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Community Partnerships

The school wing of our organization is well known for its exemplary history of community outreach. For over 40 years, the Piven Theatre Workshop has consistently provided extensive aid through its scholarship program, offering training at little or no cost to under-served and economically disadvantaged students. During a school year, the Workshop grants approximately $30,000 worth of need-based scholarships to students.

In addition to scholarship aid, the Workshop currently maintains a 15+ year relationship and outreach program with Chicago’s Off the Street Club, serving youth on Chicago's west side, as well as offering a special program for young adults with developmental delays through the Piven Empowerment through Enrichment Program (PEEP).

Other past outreach programs have involved the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Youth Organization Umbrella, the Center for Independent Futures, Urban Gateways, the PACE Program of National Louis University and Mothers Against Gangs.