In their never-ending effort to use creativity to educate and inspire the next generation, the Creativity Shell’s Mobile Studios (Aka Jerry and Sherry) will be adopting a baby car in an effort to raise awareness about children in the foster care system and their vulnerability to become victims of human trafficking.
The Creativity Shell is a nonprofit organization on a mission to use creative trades to educate and inspire the next generation of makers. The organization teaches sewing/textile arts, cooking, designing and other creative classes to students in public libraries, schools and shelters that rescue children from homelessness and human trafficking. Their classes are designed to educate and inspire children by teaching them essential life and practical skills.
According to the National Foster Youth Institute, “it’s estimated that 60% of child sex trafficking victims have a history in the child welfare system. Human traffickers will prey on individuals who are most vulnerable, which is why foster children have a greater risk of becoming victims than those who aren’t in the system.”
Children from these systems can be easily lured into this industry with the promise of stable homes, someone that cares for them and the sense of having a family. By teaching classes such as sewing/textile arts, interior design, cooking and more… the Creativity Shell is hoping to use their programs to help build confidence and self-esteem for the children. These life skills classes can also be transitioned into job skills once they are old enough to work and they also help to reduce the vulnerability of being dependent on a trafficker for help.
The Creativity Shell will be working work closely with two local foster care centers in Houston that house children who are difficult to adopt and they will also be working with youths in the Harris County Department of Juvenile Justice System; who also house many children that have transitioned there from the foster care system.
The Creativity Shell plans to fund these programs through individual donations. If you would like to support the Creativity Shell’s sewing, textile arts, cooking and other creative trades programs in foster homes as well as the Juvenile Justice System, please donate and support.
Jerry’s and Sherry’s new addition to their family should arrive in October once the adoption papers have all been finalized. The new addition will be helping to deliver meal kits for the Creativity Cooks Meal Delivery program as well as become a symbol of our need to help the vulnerable children in our community.
How can you help?
The Creativity Shell will be teaching sewing/textile arts and cooking classes to children in foster care centers and the Harris County Juvenile Justice System. Please donate to help the organization support these programs free of charge to the facilities they are working in.