Do any of these situations describe you, or someone you know?

  • A young adult or teen from any background, with any challenging life circumstances;
  • Motivated to learn; willing to work hard and improve your situation;
  • Tired of school, and not college-bound (we encourage you to earn at least a high school diploma; even if you have dropped out, you may be able to join our trainee program);
  • Free of substance abuse issues (we can refer you to an outside recovery program if you need one, and you must be clean and sober to join our trainee program);
  • Getting out of jail, or at risk of going to jail (we will not tolerate criminal activity within our organization, but even with a criminal record you may be able to join our trainee program);
  • In any type of danger, or at risk of harming yourself or others. Please don't wait. We can connect you with experienced professional counselors if you need some type of assistance.

If any of this sounds like your situation — if you are ready to challenge yourself to make a fresh start — you can attend a mentoring meeting to ask questions and see if our trainee program is right for you.

You're invited to contact us with questions. All inquiries will be kept confidential.



Sunlight Painting & Trade School is accepting applications from motivated young adults who want to learn a trade. We currently offer training in interior and exterior painting. Later we will offer training in other professional trades, such as:

  • Carpentry and drywall hanging
  • Light automotive services (oil change, tire change, filters, batteries)
  • Bartending and restaurant serving
  • Soccer coaching and refereeing
  • Sales and marketing
  • Community organizing
  • Job applications and interviewing techniques

We are also seeking additional community partners, financial sponsors, and mentors for the young adults in our trade school and mentoring programs. Please contact us if you can offer assistance. Thank you for your support!