Sanctuary Screenprinting is not your typical t-shirt company. Their production team is made up of homeless and street involved youth enrolled in pre-employment training internships. As a program of the Sanctuary Art Center, the internships are designed to teach youth specific vocational skills related to the silkscreen trade. In addition, youth receive case management and basic employment training from our community partners at the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Together we give these youth the skills necessary to become employable in the mainstream workforce. Because we are non-profit entity all proceeds made from sales go directly toward supporting our various programs for at-risk youth.
Many of the youth we serve come from situations in which they were not valued. We believe that the creative process is an excellent tool for building confidence and self esteem in the young people we teach. When a youth is able to create a t-shirt from a basic concept to a finished product they feel a great sense of accomplishment. With each shirt made youth gain confidence and knowledge. By purchasing shirts through Sanctuary Screenprinting you are sending a strong message to the youth that they are valuable and have something to give back to their community.