The promise of The Children’s Coalition, Inc. is to cultivate children to become self-reliant and contributing members within their community by developing skills, opening doors, and providing economic opportunities. Our vision is helping children develop positive interests in computer technology and the arts. TCCI provides an atmosphere which encourages healthy self-esteem, respect, and overall personal development. We help children attain basic academic and social skills commensurate with their age and maturity. We focus on cultural development, and the strengthening of community and family ties by giving children focused exposure to the community’s artistic and computer technology talent and role models, both public and private, and to community facilities and projects. We provide exposure, through hands-on training, to vocational sectors in order to prepare youth for technical apprentice programs, higher education, and beyond.
The Children’s Coalition, Inc. (“TCCI”) is a community-based organization devoted to teaching and serving inner-city and otherwise “at-risk” youths. We provide prevention, intervention, and diversion services to children and young adults with a history of adjudication and poor academic performance using visual and media arts programming. TCCI was founded in 1993, and is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida.
The company’s mission is to serve and save the community through the tools of arts and technology. Our focus of the Children’s Coalition, Inc. is to create an immediate and long term positive impact in the lives of at-risk youth by providing hands-on education in media arts and technology. TCCI’s mission is offering our target population positive alternatives to crime, recidivism, and substance abuse. We accomplish this by providing participants in our programs with instruction in multi-media arts and computer technology for personal, cultural, and vocational skill development. TCCI helps students attain basic academic and social skills commensurate with their age and maturity, pursue educational goals, and develop marketable skills to assist students in obtaining and holding jobs in arts and technology-related markets. We bridge the growing cultural and technological divide which separates our student population from their more affluent counterparts. We emphasize technology-based training, life skills, positive community involvement, and public service. Our short and long-term goals include expanding existing programs, developing new programs, securing permanent housing, and becoming a self-funding organization.
TCCI offers year-round, after-school computer and multi-media arts and entrepreneurship workshops to students, ages (5) five to adult. These students are drawn primarily from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods located in and around Palm Beach County, Florida. Students are referred for entry into our programs by the Palm Beach County School Board, Palm Beach County Department of Children and Families and the Palm Beach County Department of Juvenile Justice based on low academic performance (D’s and/or F’s in two subject areas) and status as first time or repeat criminal offenders as defined by the Palm Beach County Department of Juvenile Justice.
We presently receive referrals and provide workshop outreach services to the following organizations: Palm Beach County Court System, Departments of Juvenile Justice and Children and Families, The City of West Palm Beach Recreation Centers; The Palm Beach County Boys and Girls Clubs; and the Palm Beach County School Board. We offer technology and computer/multi-media skills workshops to juveniles at their detention center locations, at “aftercare” programs upon their release into the community, at alternative education centers, during the day and on an after-school basis.
For more information on TCCI’s specific program offerings, please visit the programs and services page here.
Quilting, sewing, fashion design, and crafts
Permanent job placement
To help the under privileged and foster children develop positive interests in the arts and express their creativity through an artistic medium. To provide an artistic atmosphere for strengthening self-esteem, respect, and overall personal development. To help children attain basic academic and social skills commensurate with their age and maturity. To focus cultural development and strengthening of community and family ties by giving children exposure to the community’s artistic talent and role models, both public and private, and to community facilities and projects. To provide exposure, through hands-on training, to vocational sectors in order to prepare youth for technical apprentice programs. To develop marketable skills and assist children in obtaining and holding jobs in arts and related markets.