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
In the Information Technology Program, led by Anthony Johnson and Gerald Purnell, youth learn the fundamentals of computer hardware and software applications. They explore careers in the lucrative field of information technology, learn to troubleshoot common IT problems, as well as vital communication and customer service skills.
This program is a perfect primer for young people who interested in pursuing Cisco A+ certification and other industry requirements to enter this in-demand field.
The Fashion Forward program, led by Milroy Harried and Heather Pearson, provides youth with a wide range of skills that introduces to career opportunities in the fashion and beauty industry as well as valuable life skills.
In this hands-on, interactive program, youth learn apply basic sewing skills to create and modify apparel and accessories and build unique looks. They also learn about skin care, hair care, wig making and much more. The program also brings in industry professionals as mentors to support and inspire the participants.
In 2020, during the pandemic, the program adapted to a remote learning model for the Youth Voices Matter Summer Program.
We are extremely grateful and excited about our partnership with New Bethlehem Baptist Church in West Baltimore. Their support of the launch event for On Fertile Ground helped to make the event a huge success.
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.
Learn more about their amazing work and get involved: