THE WILL & JADA SMITH FAMILY FOUNDATION

Working to improve lives and better the world through arts, education, sustainability, and social empowerment.

The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment initiative empowers aspirational high school and college students to pursue careers in the entertainment industry.

CIE shortens the distance between dreams and reality for young people by focusing on three objectives:

ACCESS

Connecting students with industry leaders, innovators, and decision makers at our multi-city CIE Tour.

OPPORTUNITY

Enrolling students in the CIE Network, where they can stay connected to peers and mentors and have support as they pursue their career goals.

INCLUSION

Providing on-going professional development and stipends through the CIE All-Stars program.

The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment initiative empowers aspirational high school and college students to pursue careers in the entertainment industry.

CIE shortens the distance between dreams and reality for young people by focusing on three objectives:

ACCESS

Connecting students with industry leaders, innovators, and decision makers at our multi-city CIE Tour.

OPPORTUNITY

Enrolling students in the CIE Network, where they can stay connected to peers and mentors and have support as they pursue their career goals.

INCLUSION

Providing on-going professional development and stipends through the CIE All-Stars program.
“Regardless of who you are or where you came from, your voice is important.”

– Jada Pinkett Smith –

– Jada Pinkett Smith –

We believe that all people—regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, or physical ability—should have the opportunity to participate in storytelling, both behind and in front of the camera.

By finding the next generation of leaders from diverse communities, we can help change the face of the entertainment industry. Our goal is to expose talented youth to the wide range of professions available within the business and present clear avenues to their desired career paths.

“Change is necessary and you have to move the culture with change.”

– Jada Pinkett Smith

We believe that all people—regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, or physical ability—should have the opportunity to participate in storytelling, both behind and in front of the camera.

By finding the next generation of leaders from diverse communities, we can help change the face of the entertainment industry. Our goal is to expose talented youth to the wide range of professions available within the business and present clear avenues to their desired career paths.

“Change is necessary and you have to move the culture with change.”

– Jada Pinkett Smith

THE TOUR

The CIE Tour is a multi-city program designed to introduce students to entertainment industry professionals through Q&A panels and interactive career fairs.

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    New York City: September 21, 2016
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    Washington, DC: April 26, 2017
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    Atlanta, GA October 20, 2017

NEXT STOPS

Chicago, Philadelphia, London, Los Angeles

PARTNERS

“If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other people’s lives better.”

– Will Smith –

– Will Smith –

The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation and Discovery share a common mission: to give the talented, motivated and inspired young men and women – who will one day be our thought-leaders and changemakers – the resources to realize their career dreams and also create a better world.

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) is an independent, non-partisan alliance born out of President Obama’s call to action to ensure all of our nation’s boys and young men of color have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.

The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission – unchanged since 1913 – is to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot.

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment encompasses the key economic and creative sectors of film, TV, theater, music, advertising, publishing, digital content and real estate as it relates to these industries. In total, these sectors account for over 305,000 jobs, and an economic output of $104 billion. The office promotes New York City as a thriving centre of creativity, issuing permits for productions filming on public property, and facilitating production throughout the five boroughs.

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OUR GRANTEES

The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation is proud to support the following organizations: