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.
In our program they learned flameworking skills, how to create an Etsy site and to develop their own products to create and sell. They leave the program inspired and armed with tools to enable them to work on their own businesses.
A mother of three from one of our earlier classes has successfully sold items on Etsy and received a 5-star review from one of her customers!
By the numbers:
32 women have completed the program as of June 2018
Many now make & sell their own jewelry at home
1 was hired as a flameworking instructor at GlassRoots
Students in this GlassRoots collaborative program attend 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 13-week college-bound program.
Adelin says her biggest success was, "Coming to understand my connection with art and installation.”
By the numbers: Each year, 6 students per year complete the course, and enroll at a local college or University with 9 college credits. Ten students have enrolled in college; one graduated in May.
Josh began the Rutgers Newark Honors Program this fall!
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 volcanoes.
"Working with molten glass made learning about volcanoes a fun experience.”
By the numbers:
Over 500 Newark students have been awed by this program since its inception in 2015; about half this year this year alone!
Long Term Mosaic Residency -- East Orange Public Schools
GlassRoots’ offers long term mosaic residencies to teach students “life skills” like team building, problem solving and communication through the collaborating on a group mosaic.
Watch for the installation of the large-scale mosaic panels this fall, completed over the last three years at Cicely Tyson School in East Orange.
By the numbers: GlassRoots instructors helped teachers and students in the creation of the panels, from initial design to completed mosaics, working with over 100 students over the three years.