The “Girlz With HeART” Project
In 2011, I was inspired to develop a tiny grassroots arts and leadership program to serve “at risk” girls, ages 7 to 12, called the Girlz With HeART Project.
I am not a non-profit. I am not affiliated with any government, faith-based, or private organization. I do not work for Child Protective Services or any crisis intervention organization, but most of the young women in my program are in foster care, have open CPS cases, live in group homes or are in transitional housing of some sort.
Virtually all of the Girlz I serve have been displaced by broken families, have experienced the complications of bankruptcy, unemployment, incarceration of a parent, child abuse/neglect, or other challenging factors which have damaged their sense of well- being.
I provide on-going creativity, leadership, and self-esteem building workshops at my studio, Kaitlin’s Creative Cottage, in Tucson, Arizona, with a small, compassionate circle of “Grand Mama” volunteers who have helped me guide, encourage, and uplift over 200 young women so far!
I realize that my Girlz with HeART Project is only a tiny “drop in the bucket” program, but I devote myself to it because I came from a very challenging background myself and was helped along the way by many wonderful women with big hearts who took the time to encourage me and lift me up. I promised myself as a kid that I’d “pay it forward” if I ever got a chance to in my life. Now is that time!
Allies of my work donate art supplies (paints, paper, canvas, fabric, yarn, sewing notions, etc.) to help these young women develop their creative skills and inspire their dreams.
Thank you to all the wonderful women who have come to my Cottage and have donated art supplies and offered heartfelt encouragement to the Girlz!
These young women constantly inspire, delight, and amaze me with their resourcefulness, hopefulness, and deep sense of gratitude for any kindness shown to them. I am honored to be doing this work and am amply rewarded by their eagerness to become intelligent, caring members of society.
Thank you for your donations, love, & encouragement!
With Gratitude and Kind Regards,
© Kaitlin Meadows, 2016. All Rights Reserved.