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.
Maria says “ I sold my necklace to someone while I was wearing it! I know I can sell more.”
By the numbers:
32 women have completed the program as of June 2018
Manynow 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.
Laura says, “The foundation weeks at GlassRoots were great. Now I’m ready for anything!”
By the numbers: Each year, 6 students per year complete the course, and enroll at a local college or University with 9 college credits!
Josh will begin in 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 volcanos.
Girls STEAM Day participant, Natasha said, “Combining art and science is a good way for me to learn.”
By the numbers:
Over 500 Newark students have been awed by this program since its inception in 2015.
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.