Bringing sewing, crochet, and knitting back to schools and communities

submission by Yes4arts1
 Bringing sewing, crochet, and knitting back to schools and communities

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Yes4arts provides free classes in sewing, crocheting, and knitting to schools and communities especially where art education is not offered in the curriculum.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


The program gives basic art instruction with the intention of attracting students who love art but also drawing students who discover their creativity for the first time. Students gain confidence while participating in these classes, which produces well-rounded, positive students. We see students teach other students, which promotes the idea of helping others and sharing our gifts and talents.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

Start with schools in Torrance, then branch out neighboring cities in LA

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics? (check all that apply)

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index* scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.


Yes4arts is helping Los Angeles become the best place to learn by going to schools and setting up after school programs for children and youth to provide positive learning experiences. This builds upon
youth interests and supports active engagement in enrichment activities. Then, Yes4arts is targeting women's shelters to promote psychological and emotional safety and provide job opportunities for the women with their creative products from instruction. Another goal of Yes4arts is teaching at community centers to involve the community as partners in the program and encourages children and
parents to work together. In all these programs, the goal and focus is to provide opportunity and improvement in the lives of those students through learning of basic art instruction as well as more intermediate instruction.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


We will evaluate our work by keeping track of the number of students we teach at schools and centers each year. Evaluation will be determined by three factors: 1) number of students taking the classes, 2) number of volunteers who help with teaching (these are prior students), and 3) number of volunteers that hear about our work through events or marketing. Furthermore, Yes4arts will return to schools & centers for feedback. We will provide surveys of how benefited from the classes as well as questions on areas of improvement in the programs offered. Finally, we will have a graduation for the students in the final class (show & tell of crafts created) for families and friends to attend. This will foster environment of encouragement and families can see the changes in the students' lives.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):


Help market Yes4arts to schools in LA community, with most need

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Submission Ended
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
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