E4 Youth Case Statement

E4 Youth: Bridging the Gap Into the Creative Economy

E4 Youth uses the arts, sciences and technology to help youth find and pursue pathways to successful careers in the creative economy through hands-on training, active mentorship, and exposure to real-world opportunities.


The Problem

The creative economy (arts, sciences and technology) is a leading economic force in the U.S. employing over 33% of the population. By 2020, that percentage will rise to nearly 40%. Despite this explosive growth, too many underserved youth are not benefitting from these opportunities.

A lack of engagement makes underserved creative youth (especially African-American and Latinx youth) more likely to drop out of school and not reach their full potential as productive members of our society and economy. In fact, there are currently 4.9 million American youth ages 16 – 24 years old who are out of school and not working. That’s 1 in 7 young people who are disconnected from our economy.

  • There are over 11,000 opportunity youth (ages 16 – 24) in Travis County who are disconnected from education and employment.
  • In Central Texas, $358 million in economic activity, taxes, and services are lost every year due to student drop-outs.
  • People of color comprise over 30% of the U.S. population but only 19% of the creative economy.

Our Solution

By nurturing the creative genius of underserved youth through the four E’s of Engagement, Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship, E4 Youth is building a bridge into the creative economy for a population that desperately needs it. E4 Youth works with local schools, colleges and employers to identify overlooked creative youth. We help them cultivate workplace skills and build capacity through Employability CurriculumTM and after school enrichment projects. We put them to work through job shadowing, internship and apprenticeship opportunities and assist them as they transition to college, career and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Your Opportunity

With your support, E4 Youth will provide employability skills to over 1000 underserved creative youth throughout the greater Austin area in 2018.  Your investment in the work of E4 Youth will ignite and drive the next generation of talented creative youth through proven, impactful, and life changing programming