Kate Dowd – GlassRoots, Inc. - 12/8/10
I was impressed with Kate and the rest of the GlassRoots team when I first met them a couple of months ago, which is why I’m so happy to name her a NJ Hero today. GlassRoots, Inc. is an organization that provides artistic and life skills training to the Newark area youth through workshops in glassmaking, and basic business and entrepreneurial concepts. 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. The program entices at-risk youth in Newark to join by using the allure of being able to use fire. It’s “cool” for them to be able to be so close and involved with using fire in the “hot shop”, a controlled atmosphere of course. Not only are the kids able to use their creativity and talent to make glass creations, but they are also at GlassRoots to learn the entrepreneurial side of the business. In today’s world, lessons like this are irreplaceable. They help underserved children achieve self-esteem. Over the past 8 years, 3,400 youth have been trained at the GlassRoots studio, and I am so honored to be able to name Kate a Hero for her hard work and passion for this program.
For more information on GlassRoots, please visit their website: https://www.glassroots.org/.