Starting with a summer meal and reading program which provided free meals, books and school supplies to youth in the McElderry Park neighborhood in East Baltimore the founder of the program that would one day blossom into Unique Fabrics has been committed to the growth and empowerment of the community.
In response to the needs and desires of the neighbors Unique Fabrics was born as a sewing program for women and girls. The program offers participants critical design and making skills, while also creating a pathway to economic empowerment.
In addition to its sewing program, Unique Fabrics has also hosted grant writing workshops to help other leaders in the community launch initiatives and use their unique gifts to serve others
Victorious Attitudes for Everyday Life, Inc (VAEL) is an educational non-profit that specializes in human development. VAEL offers a variety of training and coaching programs for both youth and adults. Founder, A. Cinnamon Brown facilitated workshops both for the Unique Fabrics staff and participants in the 2020 Youth Voices Matter Summer Program.
Code in the Schools is a non-profit organization that works to expend access to computer science education to under-served and under-represented Baltimore City youth. They are helping to bridge the digital divide and we had the pleasure of working with them during the 2020 Youth Voices Matter Summer Program.
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Over the summer, writer and performance artist, Aidaa Peerzada led a poetry and writing program that helped open up the minds and eyes of the young people who participated. In the fall, she delivered a poetry-based learning experience to youth currently involved in the criminal justice system.
In the program, students discovered and examined the work of prominent African-American writers, such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and Gwendolyn Brooks.
In our efforts to provide high-quality program to young people of all ages, we are proud to have the serve high school age youth in the innovate learning space at The Reach! Partnership School, a public charter school operated by Civic Works.