Knitters @ Chicago Inner-City HS

$2,740 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 37 people in 32 months
Small Forces
on behalf of Dorothea Tobin
“This is what it feels like when love is in charge!"

BT Lives in the Stitch is an after-school club at North Lawndale College Prep (NLCP), which serves primarily students from low income areas on Chicago’s West Side. We teach students how to knit and provide a safe place for knitters to hang out, find inner peace and build self-esteem - and so much more. We’d be grateful if you’d read and watch our story and consider a donation to help us maintain and grow our program.

BT Lives in the Stitch is open to any student interested in learning a new skill. Advisor Dorothea Tobin not only teaches students how to knit, but also educates them in fundamentals of the working world and developing business acumen, as students are paid for their creations. The more time spent knitting, the more money the students make, and the more prepared they are for life outside of high school.

While BT Lives in the Stitch (named by students in honor of Dorothea’s late son, Billy Tobin) teaches students new skills, it’s also instrumental in helping them develop self-esteem. There’s tremendous pride that comes from making beautiful creations with your own hands and then having people interested in buying, and wearing, what you made.

This program means so much to so many students; one even wrote his college admissions essay about what BT Lives in the Stitch means to him. We’re looking to maintain it and expand it through donations, which will be used for the following:

* Buying materials like knitting needles and high-quality yarn, which is so important in helping students create quality goods; that really inspires them. While we do get some product donations, currently, Dorothea is funding much of this out of her own pocket.

* Continuing to pay the students for their work. Their pay is based on meeting product goals, and then some of our funding comes from selling their creations.

* Costs associated with expanding the enterprise, like building a new website and setting up an online store.

The team at Small Forces ( ) put together a short film that tells our story. We encourage you to watch it below and consider supporting our work through a monetary gift, sharing this campaign with your friends, or both.

Thank you for your support of our program!

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Hi everyone! Dorothea here. I can't thank you enough for your support of BT Lives in the Stitch. While we're lucky to have great supporters like you, this is a program that I run on my own, and we always have needs!

Your support helps us continue to work with kids who need a program like BT Lives in the Stitch so much. And if cash contributions aren't your thing, there are other ways you can help support our work:

* Share this GoFundMe campaign with your friends and family and encourage them to watch the video at the top of the page, created by Small Forces, which helps tell the story of what we do.

* We're always taking donations of knitting supplies like needles and especially high-quality yarn! If you have materials to donate, please email and we'll get in touch with contact information.

Now that we're coming back from holiday break, we'll post photos of the kids' latest creations soon. Thanks again!

- Dorothea Tobin
Founder, BT Lives in the Stitch
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$2,740 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 37 people in 32 months
Created December 14, 2016
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Brian Gailey
4 days ago
Dorie Lysaght
10 days ago

The world needs more knitters.

Lisa Petrilli
11 days ago
Mary Brennan ZIEGLER
29 days ago
Katie Prentiss Onsager
12 months ago

Dorothea- We are honored to work alongside you, and glad we could bring your story to the screen at Millennium Park.

June Mire
12 months ago

I saw the BT short before the movie in Millennium Park last night and wanted to learn more about the program so I looked you up online. I'm also learning to knit (in my late 50s) and can appreciate the feeling of accomplishment when you make something! Keep spreading the joy!

23 months ago
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28 months ago
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