The Bead Shop
Over 60% of Newark’s residents are single moms and 40% live in poverty. Our craft entrepreneurship program empowers these women and help them to earn supplemental income.
They learned flameworking skills, how to create an Etsy site and to develop their own products to create and sell. They left the program inspired and armed with tools to enable them to work on their own businesses.
Maria says “ I sold my necklace to someone while I was wearing it! I know I can sell more.”
By the numbers:
20 women have completed the program as of December 2016
Half now make & sell their own jewelry at home
1 was hired as a flameworking instructor at GlassRoots
Students in this new GlassRoots collaborative program are attending an intensive 8-week course in various crafts at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, with a focus in clay, textiles, glass and other crafts,as part of this overall 12-week college-bound program.
Laura says, “The foundation weeks at GlassRoots were great. Now I’m ready for anything!”
By the numbers: For each of the next three years, 6 students per year will complete the course, and enroll at Essex County College or Rutgers University with 9 college credits!
The Glass Volcano Experience
So many students see science as boring or mystifying. GlassRoots makes the subject come alive by supporting an exciting program that explores the science of volcanoes using fire and molten glass. The curriculum, designed by GlassRoots and Rutgers Earth Science professor, Dr. Alec Gates, gives hundreds of Newark school children a hands-on understanding of volcanos.
Girls STEAM Day participant, Natasha said, “Combining art and science is a good way for me to learn.”
By the numbers:
In the 15-16 academic year, 13 Newark-area middle and high school groups (2 groups for girls only), ages 11 to 18 Approximately 375 at-risk youth in total
Long Term Mosaic Residency -- Philip's Academy Charter School, Newark
GlassRoots’ offers long term Mosaic residencies to teach kids “life skills” like team building, problem solving and communication through the collaborating on a group mosaic. In the case of Philip’s Academy Charter School in Newark, the graduating 8th graders created a “legacy” mosaic that each future 8th grade class will add to.
A Philip’s School Administrator said, “Any young person who experiences GlassRoots should consider themselves lucky. GlassRoots provides a safe environment, positive role models and rigorous and fun mosaic program!”
By the numbers: More than 30 students collaborated for 15 weeks to create the large mosaic installed in Philips’ outdoor roof garden last academic year, with additional classes the year prior and coming up. We hope Michelle Obama enjoyed it when she visited the site last spring!