CHANGE STARTS AT HOME
Built into the OBRA business plan is a commitment to redistribute a share of OBRA revenues to non-profit organizations focused on arts, education and/or civil liberties within local underserved youth communities.
Following 2018's initiative with Red Hook Labs, in 2019, OBRA donates $10.00 to Scope Of Work for each pair of shoe sold on our website.
Scope Of Work is a talent development agency for underrepresented young people that aims to establish equity in the creative industry.
Founded in 2016 by Geneva White and Eda Levenson, two career artists and educators of color with over a decade-long career in youth development and arts-education sector. SOW’s vision is to build a more inclusive creative ecosystem. SOW specifically supports young creatives of color, ages 17-24 years old, hailing from all five boroughs of NYC.
Scope Of Work’s ecosystem was designed to realize equity and reflective representation for those who hold the keys to the future of one of NYC’s fastest-growing sectors: young creatives of color.
SOW’s strategies provide broader value to the creative industry at large by providing opportunities for meaningful investment in the next generation of diverse talent. In 2018, SOW:
- Built a community of over 200 young creatives of color to their talent roster.
- Hosted monthly industry-lead skill-building programming.
- Published a 40 page research report on best practices for positive early workplace experiences for young people of color in the creative sector.
- Placed 23 young creatives of color in freelance, part-time and full-time positions.
SOW’s ecosystem is a conduit and a blueprint for the creative industry to nurture and invest in the next creative class. The strategy is built on 3 pillars:
- Talent Development
- Talent Pipeline
- Talent Agency
Talent Development: Curriculum-based programming and curated studio experiences with established artists and creative professionals prepare young creatives of color to launch their creative careers.
Talent Pipeline: SOW’s Fellowship program reinvents the internship model by making it mutually beneficial. SOW simultaneously supports the fellow to navigate their first early workplace experiences while sharing best practices for fostering and retain young creatives of color with its creative partners.
Talent Agency: SOW recruits top undiscovered young creative talent with fresh, new perspectives for companies, brands, studios, and institutions for freelance, project-based, part-time, and full-time opportunities.