The Sew and Sew program was inspired by the three-month Project Success 1 art program, which the Fort Worth Police Department sponsored along with Samaritan House in March to help at-risk and homeless youth, Fort Worth LGBT Liaison Officer Kellie Whitehead said.
Sew and Sew will allow LGBT youth to work on their creativity and learn how to sew. Events throughout the year, such as a Halloween costume festival, will allow them to showcase their talent, Whitehead said.
“It’s a pilot education and training program for LGBT youth and allies to teach business skills and self-esteem,” she said. “It’s really just a safe place for them to meet mentors and really do what they like.”
The program may eventually focus on fashion design or whatever the youth want to focus on, Whitehead said, as she wants the program to become what LGBT youth need.
Whitehead said the program will begin with a meeting at Samaritan House in September, and the group will meet every Monday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Sewing supplies needed range from sewing machines, fabric, thread, buttons, zippers and scissors. Donations can be dropped off at Samaritan House at 929 Hemphill St. in Fort Worth. For more information, contact Whitehead at 817-688-3211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.