Monday, December 10, 2012

High school girls create jewelry business

            Some of the sparkled and shine of the handcrafted jewelry available this holiday season was designed and created by West Side high school students.
Peace of the City selected five high school girls to design, produce and sell jewelry.  The girls named  their business Zieani Jewelry and sold their items  at multiple church events, home parties, local consignment shops and fairs.
Megan McClain Kwacz, Peace of the City program director said this helps support the organizations’s mission to promote job readiness. 
“It focuses on business and art skills for young women,” Kwacz said. 
With the conclusion of the selling of events for the year, the girls will meet on  Dec. 20 at Peace of the City to use the remainder of their supplies to make jewelry to give as Christmas gifts.  They will also receive their Christmas stipend.
Tatyanna Bray, a member of the Zieani jewelry team, believes the emphasis on relationships is what makes this organization so successful. 
“Everybody’s here as a family,” she said.  “It’s a great environment.”
The regular programs that Peace of the City holds will end Dec. 19 and start back up Jan. 7.  This includes the homework club and the teen programs. 
“We really are a multivitamin for youth on the West Side,” Kwacz said. By Crissie Russo and Caitlin Waters