"Working with kind krafts this morning. We wish our clients had access to such valuable art programming… kind krafts is an example of an organization that does amazing work with our clients. They facilitate art-based workshops with our youth, sell the art at local markets, and [contribute] 100% of the proceeds to other non-profits in the HRM. This helps youth complete their community service hours in a meaningful way."
"[In] August of 2016, Kind Krafts provided crafting sessions to youth as an opportunity to create art as community service. These sessions have proved to be one of our most successful placements for multiple reasons. These sessions give youth a meaningful way to complete service, foster accessibility to art, and most importantly provide a warm and welcoming space to return to each week. The representatives of Kind Krafts have shown complete respect and understanding for the youth they work with who are often experiencing a challenging period in their lives, and this approach has resulted in many positive relationships between Kind Krafts and youth in the HRM. Kind Krafts representatives embody the spirit of volunteering, and provide strong role modeling to our youth.
Additionally, there have been some concrete examples within the past year that speak to the benefit of Kind Krafts programming. One youth, who was ordered 100 hours of service due to the seriousness of his offense, continued to attend Kind Krafts sessions even after he completed all 100 hours. Another finished her order of 40 hours and gave Kind Krafts a thank you card- a moment of gratitude which is not often seen with community service placements.
Kind Krafts is making a difference for youth who are in conflict with the law. Community Justice Society is happy to continue our partnership with Kind Krafts, as it is definitively serving our youth."
Shila LeBlanc: Community Service Order Coordinator
"My name is Meagan and I am the summer director for the Demetreous Lane Centre. Part of my role is partnering with organizations like Kind Krafts who come into the community to provide programming with our children and youth. Our partnership with Kind Krafts has been a very important part of our summer programming. Having partnerships like Kind Krafts want to run programs at Demetreous Lane is very important because it provides children who have limited opportunities the ability to experience different things that they may not be able to without our support and involvement. With the love Kind Krafts brings into the community, they help provide a fun creative summer where children can come to a space in a safe environment with leaders who care about the children, and who want to be there having fun with them. As long as we continue having organizations like Kind Krafts come in the community wanting to partner with us, we will be able to continue this goal of proving a safe, creative summer for the children and youth in the community in the future years. Thanks Kind Krafts!"
"[Kind Krafts] has partnered with us at the North Memorial Library many times over the past year and a half to present community crafting programs. Kind Krafts is extremely amazing at what they do, making crafts with kids that are accessible, interesting, and engaging. They are very good at meeting the kids where they are when it comes to ability and attention span, as well as making the process as child centered as possible. Our branch serves a diverse population, with a large proportion of marginalized people (including Newcomers and African-Nova Scotians). Art programs such as Kind Krafts help our branch serve our kids, and make them feel welcome, valued, as well as give them the satisfaction of making something neat, beautiful and interesting."
"For the last two summers, kind krafts has provided free crafting programs for children in the Clayton Park/Fairview area at the Keshen Goodman Public Library. These sessions have been popular among our children, with many returning each week, eagerly asking "what are we making today?!”
The kind krafts facilitators incorporate meaningful themes into their programs, including social justice and ecology. For example, they have led Pride crafting days during Pride month, used an abundance of recycled/upcycled materials while discussing the importance of 'zero waste', and explored the topic of mental health through self-care themed activities. These sessions provide an accessible way for youth to learn about these important themes, while taking part in hands-on activities that build their skills and foster their creativity. We have been lucky to host kind krafts and would be so happy to welcome them back for future sessions”