Where Craftsmanship Empowers Youth
Jobs & Training Opportunities
To provide jobs and enhanced training opportunities to empower graduates of the Challenge Program
To support the Challenge Program financially—all proceeds from CP Furniture sales are reinvested in the program
The Challenge Program
The Challenge Program, our parent organization and Delaware-based 501(c)(3), is an entry-level workforce development nonprofit that teaches work and life skills to youth (ages 18 to 24) facing serious barriers to employment. Challenge Program trainees are drawn from communities most in need of services. 90% of trainees are food insecure; 75% are in the legal system; 75% have experienced homelessness; 70% have been expelled from or dropped-out of traditional high school. As the program works to overcome these and other barriers, trainees receive wages and wrap-around case management services.
We aim to support and empower youth with enhanced training opportunities. Upon graduation, trainees who want to develop their skills further can join CP Furniture (CPF) as apprentices—taking on a full-time, one-year paid position in our shop. As a social enterprise of the Challenge Program, CPF contributes to the financial sustainability of the program through furniture sales.
Stories from the Shop
Hear what our trainees and apprentices have to say.
“You put all this work in, and you get to see the project completed. Often the client is so excited, they bring someone else into the shop. "
— Kyle Hamilton
“There’s a lot of resources here to help you figure out what you want to do. It helps you get on your feet... I got a career path now.”
— DEJA GREEN
PERFORMED BY CHARLISIA COLEMAN, CHALLENGE PROGRAM GRADUATE
“If it was not for The Challenge Program, I would not be where I am today.”
— ELIJAH PARKER
2023 Alumni Awardee
— Lamar harding
Support the Program
CP Furniture and its parent, The Challenge Program, help youth facing barriers to employment become self-sufficient. Your donation is a vital part of sustaining this effort. To contribute, please donate online or send a check (payable to Challenge Program Furniture) to Challenge Program Furniture at 1124 E. 7th Street Wilmington, DE 19801.GIVE
Thank you for your support!
The Challenge Program is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. All donations are tax deductible.