Did you know that young workers, ages 16 to 24, have unemployment rates well over twice the national average—at 15 percent!
Tariq was a talented but underemployed young adult on the verge of homelessness. He didn’t know if he could ‘afford’ to participate in GlassRoots’ Scientific Glassblowing Program – his job at Dunkin Donuts kept him fed.
Stories like this one are all too common here at GlassRoots - young people with talent who can’t see beyond their present to a more promising future, one that would allow them to earn a living wage and end their daily worries.
We designed our post high-school college and career programs to be high impact and demonstrate a great payoff for young adults, ages 18-24, like Tariq. Glass art programs like this one – high touch and intensive -- are expensive. In fact, we need to raise $60,000 by June 30 to fund our operating and program budgets.
Tariq made his vision for a different future a reality. By completing our concentrated 12-week program, which provided hands-on scientific and artistic glassblowing, classes in financial literacy and artisan-oriented entrepreneurship, an on-the-job internship, and a network of support; Tariq was able to begin a new job, with solid pay and benefits.
Your donation will change the story for many youth and young adults from Newark and other NJ communities, just like it did for Tariq.
Here’s how your dollars will make an impact here:
With our gratitude,
Barbara Heisler, Executive Director
PS. Together, we can change the outcomes. We need to fully fund our programs and operations by 6/30. Please send your gift today.