For our end of year campaign, we want you to join our crew, learn about our mission, get active in your community and help us help our children!
When we started the Creativity Shell, our original mission was to bring back home economics into the education system. After working in direct contact with youth trafficking survivors, we knew we had to find a way to use our classes to help our children be stronger and fight back to the dangers they will face in this world. Our focus shifted from just sewing, to using our programs to build life skills, positive self confidence and positive mental health skills.
Eight years later and we are winning this fight. Children are coming out of our programs with confidence, self esteem, positive mental health and also helping us by teaching the same classes they took when they were younger to help pass on the message to their younger generation!
The Creativity Shell is a nonprofit organization on a mission to use creative arts programs as a medium to teach life, practical, fundamental and positive mental health skills to children. 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.
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.