About Us

Our Story

Founded in 2001, in Pittsburg California, PWC began with an emphasis on mentorship and job-training. Founder, Veronica Pope, recognized that her community needed a safe alternative for young people experiencing growing failure, truancy, suspension, and drop-out rates. Aiming to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, she partnered with local businesses and schools to open a community carwash program. The Hip Hop Carwash (HHCW) gave adolescents real-world experience operating a “business” and a weekend safe-haven. Student referrals from Pittsburg Unified Schools, local law enforcement, and the juvenile probation department increased with the program’s notoriety. 

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Growth through Partnership

In 2009, in strategic partnership with the Contra Costa County Mental Health Department, PWC opened a permanent facility to provide after-school services. Today the Clinical Success After-School Program empowers youth through holistic supportive services, boasting a full-time mental health clinician, learning opportunities with credentialed teachers, and peer mentorship training

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