The Guild

What is the Guild? 

The Guild, a paid apprenticeship program, gives formerly incarcerated individuals and young adults on probation the opportunity to reconnect with their community while developing job skills. Through work on creative projects like mural making, carpentry, and mosaics, members of the Guild, guided by artists and other skilled professionals, transform their neighborhoods and themselves.
Designed to incorporate concepts of community, victim, and individual restoration in every aspect of the program, The Guild seeks to prevent re-incarceration and further the employment or educational objectives of each participant.

Guild participants are trained in: 

  • Wall and Mural Repair and Installation
  • Mosaic Tiling
  • Landscaping
  • Carpentry
  • Scaffold Installation

In addition to the skills built through work, the Guild offers classes in job readiness and parenting, as well as referrals to academic support programs that assist with access to the GED and higher education.

Bench Building at Maguire Playground in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.

The program boasts a remarkable track record in reducing recidivism, or the re-incarceration of former inmates. During the program and for the following 18 months, participants in the Guild are recidivistic at a marginal rate of 16%, versus a 35% average across the state of Pennsylvania.

At the Guild, I didn’t make friends. I made family.

- Shaquan Smith

How can I learn more? 

For more information on The Guild, please call 215-685-0756.