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THE WILL & JADA SMITH
FAMILY FOUNDATION –
working to improve lives and better the world throught 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:
Connecting students with industry leaders, innovators, and decision makers at our multi-city CIE Tour.
Enrolling students in the CIE Network, where they can stay connected to peers and mentors and have support as they pursue their career goals.
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
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 CIE Tour is a multi-city program designed to introduce students to entertainment industry professionals through Q&A panels and interactive career fairs.
- New York City: September 21, 2016.
- Washington, DC: April 26, 2017
- Atlanta, GA October 20, 2017
“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