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.
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