Communities across the United States and around the world face significant challenges.
A growing number of individuals are living in poverty. High unemployment rates among adults and high drop-out rates among youth lead to a general sense of hopelessness and disenfranchisement, especially in underserved communities.
The Current Situation
Despite some evidence of economic recovery, unemployment rates remain high, particularly for minorities, and the achievement gap continues to widen. For many, the American Dream of prosperity through education and hard work seems unattainable.
However, MBC’s model, which has already been replicated in eight cities across the United States, has succeeded in creating a better way forward for those who are most affected. The combination of MBC’s youth arts education and adult career-training programs has proven successful in addressing the need to redefine and strengthen local communities, families and support networks
It’s not the people that are broken. It’s the system that’s broken.
Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation