The Education Fund is broken down into two Programs: the Scholarship Program and the Mentorship Program.
The Scholarship Program began in September 2009 when TAP administered its first scholarship to two Facilitator-in-Training (FIT) Program graduates: Shaneil Orr and Jodean Tapper. The girls are currently completing their third year of the Bachelor of Arts diploma program at the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. TAP hopes to offer more scholarships to its participants in the future in order to give back to communities in need and facilitate long-term growth.
The Mentorship Program allows participants to gain real job experience throughout the program which supplements their participation in daily arts workshops. Participants shadow TAP volunteers in areas where they wish to eventually obtain a career. For example, TAP’s first Mentorship Program participant, Shemaine Hamilton, shadowed TAP’s President as an Administrative Assistant and assisted with program registration, scheduling, logistics and budget during the 2009 project. Shemaine is now the Co-Project Coordinator for TAP Jamaica 2012. In 2011, TAP also opened this opportunity to additional participants who assisted as the Photography Crew and Chef.
I definitely and positively know that TAP is where my heart and soul is right now. I see so much things happening for TAP and that we can come together as a team to accomplish...so I think I owe it to myself and all the other kids out there like myself to just continue making TAP a lifelong project...and know that the sky is the limit for the team.
- Jodean Tapper, Scholarship Recipient, 19