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The Creativity Shell is a nonprofit organization on a mission to use creative trades to educate and inspire the next generation of makers. Our organization teaches classes such as sewing/textile arts, cooking, building and other creative trades to students in our studios, libraries, schools, ABA therapy centers, the juvenile justice system as well as shelters that rescue children from homelessness and human trafficking. All classes are designed to teach children essential life skills, practical skills and positive mental health coping skills.
Since the Creativity Shell was formed in 2015, our creative programs have been an integral ally that is fostering positive mental health in the children we are serving in the community. Creativity Shell programs have been successful at creating therapy for sex trafficking survivors, helping children cope and manage anxiety, building fine motor skills for children on the autism spectrum, teaching life skills to homeless students and being an overall positive organization in the community that continue to teach skills to students and teach them to use their skills to give back to the community.
Located in Kingwood, TX, our facility offers students 20,000sq. of space to create! Programs are offered year round and scholarships are sometimes available for low income families in need.
In what began as a fun way to keep incarcerated youths educated and inspired during the COVID pandemic, the Creativity Shell has been teaching bi-weekly classes to over 50 youths in the juvenile detention center.
“The students absolutely love the classes” Says Principal Warren, principal of the Harris County Leadership Academy. “The staff has also found that cooking classes help with behavioral therapy as no one ever wants to miss that class because of poor behavior” continued Warren.
Classes are delivered in a virtual/hybrid format where the Creativity Shell creates a kitchen inside the centers that mirror their studio. Meal kits and materials/supplies are delivered to the centers where students learn to cut, prep, measure, cook and bake different types of recipes. Some of the favorite recipes in the past have been chicken and waffles made from scratch as well as a spicy ramen recipe invented specifically for the students.
Due to the high demand for cooking classes in additional juvenile detention centers across the Houston area, the Creativity Shell is raising funds to meet the demand for classes to provide programs to an additional 85 - 100 youths in detention centers.
To help raise funds, all donations of $45 or more will receive a special "This Apron Supports Cooking Classes for Incarcerated Youths" Apron from the Creativity Shell!
Donations can also be made to the organizations “Cooking Classes in the Juvenile Probation Program Fund.