Barbara had the chance to talk with Steve Adubato about entrepreneurship, leadership and our future plans. So much has happened since our first visit three years ago. Watch!
Throughout each day, students will be impacted by countless experiences that will help to shape their character and guide them on a path that may offer a stronger, better future. At our annual fall celebration a few weeks ago, we talked with our guests about the range and impact of our out-of-school programming, and, not surprisingly, the knowledge of our program reach was new to some. Researchers report that many of the benefits of out-of-school programming – including building social capital by providing the opportunity to develop friendships with peers and adults, opening doors to new experiences, and closing the opportunity gap – have long been ignored.
GlassRoots out-of-school programming for youth includes three long-term programs, plus a wide variety of camps, special programs and lessons. Our long-term programs include:
Through these programs alone we served over 500 students last year, in nearly 4000 visits, providing almost 10,000 hours of instruction!
Generally, too many urban, low-income youth grow up without even a cursory understanding of what high-quality arts programs are like, or what benefits may accrue from participation. GlassRoots’ evaluations show that we play an important role in providing this understanding for students from the Greater Newark community.
National studies show that arts-based after-school programs:
Our findings mirror the national studies. You can read more about our impact on our Impact Page.
Your gift today makes it possible for GlassRoots to continue to work with youth and provide alternatives to risky behavior. Your gift is about offering the experience that shapes their future. And your gift to GlassRoots affirms that our programs channel energy into positive quests for better education, stronger family life and rich community.
As part of a well-regarded report, which studied the impact of the arts on learning, researchers found that young people engaged with arts-based organizations gain practice in thinking and talking as adults. They go on to say that participants in arts-based programs had dramatic increases in language development, reasoning, and questioning ability. They end by saying, “a key outcome for youth engaged with the arts is not just academic development, but also work opportunity—the chance for youth to apply skills, techniques, and habits of mind through employment in arts and/or community-related fields.”
In our YES! Program, similarly, our students reported high gains in skills in multiple measurements: goal setting, financial management, marketing and selling, team building, written communication and creative thinking; all skills needed to help students keep up with the lightning-pace of today’s modern markets.
Please join us and invest in this community dedicated to giving youth brighter futures.
And perhaps, consider making your gift as a monthly donor knowing that each month you will have an immediate impact on GlassRoots’ students!
Please make a gift today to immediately impact the future of our students!
With our great thanks,
Barbara Heisler, CEO
In 2018, with the help of Dana Glazer, GlassRoots captured our story in a most compelling way! Take a look and tell us what you think. Here's our favorite:
There are six short videos and one longer video for you to enjoy and share here.
FLAT SHOP INSTRUCTOR
GlassRoots is looking for a great Flatshop Instructor to join the artistic staff of our exciting and growing arts education organization in Newark NJ. This is a skilled artistic and technical work position which includes teaching, fabrication and repair of glass pieces in flat shop / kiln forming studio. We’re seeking a self-motivated individual who is can assist in the development, implementation and delivery of our artistic programs.
Work involves instruction of students in flat shop/ kilnforming, the operation of facilities required for the instruction, fabrication and repair of a wide variety of glass pieces. On any given day you’ll be providing instruction to students participating in GlassRoots’ long and short term programs, maintaining the flat shop, advising and consulting with other program staff on the development of programs. Additional responsibility includes the creation of sales and commission works. Work is reviewed through inspection and observation of results.
This is full time position, with hours that may vary depending on class scheduling. Salary is in the low $30s. Benefits included.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Read more about GlassRoots at www.glassroots.org. Candidates must have ability to clear background checks and must have their own transportation.
Important: To apply, email a cover letter in the body of your message including salary requirements and attach resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the job in the subject field. No calls please.
It's July and a new year is upon us here at GlassRoots, and you deserve a special thanks for supporting us during our last year. You've brought us to this point, and we'll glad you're with us!
GlassRoots has many upcoming events and programs working with students during the summer. Our Assistant Program Director, Kate Dowd, leads our summer youth program, Youth Leadership Corps (YLC). YLC has a main goal of equipping our young students with leadership qualities while making the experience enjoyable and fulfilling. For six weeks, a cohort of high energy Newark high school students receive onsite training and experiences, with weekly themes that address 21st century skills such as goals setting, collaboration, communication, career planning, and problem solving. These skills are essential to helping students and future entrepreneurs flourish in any career field and direction they deem fitting.
We thrive knowing that students are being creatively engaged while simultaneously acquiring knowledge and skills. As mentors to our younger students, these teens experience a good deal of growth quickly.
Kate’s goals are clear, “Our students develop leadership and planning skills. Students will get to run and manage a walk-in workshop program this summer. The students will lead their own marketing campaign, teach their own workshop and showcase a demo in our hotshop. They will name their workshop, and market it themselves.”
We’ll also see over 300 young people through our partnership with the Newark Public Schools Summer Plus program, and more in our summer camps. And our Adult classes continue through the summer as well!
Your strong financial support has enabled us to continue to provide impactful programs to students and give them the ability to have these experiences. GlassRoots continues to be a place where students can grow creatively and intellectually while expanding their interests through the wonderful world of glass art!
Join us this summer! GlassRoots is a wonderful place to be!
(Special thanks to our NCLC Summer Intern Shanay Chambers for her contributions to this blog post!)