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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development

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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