Seriously, we are not actually changing our tagline, but we are serious about the importance of failure in human development.
Nobody likes to fail. But for a teenager, failure can feel like devastation. When your ego and identity are still forming, what might seem like a small failure to others can cause heartbreak and self-blaming for teens.
Whether it’s a rejection by someone they’re crushing on, a poor score on the SATs, or a loss in sports, teenagers take failure hard.
However, the truth is that failure can offer much greater life lessons than success. But first, teens have to learn how to face failure head on. Faculty at Stanford and Harvard coined the term “failure deprived” a decade ago, to describe college-aged students who seemed to have difficulty dealing with everyday struggles. Moreover, they connected this lack of resilience with the mental health crisis on American college campuses in recent years.
At GlassRoots, we know that failure is a risk for our students, but one that they will experience safely here.
Ella had worked on an intricate fused glass piece for hours. Finally satisfied, she loaded her piece into the kiln for firing. A day later, she looked at the cracked mess. Materials expand when they are heated and contract when they are cooled. Glass is no exception. When we melt two glasses together to form one, they must contract uniformly when cooling, otherwise, a tension (stress) develops between them, causing a fracture. We might have expected that Ella would react negatively or emotionally... after all, she had put in so much time and energy. But instead, she looked at the cracking as an opportunity for inspiration and melted the glass again into something new. “Whenever I make art here I enjoy it, and welcome the unexpected accidents. I’m surprised by what I’m able to see and learn.”
Just like the glass, Ella had learned how to manage her tension, her stress; her instructor was right next to her to guide her through the experience.
One thing we’ll never do is fail our students.
That’s why your support is so essential.
Will you give us your vote of confidence in the work we do, the impact we make, the transformation we support, by making an investment into the lives and futures of the young people we serve?
Today, we’re asking that you make a donation to help us continue to transform lives through the power of glass art.
Can we count on you to make a meaningful gift today? Students will continue to fail, but with your support, we’ll continue to be there for them when they do.
With thanks and gratitude,
Barbara Heisler, CEO
Provident Bank's Michael Petrucci (VP/Market Manager) Darleen Gillespie (FVP/Regional Manager) (third from left) joined The Provident Bank Foundation's Jane Kurek (Executive Director) (second from left) and Samantha Plotino (Foundation Associate) (second from right) to present a Major Grant award to GlassRoots' CEO Barbara Heisler (third from right) and Board President Roger Tucker (far right.)
NEWARK, November 12, 2019—GlassRoots announced it has received a Major Grant in the amount of $15,000 from The Provident Bank Foundation to support their Out-of-School Programs.
GlassRoots was selected to receive the grant based on their successes providing a continuing net of support for disadvantaged students, which is likely to significantly improve their academic outcomes and reduce the wide gaps in achievement that exist. It follows that under these conditions, students will be more likely to graduate from high school and successfully prepare for college. GlassRoots programs use the magic of glass to engage and transform; to bring out talents and creativity, to help students see futures for themselves, to give them important life skills and practical skills, and to create connections with program staff, with social work and other services, and with potential employers and educators.)
Barbara Heisler, GlassRoots CEO, explained, “Through our unique STEAM-grounded glass-art classes and youth entrepreneurship programs, GlassRoots’ students gain hands-on experience in chemistry, physics, math and engineering while becoming entrepreneurs as they create and market their glass products. Consistently, we have seen that participation in glass art directly contributes to the development of students’ intellectual and personal capacities. For those who have failed in school, the experience of success in our studios impresses upon students that they can become agents of their own learning which can lead them to a brighter, more productive future. We can’t imagine more important outcomes.”
GlassRoots received the check during a presentation on November 12, 2019, at their Newark studios. Joining Ms. Heisler to accept the check was GlassRoots board president, Roger Tucker.
“The Provident Bank Foundation is honored to help further initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of residents in our local area,” said Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “We are pleased to support organizations that contribute to a sense of community and offer a diverse set of programs that make people healthier, happier and safer.”
The goal of the Major Grant is to support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and for the individuals they serve. The Provident Bank Foundation’s funding directly supports efforts to enhance the quality of life in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities served by Provident Bank through three Funding Priority Areas: Community Enrichment, Education, and Health, Youth & Families.
For more information about GlassRoots, visit glassroots.org.
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GlassRoots is a Newark-based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for achievement to youth and young adults by engaging them in the creation of glass art and the development of entrepreneurial and life skills. For more information, please call 973.353.9555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Provident Bank Foundation
The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $25 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities. For more information, visit www.theprovidentbankfoundation.org or call (862) 260-3990.
Supported with a generous grant from a donor, GlassRoots is happy to announce that Gayle Mahoney has joined our staff as Communications and Development Director.
Well known in the Essex County art community, Gayle has fifteen years’ experience building the capacities of nonprofits through her work in business development, grant management, fundraising and marketing. She has helped advance the mission of several arts nonprofits. She also provides art business coaching to emerging and professional artists and has been teaching her popular Business Bootcamp for Artists course.
Gayle is also a professional artist, and has worked in ceramics, metals and enamels, and most recently, in watercolor.
GlassRoots put out a call for an experienced and skilled storyteller with the energy and creativity to take our development and communication efforts to a new level, and Gayle fit that bill.
Read more about Gayle here.
Make a donation in Gayle's honor here.
GlassRoots is looking for a full-time apprentice to become a part of GlassRoots team working in a combined position including work as a studio technician, assistant glassblower, assistant glassblowing teacher and demonstrator. GlassRoots is willing to make a big investment in training for this individual, and for that reason, we will give preference to candidates willing to make a two year commitment.
GlassRoots, located in Newark, NJ, with the mission to transform the lives of underserved youth through the process of making glass art. We are a small nonprofit and we function as a supportive team to accomplish our mission.
The position reports to the Director of Programs, under the direct supervision of the lead glassblowing instructor; work is reviewed through inspection and observation of results.
The full job description is attached below.
This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. As an apprentice in training, the salary will be in the low 30’s.
Application Process: To apply, submit a cover letter that speaks directly to how you meet the qualifications of the job, and include a resume and salary requirements to Lisa Duggan, Program Director at lduggan(at)glassroots.org. No phone calls please. GlassRoots is an equal opportunity employer.
Calling all Newark-area High School Students: Learn Business & Entrepreneurship while you play with fire and glass!
GlassRoots is accepting applications for our 2019-20 Youth Entrepreneurial Spirit Program (YES!) for students grades 9 - 12.
GlassRoots is a non-profit organization located in the downtown arts district of Newark, New Jersey, that provides artistic and life-skills training to Newark area youth, ages 10 to 18, by engaging them in the creation of glass art.
Our YES! program, modeled after a nationally recognized curriculum, is an after-school, academic year-long course where we teach students the fundamentals of business creation and ownership through the beauty of glass-art making.