately affects minorities in our majority minority city. Of Philadelphia’s poor, 70% are either Black or Hispanic.
The technology sector offers long term employment and wealth-creating opportunities. Philadelphia’s tech scene is thriving, but due to lack of exposure, there is limited participation by minorities.
In a sector whose median income is $60,000, the skills needed for entry level jobs, through The ITEM, can be obtained and certified in 180 days with a $750 investment.