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!)