Forging Lives through Fire and Glass GlassRoots programs include exciting workforce development programs, youth leadership and entrepreneurship programs, and curriculum for STEM learning based on glass. Here are some examples of our impact!
Our Programs As of June 2019 GlassRoots has served over 20,000 young people with its programs, with its primary focus on students in the city of Newark, as well as students in the greater Newark area in the nearby communities of Orange, East Orange, and Irvington. GlassRoots conducts programming at both at our studios in Newark and on location within the community at schools, municipal recreation centers and community centers including; • school field trips • high-quality after-school, weekend, and summer workshops • workforce development and entrepreneurship programs for young adults that develop skills and create opportunities for residents to generate income • glass-art education programs for people of all ages in our public weekend and evening classes • glass-art educational programs for adults and young adults with developmental disabilities • studio rental space for glass artists • one-of-a-kind commissioned artwork and awards
Whatever the setting, GlassRoots programs encourage and promote students to create and innovate, to reach and exceed their potential, and to guide them towards educational and career opportunities that they may have not had access to otherwise. Our programs offer students: • specific connections to New Jersey State Learning Standards in art, math and science • a connection to STEM and STEAM based careers and occupations • multiple opportunities to practice 21st century skills such as creativity, cooperation, collaboration and communication, and • multiple opportunities to develop social-emotional skills which are transferable to other areas in life. Public benefits of our work include access to the arts for at-risk youth and under-resourced communities.
Additionally, GlassRoots continues to be a valuable resource for educators offering high-quality Professional Development workshops and curriculum enhancing in-school residencies.
Our Impact: Evaluation Tools and Methods To measure the effectiveness and impact of our programs, GlassRoots uses a number of tools including, beginning in 2015, data collection and analysis using a Program Evaluation and Assessment protocol developed and funded through the generosity of the Victoria and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundations.
Our primary instrument is a questionnaire, or survey, designed to measure changes in behavior, attitude and knowledge. Students participating in a one day workshop complete a single exposure post-program survey; students in long-term programs complete pre and post program surveys which measure growth. We continue to use paper surveys but have added online/digital versions using QR codes. Additionally we use teacher observations, interviews and reflective conversations between teachers and students, and post-program de-briefings in the assessment of all our programming.
The Year in Numbers In 2018-2019 GlassRoots delivered a total of 5,663 hours of glass-art instruction during 2,072 visits. Our talented Teaching-Artists:
• instructed 272 youth & young adults on location at schools, community centers and art centers • hosted 776 youth in our studios for unique, STEAM-based field trips and workshops • taught 191 participants, ages 10 and up, in public classes • trained 315 adults in private groups, lessons and studio rentals • entertained and amazed 500+ people at school and community events, streets fairs and festivals
For a fourth year, both anecdotal and quantifiable program evaluation data demonstrate consistently high satisfaction rates with both our one-day and long-term programs: 2018-2019 Program Satisfaction: 96% Would return for programs: 97% Would recommend to family and friends: 98%
To read the complete 2019 Program Evaluation Report and the 2019 GlassRoots Annual Report click here. To read evaluation reports from previous years, click below.