The Marcus Graham Project Deploys The Future
The second Year of ad industry-sponsored boot camp met with success
Nearly one month ago, 11 young men completed a summer long program that has truly enhanced the course of their lives. The 2010 Class of The Marcus Graham Project’s iCR8 Summer Boot Camp was able to get a glimpse into their future and move forward with an even stronger passion for everything that they would like to achieve. It is because of the collective support and well wishes of the advertising & media community both in Dallas and abroad that they were able to have a tremendous summer of learning, growth and relationship building.
In its second year, the boot camp promotes diversity and inclusion by giving aspirants in the field of advertising and marketing the exposure and experience necessary to solidify careers within the industry. As part of the program, boot camp participants created a full-service agency called MetaTHINQ, for which they will implement a full-scale market research study focusing on connectivity, and provide real-world marketing and advertising solutions for AT&T, Globe Aware, Passport and other clients.
So far, out of the six team members that were looking for immediate employment or internships at the end of the summer, three of them have now received paid internship opportunities at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, as well as The Richards Group and RAPP in Dallas. Please join MGP in congratulating Brian Lee, Sebastian Go and Kevin Green on their next step into becoming successful in this industry.
“After my first few days here [at Wieden + Kennedy] I can definitely say that The Marcus Graham Project prepared me for this opportunity,” says Brian Lee, one of the boot camp graduates. “Had I not experienced the ten weeks of intense training, I can honestly say that I would not have been prepared.”
Sponsors and agency supporters included: MDC Partners; Wieden + Kennedy; 4 A’s; Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners; Interpublic Group; Sanders/Wingo; RAPP; TracyLocke; Imaginuity, Reach Media and The Tom Joyner Foundation; The Richards Group; Moroch; Slingshot; Culture Lab; Nooka; South Side on Lamar; Howland PR; TPN; The Design Factory; Demond Meek and Jon Genius.
MGP is currently making plans for the 2011 summer boot camp. Applications are currently available online at: http://www.marcusgrahamproject.org/?page_id=20 and will be due on December 31. Additionally, corporate and agency sponsorship packages will be available on Monday Sept. 20. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship or interested in your brand becoming a client of the program please email: email@example.com.
About Marcus Graham Project
The Marcus Graham Project is a national network of diverse professionals that have purposed themselves in developing the next generation of thought leadership within the advertising, media and marketing industry. The vision of The Marcus Graham Project (MGP) is to provide long term access to information, technology, financial and people resources that will strategically develop a viable pool of talent and leadership within the industry. The Marcus Graham Project is a 501 (c) 3 organization.