Who leads Painted Brain Academy trainings?
Painted Brain Academy combines the strengths of our social work interns and peer leaders with professionals and graduate students in the fields of study. For example, Coding Academy is taught by Painted Brain’s CTO and Co-founder David Israelian, who is also a coding professional and CEO of his other company, CodiePie. Our journalism program featured students from USC’s graduate school of journalism. Photojournalism is taught by a team of professional photographers from our friends at the BEN Group.
How is Painted Brain Academy different than other training opportunities?
Painted Brain is unique in our commitment to providing high quality training and teaching opportunities in a setting that is accepting of personal and interpersonal difference. We operate from a trauma-informed stance and accept that members of our community, and interested learners, come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Our team leaders provide a safe and supportive environment and are knowledgeable about the impacts of mental illness and trauma on personality and interpersonal style.
Choosing to offer our Coding Academy is intentional as a recognition of both the opportunities for employment available with these highly sought skills and an understanding that coding and programming are fairly solitary activities where output and ability is more important than social interaction. This can harness the secret strengths of many of our members without exposing them to unwanted social engagement requirements necessary in most areas of work.
Why do we need Painted Brain Academy?
Painted Brain is growing exponentially so in addition to training people in sustainable and interesting skills, we are also actively growing our own team and investing time and resources in developing the skills and opportunities for our members. Painted Brain is about giving voice, and the academy is about training people to use that voice as journalists and tech entrepreneurs.
Where does Painted Brain Academy happen?
The Academy is on the move. Currently and in Academies past, we have operated at our headquarters, or at least used this as a base of operations for our many outings and experiential opportunities in the community. We are in active negotiations in several areas of the Los Angeles Mental Health system in bringing our Academy to other venues. We hope and intend to offer our training program across the public social services system.
How can I get involved?
If you are interested in joining future training programs on journalism, social media coding and web design, and/or photojournalism skills, send your interest to our director at:
- Titled “Academy Interest“.
If you have a skill or talent that you would like to teach to our members, please contact our volunteer coordinator Kevin Naruse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to donate money or equipment to our Academy, by all means contact us!