Transformative Education Workshop Instructor: Sewing and Fashion Design -  (Photo of me teaching at bottom of article.) 

Since April 2015, I have instructed a workshop at My Friends Place twice weekly, teaching the youth basic to intermediate machine sewing and pattern-making skills.

Mondays are more beginner-level, and Fridays are more advanced, giving all students two weekly opportunities for hands-on attention. (All are welcome to both.)

In 2016, MFP launched a gallery called "The Corner Collective" where the youth can sell their creations, earning 80% of the sales for themselves, and contributing 20% back into materials that are harder to collect in donations. The response from the public and from the youth has been incredible.

In 2017, MFP launched a program called "The Shift," a workplace-training program that encourages good time management and responsibility for community integration.

Member, Emerging Leaders Council - - Assisting and inspiring homeless youth to build self sufficient lives.

The Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) of My Friend’s Place is a passionate group of young professionals and community members dedicated to advancing the mission of My Friend’s Place to assist and inspire homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. The ELC supports My Friend’s Place through unique volunteer opportunities, fundraising and exciting social events, while playing a vital role in furthering the conversation about ending youth homelessness.

Below are some examples of projects the kids have made: