Created by Students who want be the Change!
Nicole Snook (a teacher at Change Maker High School) said her father, Michael S. Kessler, was diagnosed with kidney failure and had had to go to dialysis 4 times a week for 4 hours each time. He did not want to be bored and he LOVED making things, but he needed an activity that he could do at the clinic that did not require power tools or a large space. He decided he was going to learn how to make different types of jewelry. Over the years, he accumulated hundreds of books about different techniques and 1000s of beads and finishings, and miles of wire. Every time he was at Walmart or Michaels or Dollar Tree he HAD to buy something. It was a huge collection and it was so heavy that it caused damage to his house because of the weight of all the stuff! He kept all of his supplies upstairs and the weight was causing the floor to become weak and the ceiling of the room below to get cracked.
He made all sorts of beautiful jewelry and gave it away to nurses who cared for him, strangers, family, friends...he never sold any of it as far as she knows. A year after he died Nicole went to Houston to see her stepmother (who was married to her father). Her stepmother was overwhelmed with all of the jewelry stuff, so Nicole asked her if she would be willing to donate some (or all) to her school so that the students could learn how to make jewelry. She agreed and let her take about 1/3 of what was in the room. It took an ENTIRE summer and two volunteers to organize the stuff and get it into the cabinets. More than 90% of the items made in this shop are made with these donated supplies. All of us at Allianza Juvenil Changemaker want to thank Ms. Snook, her father and her stepmother for the generous donation.
Everything sold in the Creative Youth Designs shop is created by Students of the Alianza Juvenil Changemaker class at Changemaker High School in Tucson AZ. This is an elective, life skills type of class. The students learn not only daily living skills but how to take action to make a positive change in our community. Students applied and interviewed each other for job positions, created resumes, cover letters, completed tax forms, organized events and fundraisers (including creating this shop and all of the products sold in it.) This is a student-run community outreach program. This year, their 1st event was a car wash that they voluntarily had to stay after school for to raise money for Thanksgiving dinner food boxes to give to families in need in our own neighborhood. This shop was envisioned and created by the students to raise money to adopt a family for Christmas. These amazing students put in their free time and energy, not for a field trip or pizza party, but to help lighten the load in our community through empathy, hard work, and action. We have some beautiful pieces with much more to come! There are some very talented students and I couldn't be more proud to be able to help guide them!
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All items made for Creative Youth Designs are made by students at Changemaker Highschool who want to make a difference. 100% of the proceeds go back into our community.
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