Answering the call where need is great: arts & education, sustainability and social empowerment
The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation-
dedicated to improving lives and bettering the world around us.
Influence through illumination
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.
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.
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
“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
The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation is proud to support the following organizations: