Solid State builds co-ops, but it’s a lot more than that.
Each co-op may be started by an individual youth or a group of youths, a mentor, or a local organization. Each group is made up of six to twelve youth with several mentors, all of whom are equal members. Members build skills, conduct community and market research and go through successive iterations of an enterprise idea. As they work, Solid State supports them with insight and direction from professionals in the field, training, individual and group skills, education and employment opportunities, and a dense network of friends and colleagues.