Hollywood Arts grew fast in the next year. By year two we had connected with over 300 young adults, homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Our teaching pool had grown and more staff was hired. At the same time, we developed new programs to meet the needs of our young students.
We created career-based mentorships where students worked with professionals on projects in which they were interested while getting the one-on-one emotional support mentors can provide. We partnered with the local city college to help some of our students transition to formal higher education. We launched an internship program and to this day stand behind Comcast for being the first major entertainment company to embrace us and our students. Comcast branded this program by taking an intern from Hollywood Arts who months later became a full-time employee with the agency.