Thank you!

We met our goal.
Visit WMCAT in our new home
September 2018.





Your contribution will make a lasting impact.





Families can build income security through a career.
Teens can unleash their creative confidence.

the final countdown to a new home

We are excited to announce that we have met our goal for the purchase and build out of WMCAT’s new space!

As we prepare to welcome future adult and teen students to 614 First Street NW in September, we need your help to outfit classrooms and kick off another life-changing year of programming.

Help us raise $8,500 by June 30 to launch programs and welcome students to our new space.

All gifts made will be recognized in WMCAT’s new permanent home. This is the last chance for you, our WMCAT family, friends and alumni, to leave your mark!

about 614 first street

A new permanent home for WMCAT will improve organizational sustainability and position us to leverage new partnerships and new opportunities in equity, education and empowerment. The new space will be 22,040 square feet on the top floor of  a new three-story development from Rockford Construction at First and Seward (614 First Street Suite 300) on the West Side. WMCAT will be a nonprofit anchor on this super block that includes a new Meijer store on Bridge Street.

This space will nearly double our footprint, providing increased studio, classroom and collaborative spaces. Owning our facility will further ensure WMCAT’s sustainability and stability.


WMCAT is a national best practice for using innovation and design thinking to alleviate poverty, and empower adults and teens to pursue opportunity pathways. Our Adult Career Training and Teen Arts + Tech Programs have been recognized by The Aspen Institute, Stanford University’s and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for innovative approaches to income security, design thinking and teen arts engagement.

76 percent of adult students placed in living wage careers

94 percent of high school seniors graduate annually

Over $200,000 generated from WMCAT social enterprise, employing young adults

news + stories

Meet some of the students we’ve impacted and keep up to date on our ongoing progress

chris’s story
Christopher is a budding illustrator who has attended WMCAT for three years, working on public mural projects and ...
yesinia’s story
Yesenia followed her drive for a career to WMCAT where she graduated from our pharmacy technician program in 2015. ...
megan’s story
Megan participated in the WMCAT Teen Arts + Tech Program all four years of high school. She credits our teaching ...

get to know our cabinet

Collectively this team of leaders and community volunteers believe in opportunity. They are sharing WMCAT’s mission and our work to support adults in transitioning to new careers and teens transitioning to and through college. We thank them for leading the Leave Your Mark campaign.

how you can help