Paint Club, our gateway program for middle and high school students, is the first step in a continuum of programs guiding at-risk youth through high school and into college—an innovative approach that applies color, design and design thinking to promote academic success, job readiness and community service.
–Teacher, Edward Reynolds High School
Our students begin by picking up a paintbrush. As they transform their school, they are taught professional and transferrable work skills in commercial painting, making them an asset to the workforce and the economy. When they are finished transforming their own space, they are filled with pride at having created a newfound sense of safety and community in their environment.
With each school revitalization, tutoring session, career and college preparatory workshop and summer design studio class, our students grow more successful. We provide our students with the tools and confidence to realize their own personal, professional and academic potential.
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Since our inception in 1996, our students’ resilience and determination has inspired us to continue leading them in transforming their own communities and lives.
–Aaron Rashid Lewis, 2015 Publicolor Graduate
A full spectrum of individual, foundation, corporate and government donors make our work possible. Publicolorful thanks to you all!
Our team members are the catalysts of change in our students’ lives, at site, in the Publicolor office and in the community. They give our students the tools and confidence to realize their potential and be their best selves!
–Robert Vinci, Evaluation Manager
Make your life more Publicolorful! Pick up a brush and work with our students to transform underserved New York City communities into warm, welcoming, safe spaces, or become a tutor or mentor to our students during their critical years before college and career.