The Biz Pod Program: Empowering Creativity,
Building Businesses, Changing Lives
David’s Harp Foundation’s Biz Pod Program is a game-changing incubator initiative tailored to empower Opportunity Youth aged 16-24 with crucial entrepreneurship, content creation, and leadership skills. Nestled within the vibrant backdrop of San Diego’s $2.4 billion Creative Economy, the Biz Pod program offers a supportive and nurturing environment that kindles creativity, fosters community involvement, and amplifies the voices of our youth.
Our unique David’s Harp Family Business Model serves as the bedrock of the program, a testament to the resilience and potential in our youth when encircled by a compassionate, supportive community. Since its inception in 2017, Biz Pod has been a beacon of hope for youth transitioning from juvenile justice systems, homeless shelters, and extended foster care. It equips them with essential skills to thrive in the Creative Economy and contribute positively to their communities.
What sets the Biz Pod program apart is its scope that extends beyond traditional job training. It’s a pathway to a brighter future, fostering a community that impacts not only the individual but their families and communities. This impact is visible in the entrepreneurial ventures that the program has birthed.
Two notable student-founded “Family Businesses” that have emerged from the Biz Pod program are Warehouse Media and Red Dot Streaming. Warehouse Media is a video production company that offers high-quality, affordable content for non-profits and corporate organizations. Red Dot Streaming, on the other hand, is a burgeoning platform that brings creativity to the forefront of the digital space. Both these ventures are reshaping the broader creative economy while providing real-world entrepreneurial experience to our youth.
With success stories like Adrian Cantero, a TDHF Graduate and Instructor, the Biz Pod program illuminates the transformative power of a supportive, creative environment. Having already served 23 youth, enabled enrollments in community college, fostered the creation of four youth businesses, and helped three youth enroll in four-year universities, the Biz Pod program continually showcases the remarkable potential of creative youth development.
In essence, Biz Pod is more than a program – it’s a testament to the belief that with the right resources and support, Opportunity Youth can excel, shaping a brighter future for themselves and the Creative Economy.
DHF is a place where youth develop authentic relationships with trusted adults. We are a family that links arms and walks together through life’s highs and lows as Opportunity Youth successfully navigate homelessness, reengage in school, and complete probation.
We provide youth equitable access to San Diego’s 2.4 billion dollar creative economy. Youth earn a livable wage as they work side-by-side with industry professionals to produce corporate videos for companies ranging from SONY to the San Diego Symphony. Students develop their creative resumes as they attend community college to satisfy the program’s education requirements.
This creative content business incubator serves transitional youth between ages 18 and 24. Students learn and apply entrepreneurial business skills to produce cinematic quality and professional video content for clients, which include Sony, the San Diego Symphony, and The Jacobs Family Foundation. Since it was founded in 2017 by TDHF students Natalia Siordia, David Beltran, and Jesus Villegas, the BizPod has successfully launched four student-owned businesses that are still thriving today.
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