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Munch’s family started coming to Imagine Foundry in August of 2020. Nana brings her six grandchildren to Imagine Foundry to experience learning opportunities and to have positive socialization.
Nana is a relative caregiver who has taken custody of her grandchildren to remove them from negative situations. Munch, in particular, lived in fourteen different homes by the time he was eighteen months old. He was born addicted to drugs and witnessed the death of his grandpa as a toddler. When Nana got emergency custody of Munch, he was nearly two years old and could not walk or talk. With much counseling, therapy, and love, Munch is a happy five-year-old boy in kindergarten.
He still struggles with anxiety, behavior outbursts, and overstimulation. Nana says that bringing him to Imagine Foundry has boosted his independence and self-confidence. He takes the Making Mean Machines class and Woodworking Workshops. He has not only learned many new skills, but has improved his fine motor skills and developed a passion for inventing. Nana says that these experiences have inspired Munch to build all the time at home. He has created countless projects and helps his papa put things together for their family.
Imagine Foundry’s goal is to provide these types of learning experiences to all families, despite their family dynamics, backgrounds, or socioeconomic status. Nana’s family is a part of the I.F. Rewards program in which the whole family works to earn points to pay for their programs. After workshops, the kids help to clean Imagine Foundry and do other jobs around the maker lab to get their rewards points. This financial assistance program has helped many of the families at Imagine Foundry be able to afford these opportunities for their children.