Urban Stitches workshop / photo: Ben Filio
A math-based sewing project within the YWCA’s TechGYRLS program that engages girls in grades 6-12 from Homewood, Lincoln, and Larimer.
Urban Stitches, a project of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, is a collaborative pilot project integrating math-based sewing into the YWCA’s TechGYRLS program at the Homewood-Brushton Center. The project engages 30 girls in grades 6-12 from Homewood, Lincoln, and Larimer, encouraging creative learning outside the classroom—and reinforces disciplines like patience, the ability to follow instructions, math/mechanical skills, independence, and self-confidence. Urban Stitches will serve as a hands-on, tactile way for girls to comprehend math concepts such as fractions and measurement conversion, but also focuses on three issues for teen girls: the dearth of public school art programming due to budget cuts; deficient math and reading skills; and environment-induced high levels of stress that contributes to academic underperformance.