The Girlz With HeART Program
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, and virtually all of them have been displaced by broken families that have experienced
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 from my own heart, mostly out of my own pocket, at my studio, Kaitlin’s Creative Cottage,
in Tucson, Arizona, with a small, compassionate circle of “Grand Mama” volunteers who have helped me to guide, encourage, and uplift over 180 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 women with big hearts. 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.) that 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,