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 also 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.
Participants are identified through our social service agency partners. 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 assists graduates into seamstress jobs in the Kansas City community.
2018 RIGHTFULLY SEWN Seamstress training program graduates
Left to right: Odette, Uwera, Wakubenga, Muhawe, Bodoor, Ghaythaa, Sakina, and Ardo (Photo by Chase Castor)
2017 RIGHTFULLY SEWN Seamstress training program PILOT graduates
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