Manifestworks: More than Just a Job

Manifestworks: More than Just a Job

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In 2019, ManifestWorks has welcomed more applicants and more participants than ever before. We offer participants more resources, our alumni are working more, and we've expanded our team to better serve our participants. And we need your help in 2020.

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$10 per month

Your monthly gift of $10 provides crucial equipment for 4 participants to jumpstart their new careers.

$25 per month

Your monthly gift of $25 provides alumni access to ongoing professional opportunities to keep their careers on track after graduation.

$50 per month

Your monthly gift of $50 helps cover the ongoing case management and counseling support from our Social Services Program Manager.

$100 per month

Your monthly gift of $100 provides six participants their own computer and the training (making call sheets, tracking expenses and production budgets, building resumes, etc.) that immediately enhances their employability.

$500 per month

Your monthly gift of $500 covers the program costs for one participant, forever changing a life.

$1,000 per month

Your monthly gift of $1000 allows ManifestWorks to do more, to expand and improve our program and to find and support more people impacted by foster care, incarceration and homelessness.

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ManifestWorks is an immersive workforce-development organization, creating a direct pathway to living-wage jobs for those impacted by foster care, incarceration, and homelessness. 

Since 2014, we have found the cycles of institutionalization can be overcome: Our 12-week program consists of hands-on classes with working professionals in film and television who teach participants about every facet of the business — and share freelance opportunities with those ready for work. 

How we measure our success: 

- Around 80 percent of those entering ManifestWorks receive at least one form of welfare or government assistance (Medicare, housing vouchers, etc.); this drops to 7 percent one year after entering the program. 

 - Only 29 percent of those starting ManifestWorks have full-time employment. In the first year after completing the program, 93 percent of participants report being employed full- or part-time; this rises to 100 percent of participants after one year. 

- On average, participants enter ManifestWorks earning $285 per week. This rises to $1,172 per week (an annualized salary of $60,944) one year after starting ManifestWorks. 

 - Thus far, we have seen less than one percent of our alumni return to prison (compared to the 65% recidivism rate in California). And our participants are happier and healthier, with 100 percent of alumni reporting that their life has a sense of direction and meaning.

ManifestWorks is a tax-exempt public charity (federal tax ID #47-5485332). All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial donation.