With your help, we will start providing a safe space and staffing for 15 students with a pilot program. What we need for each child are sewing machines, dress-forms and mannequins, fabrics to create, and so much more!
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There are 50,000 children in East New York, Brooklyn who do not receive the equal opportunity for fashion and design in an 8-mile radius. This means they have not had the chance to explore their talents and artistry to their fullest potential.
The reality is there are not enough black and brown fashion houses in America for our children to look up to. Some barriers are being broken, but not at an exponential rate. In February 2020, for every 22 showcase or Mega-brand shows, only 3 designers were designers of color. Annually, the roster for Black, Brown, and Queer people make up only 13% of designers during New York Fashion Week. As a designer, myself, I do not think this is equitable when we are the pioneers of style, culture, and innovation in these spaces. However, I do believe this is a solvable problem.
I am Jerri Reid, and I’m the Founder and CEO of A SEAMLESS WAY, INC. I grew up in the East New York public school system and was not allotted the opportunity to create to my fullest potential when it came to the arts. When I realized my love for fashion, I was already in a high school that was unable to cater to my gifts. At the time, there was only one High School which catered to fashion and design. 10 years after graduating from high school, The children of East New York still do not have any access to instruction on fashion and design. I could no longer ignore the call to do something about this need within in my community.
As a New York City Department of Education Vendor, I have been able to service over 200 students in Brooklyn and Queens schools over 5 years, with a 32-week fashion program. This program teaches sewing machine skills, garment production, and prepares students for an end-of-year fashion show. This program also teaches applied math skills, as well as social and emotional skills. My students have gone on to be college-bound or career ready. One of our students went on to college in 2016 to major in Fashion Merchandising.
Our mission at A SEAMLESS WAY, INC is to Create a safe space for young artists of color and unify the community through art and expression. We want to offer Black, Brown, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro- Latinx youth opportunities for seamless unity and community connection through self-development. We envision Providing fashion design skills and resources for black and queer people of all ages, one neighborhood at a time, ensuring every black and brown artist can create without limitations.
With your help, we can start providing a safe space and staffing for 15 students of East New York. Your contributions will fund the sewing machines, dress-forms and mannequins, fabrics to create and technology such as laptops and cameras, food services and much more!
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