GlassRoots, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 10 Bleeker Street Newark NJ 07102 USA

Mission: The mission of GlassRoots is to transform lives, especially of underserved youth, by fostering life-long learning and creative self-expression through the wonder of glassmaking.
Results: We see first-hand that arts education is central to overall education. GlassRoots uses art as a vehicle for: • Teaching scientific principles such as viscosity and temperature, and understanding patterns and shapes. A student performing our Rupert’s Drop experiment or participating in a bead making class gets as much science as art. • Teaching History via the stories that have been told through the centuries through mosaics. A student who studies Mosaics at GlassRoots learns about the Byzantine and Roman empires and learns to observe society in ways that go beyond text books. • Teaching production skills that are relevant to manufacturing jobs. Students taking instruction in our flameworking studio and hot shop acquire dexterity, timing and safety skills, with which they can easily handle themselves in a factory. • Keeping youth in school. Youth facing extraordinary challenges will often stay in school because of just one interest. Glassmaking is one more “hook” to keep students showing up.
Target demographics: young people
Direct beneficiaries per year: 999 students learned self-confidence, and were forever strengthened by the knowledge that they are capable of creating beautiful works of art.
Geographic areas served: Newark
Programs: Academic Internships, Business and Entrepreneurship Program, GlassRoots Summer Youth Leadership Corp, GlassRoots Summer Glass Experience Programs, Classroom Experiences (In-school or On-site) and GlassRoots After-School Programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

One of the first times I got involved with GlassRoots was in arranging an event for Girl Scouts from the city of Newark to participate in making beads in the open flame workshop and making coasters in the flat glass workshop. Not only were the staff members and volunteers great with the girls, but the girls all made great artwork, had a wonderful time, and were able express themselves through their art work. And, best of all they were able to take the art home to share! Working with the staff there was great in setting up the program and being flexible, especially when a snow storm hit that day. I have worked with and in non profits for roughly 15 years and was immediately impressed by their professionalism and passion, making it easy to accept the offer to join their Board.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was particularly proud of the GlassRoots staff and students in June when we had our Business & Entrepreneurship program competition. Student teams who had worked for months on designing and producing glass products presented their work and the marketing plans for selling what they had made. GlassRoots students know: production, design, market demographis, variable margin, and public speaking!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd make it bigger, so more students can participate.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

GlassRoots has an amazing staff of artist-educators who have created a unique set of programs that teach at risk youth glassmaking skills, but also, more importantly, teamwork, focus and resilience. For many of the students, GlassRoots becomes their community and our staff their mentors. The lessons they learn - from the science of glass, to faith in their own creativity, to how to make a power point, can, and often does, make a huge difference in their lives. Everyone who works at GlassRoots and for GlassRoots feels priviledged to be able to make that kind of difference.

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2014

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The staff, volunteers, Board, funders and students all are committed to this charity’s success. The charity has turned around the lives of youth who were out of options and out of hope. Because of this program, not only have children improved their artistic skills, but they have developed self-esteem, business skills and a love of learning. Students have gone on to travel overseas and attend college, all because of this program. If you are not familiar with GlassRoots, then you should stop by the hot shop and see the students hard at work. I promise it will inspire you to become a stakeholder in this charity’s success!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see it everytime I interact with the students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Of course, I would love to see this charity have more funding to help it better fulfill its mission.

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