In 2015, UNIFI's creative economy program is a fusion of our art, innovation and business programs. Our creative economy program promotes the resurgence of defunct and distressed business districts in the District of Columbia and in Maryland, through the establishment of unique creative ecosystems that jolt creative individuals with supporting technology, funding, and business and industry-specific logistical expertise to start and grow into successful businesses.
UNIFI has partnered with THE FRESH FOOD FACTORY in Prince George's County, MD in launching it pilot progam for culinary artists.
Creative Economy Program
Started in 2006, our entrepreneurship program drives the economical and social progress of residents in underserved communities by teaching youth and young adults to become business oriented. Participants of the program learned of business strategies from current events, expert advice, and from small business owners. These emerging entrepreneurs learned how to gauge if their idea is feasible, develop a business plan, build a brand, market their product/service, identify capital and etc.
Currently, UNIFI is partnering with Baltimore, MD's DLLR-Division of Workforce Development in providing business and personal development training on topics such as financial literacy, career development and entrepreneurship as a viable option. The organization is gearing up for 2015-2016's industry-specific career/business development program in Baltimore, MD. This program will enhance UNIFI's multi-year offerings of business counseling and training to include industry specific technical assistance activities in the creative economy to include the culinary arts, construction/real estate development, professional service providers and other fields.
In 2016, UNIFI will further promote economic vitality for the under-served and under-valued Penn-North/Druid Heights community through the provision of technical assistance and accommodations for small and disadvantaged businesses at our location at 1378 West North Avenue. These activities will further our vision to ameliorate health disparities in the Penn-North community through the elimination of unsafe and hazardous conditions while also decreasing economic inequalities and enhancing the aesthetic value of the community in relation to the city.
Mobile Medical Program
Started in 2006, our medical program affords youth and young adults the opportunity of shadowing physicians and nurses providing medical care and supplies, and conducting HIV/AIDS, nutrition and and other health and wellness workshops for individuals and families in need.
Since UNIFI has hosted health and HIV/AIDS awareness events such as school tours and concerts to encourage healthy interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. Our events featured performances by supporting artists Janelle Monáe, Scar, Keisha Lu, Glenn Lewis and Jon B.
Currently UNIFI is gearing up for 2014's medical program to provide nutritional and medical assistance for our international outreach in Nigeria and Nicaragua.
Art & Entertainment Program
Started in 2005, our program highlights the talent of youth in the arts: fine, digital and performing, also to include fashion design. UNIFI matches their talent with skills through the provisions of mentors, finances and other opportunities to propel them in the facet of entertainment that they have chosen to pursue.
This program soon expanded to introduce and acclimate youth in the various facets of video/film production, i.e. producing, directing, studio and field filming, editing, script writing and hosting. UNIFI promoted youth within this program to produce positive stories, news and events that will entertain as well as to educate their viewers.
Currently UNIFI is gearing up for 2016's functional and interactive public art project that will enhance community vitality through expanded tourism and educational opportunities for residents. The primary goals are to further the “One City” movement, to increase tourism outside of the Northwest Monumental Core to less visited locations throughout the District, and to promote the history and the development of the target communities.
UNIFI has established a number of partnerships and collaborations, and has co-sponsored a variety of events and programs with groups throughout the region a list that keeps growing. Join UNIFI in being the catalyst for business development, community revitalization, arts and cultural enrichment in Washington, DC, Prince George's County and Baltimore, MD!