Arise Creations 2017-10-17T18:09:42+00:00

Project Description

Following the model of New Life Centers, “life together makes a difference,” Arise Creations is a program that believes that walking alongside the girls in our community can change the direction of our youth.  Since 2009, the program has served middle and high school youth in the neighborhood of Humboldt Park on Chicago’s west side.

Arise Creations is a youth-fueled, creative business that seeks to empower, encourage and educate youth through the vehicles of entrepreneurship and discipleship [mentorship].  Our hope is to see the youth achieve these goals through creating and selling handmade jewelry. Each one of the youth that enter the program learn, create and sell their pieces, equipping them with job skills while giving them a safe space to express themselves and grow.  Each day the girls are equipped and empowered to be agents of change in their community.  In addition to this, participants also engage in community craft fairs, home parties, and sell at other events and venues.

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Small Creations, Big Impact

Give to empower, encourage and educate.

Our goal is that by the summer of 2018, we will have the financial means to pay all of our girls educational stipends every two weeks for their hard work at Arise Creations.  Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to hire on 5 high school students by paying them an educational stipend for every class they attend.  We would love to extend this incentive to our middle school students as well.  This will allow us to continue to provide practical training and work experience, with hopes that the girls may one day be more prepared and equipped to obtain a job in the future.

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Here are some needs to consider:

  • Your gift of $70 will provide the educational stipend for one middle school girl for a month.
  • Your gift of $75 will provide the educational stipend for one high school girl for a month.
  • Your gift of $90 will provide educational stipends for every high school girl for a week.
  • Your gift of $130 will provide educational stipends for every middle school girl for a week.

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to purchase our Square dock, and an iPad was graciously donated to us.  This has provided a cohesive service to run our business at selling events, and has given us the opportunity to teach the girls customer service skills, money management, and how to use a register – all skills valuable for obtaining future employment.

Square Stand

Finally, we are constantly in need of supplies to run our program.  Each new product line that we create calls for new supplies and marketing materials.  Your gift will allow the girls to continue to use their creative gifts to make our new lines at Arise.

Can’t financially contribute? There are several other ways to get involved:

  1. PRAY. We are in greatest need of the prayers of God’s people. “For where two or three gather in My name, there I am with them.” Matthew 18:20
  2. Tell others about our Arise “Small Business, Big Impact” fundraiser by sharing on your social media accounts.
  3. Visit us on our Etsy page at etsy.com/shop/arisecreations to purchase our jewelry!

Help meet our goal of $10,000 for 2017

2017 Campaign Fundraiser Status: $1,393
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Read More – 2017 Fundraiser PDF

About

Our middle school students meet three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday).  While our high school students meet twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday.  During our meeting times, Arise participants learn, create, and sell their pieces; equipping them with business skills while exploring God’s deep truths. Each day they are equipped and empowered to be agents of change in their community.  In addition to this, participants also engage in community craft fairs, home parties and sell at other events and venues.

Just can’t get enough? Consider hosting a house party, or featuring Arise at an event!

Ask us how at: arise@newlifecenters.org

Or visit our Instagram page for program insights, photos and promotions at: instagram.com/arisecreations

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Staff

Hannah Olson

Arise Creations Director - Girls Program