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Community Engagement Programs

Fibercraft/Sewing Intern

Phoenix Public Library


We connect today's community to a world of possibilities. Specifically, Phoenix Public Library is committed to fostering literacy and ensuring that all children are reading on grade level by 3rd grade more



About the Internship


This Student Internship is tailored for those with interest in working with kids while instructing beginning sewing, crafting, fashion and design; the internship offers some beginning teaching experience.  Applicable arts and/or education majors with some background in sewing, design and/or fabric skills may be considered with supervisor approval.  Students will spend 90% of their time interacting with youth either one on one or in a group setting.

Create, manage, setup and support bimonthly fiber craft instruction and activities within our 5000 square foot makerspace at Burton Barr Library; goals will include all or some of teaching basic lessons, tips and tutorial practices in sewing, design and fiber craft projects.  Makerspace programs are to be focused on primarily kids ages 7-18 years. The internship is a self-driven program.  All materials are provided at no charge including fabric, accessories and sewing machines.  Intern will assist library staff to develop and guide bi monthly sewing activities in the makerspace, including support/and/or leading a minimum of 5 bi monthly programs during your internship.

Monthly programs target the development of these skills and appreciation in kids ages 7-18.  Internship is an excellent opportunity to utilize your sewing and crafting skills in conjunction with teaching experience with young kids in a library environment.

Population Served:

Low-income families with children 18 and under. Our youth programs are targeted to geographic areas of Central Phoenix that we know face challenges. More than 50% of Phoenix children live in poor households (Kids Count Data, 2014). Also, 32% of Phoenix children come from families where the caregivers speak little or no English. Finally, only 30% of Phoenix 3-4 year olds attend preschool. In some school districts, such as the Riverside District, only 19% of children attend preschool. These are the children we are targeting because they are most at risk of failing because of a lack of school readiness.

Community Need:

Job skills and afterschool education to youth.

Community Impact:

This internship will provide youth with a skill that they would not ordinarily get exposure to. These skills will empower youth to create and design projects on their own providing them with a sense of accomplishment and empowerment.