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Teaching children to sew while helping the community

Posted at 7:46 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 07:46:15-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- One youth organization in Henrico County has found a way to give back to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn valuable life skills.

A needle and a thread, along with a little patience, are three things you'll need Ms. Dorris Taylor’s sewing class. The retired Highland Springs High School teacher and designer is now showing teenagers how to create.

The teens are learning to sew and give back after COVID-19 put a halt on their original plans.

“We had set everything all up to have this great big fashion show and they were going to make their own outfits until everything shutdown," Elizabeth Charity, founder of Youth Corporation Inc., said.

The fashion show idea quickly switched to masks making for the community.

“We got right many people calling in our churches, in the local community, calling up to get the masks done," Charity said.

Charity said this is a great opportunity to learn entrepreneurship and meet an important need.

“So we want to teach them how to budget, save, spend and invest," Charity said.

Charity said while the sewing class is open to the community, she really wanted to focus on children in the juvenile jail system.

She added that they were looking at housing juveniles after the pandemic in a program that will allow them to learn skills such as construction, barbering, and even writing.

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