Connecting Thread: NYC (Full)
Kehinna London aged out of the foster care system at 21, and she was on her own in New York City. In her chaotic world, she found a calm sense of community through Foster Pride, a non-profit organization helping youth in foster care develop talents and build self-esteem through the arts for 25 years. London’s art of choice? Crochet — a craft she learned, honed, and has turned into a business. “It makes me feel empowered,” London says. “I love anything art.”
Now, in addition to working full-time at Equinox, London gives back as an assistant teacher at Foster Pride while working towards a career in interior design.
On the surface, crochet may seem like a craft of bygone eras, but the NYC nonprofit’s classes offer more than a lesson in needle and thread. The idea is that the craft is both marketable — Foster Pride designs will be available at American Eagle later this year, so students can make a profit off their designs — and therapeutic.
“When you crochet, your hands are busy and you use them in a different way,” Amy Stack, former group home director and Foster Pride instructor told Refinery29. “The process of creation is …read more