SEAMSTRESS TRAINING PROGRAM
Rightfully Sewn’s Seamstress Training Program exists to 1. prepare participants for jobs paying living wages in the sewn product industry; and 2. give participants the confidence and entrepreneurial skills to obtain supplemental, freelance work. Both of these directives will thereby help sewn product manufacturing business grow and establish Kansas City as a fashion manufacturing hub.
We amalgamated a credentialed panel to help us develop our program, which included professionals who teach sewing, leaders from social service agencies and women's business development organizations, and sewn product manufacturers based in Kansas City who need to hire skilled seamstresses.
The second Seamstress Training Program launched in June of 2018 with an international roster of ten participants who were identified through our social service agency partners, as noted:
Aqala, Afghani, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
Ardo, Ethiopian, Jewish Vocational Service
Bodoor, Syrian, Jewish Vocational Service
Ghaythaa, Syrian, Jewish Vocational Service
Godance, Congolese, Jewish Vocational Service
Muhawe, Ugandan, Douglass Academy & ELL Immersion Center, Columbia, MO
Odette, Congolese, Jewish Vocational Service
Sakina, Afghani, Jewish Vocational Service
Uwera, Congolese, Jewish Vocational Service
Wakubenga, Congolese, Jewish Vocational Service
Under the tutelage of Rightfully Sewn's Director of Curricula and Instruction and classroom mentors, the participants move through a rigorous curriculum and carry out regular homework assignments. Upon completion of the 8-week program, Rightfully Sewn assist graduates into seamstress jobs in the Kansas City community.
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