Through high-caliber professional development and hands-on learning in a Prodigy enterprise, disconnected young adults develop mindsets and skills for sustainable careers, economic mobility and, most importantly, to go forth and enrich their city.
We envision an economically equitable Denver with a new generation of thriving, healthy, innovative community members who have experienced upward social mobility and live in diverse neighborhoods.
Prodigy Coffeehouse opened in July, 2016 as a social enterprise run by the talent of young adults from Northeast Denver who have previously been disconnected from school and/or work.
SEE OUR WORK IN ACTION: Prodigy's 2019 mini-documentary film
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Our country’s education and employment structures are outdated, ineffective, and inequitable. This leaves us vulnerable and inefficient as we train a new generation for the new economy.
Young adults disconnected from school and/or work are invited into a year-long apprenticeship as humble learners of life, self, and craft, within a high standards
Through deep work and deep learning, apprentices build skills, mindsets, networks and economic capital for sustainable careers, and most importantly, discover their own inherent greatness.
Apprentices have secured meaningful, sustainable employment and are leaders in their community. This, in turn, builds wealth for marginalized Northeast Denver residents.
Personal & Community Transformation
Prodigy’s mission is to build skills, mindsets, networks and economic capital for sustainable careers. Our dashboard includes the following key performance indicators:
Built foundational skills for the new economy
These apprentices showed significant growth in the Essential Skills and Dispositions framework from the National Center for Innovation in Education.
Increased social capital
Increased earning power
This is the number one indicator of access to wealth above race, class, gender or education. All apprentices are a part of a wide network of professionals and interact with an average of 71 customers per shift.
Apprentices earned $13-14/hour on average throughout the year.
Total earnings paid to apprentices in 2017 totaled $143,500 including training stipends and tips.10 have been promoted with raises and new responsibility.
Our research points us to a model that prioritizes mental health and wellness programming alongside workforce development activities. We have adopted measurement instruments that align with Stanford's Measuring Mobility Toolkit.