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Vision, Mission & Core Values


At York Creative Education Group, our vision is to be the most creative and innovative fiber arts organization in the world while maintaining uncompromising values. 


At York Creative Education Group, our mission is to ignite the flames of creativity, foster a love for learning, and cultivate boundless personal growth through the enchanting world of crochet fiber art. 


1. Inspire Creativity: We believe that within each person lies an innate spark of creativity waiting to be kindled. Through the intricate art of crochet, we strive to unlock this potential by providing a canvas of yarn and a palette of possibilities. 

2. Promote Education: Learning is a lifelong journey, and we are dedicated to making it an exciting and fulfilling one. By offering interactive workshops and engaging tutorials, we aim to equip beginners and experienced participants with the tools they need to explore the craft of crochet. We're committed to spreading knowledge, nurturing skills, and building a foundation that lasts a lifetime.

3. Cultivate Growth: Growth knows no bounds, and neither should personal development. At York Creative Education Group, we view crochet as more than just a pastime; it's a conduit for growth. As individuals challenge themselves with intricate patterns, overcome creative hurdles, and explore diverse techniques, they are simultaneously nurturing qualities like patience, perseverance, and problem-solving – attributes that extend far beyond the realm of artistry.


  • Integrity

  • Aim for Great!

  • Customer Obsession

  • Create to Educate

  • Celebrate Differences

  • Be Bold and Innovative

Some of Our Clients & Partners

  • North Cross School, Roanoke, VA

  • University City Library, Charlotte, NC

  • The Pauline Tea Bar, Charlotte, NC

  • Gaston College, Dallas, NC

  • AmeriHealth Caritas Wellness Center, Charlotte, NC

  • Communities in Schools at Shamrock Elementary, Charlotte, NC 

  • Teasley Law Group, Stone Mountain, GA

Our Story


Thank you for visiting our site. I'm Dr. York, CEO and Creative Educator with York Creative Education Group.  My unique destiny is to get everyone to embrace and hopefully begin to love and appreciate how fiber arts can make a special impact in their lives. I learned to crochet as a young 9 year old child at a camp in the inner city of Boston and have never stopped. I've learned that integrating crochet into content like math for students, as well as into well-being and team building initiatives can actually change lives. With my education, training, experience, and love of arts,  I am qualified to offer sessions that help you with lowering stress and anxiety, build stronger team bonds, and even learn math, all through exploring the crochet technique.  I love fiber arts so much so that I want to help others progress in work, education and life from its benefits. At York Creative Education Group, we create to educate!


        Dr. York 

Portia M. York, PhD
CEO, Creative Educator, Artist, Speaker, Author
Dr. York, a certified crochet artist through the Crochet Guild of America, enjoys fiber art while incorporating it into STEAM education, and using it to support well-being and team building. Dr. York is also an adjunct professor who teaches fibers courses and enjoys learning about the cultures of crochet and fiber arts. Check out her fiber artwork. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. There, her studies centered on urban education, arts integration, and the focus of crochet art in STEAM. At YCEG her endeavor is to tap into creative thinking to produce effective results for you by providing you with innovative fiber arts workshops to enhance your learning experiences while having fun! 
You can also  Book Her Now to speak to your group.                            



York, P.M. (2023). The Influence of Dramatic Arts on Literacies For Black Girls in Middle School. Lexington Books.

Book Chapters

York, P.M., Wiggan, G. (2020). Promoting Student Achievement: Arts integration in Urban Schools in the U.S. and Canada. In T. Heafner, L. Handler & T. Rock (Eds.), in The Divide Within: Intersections of Realities, Facts, Theories, and Practices (pp. 207-221). - a volume in the social science education consortium book series. Information Age Publishing.

Richardson, S., Lewis, C. W., Jones-Fosu, S., York, P.M., Dervin, A., Davis, A., Hunt, B., Johnson, J., & Gadd, S. (2019). The Unleashed Educator: A Black Woman’s Journey to Research in STEAM. In S. Richardson & C. W. Lewis (Eds.), in Conquering Academia: Experiences of Diverse Female PhD Students (pp. 19-35). Information Age Publishing.

Journal Articles

York, P.M., Zhang, S., Yang. M. & Muthukumar, V, (2022). Crochet: Engaging Secondary School Girls in Art for STEAM’s sake. Science Education International.

Lee, S., York, P. M., Williams III, J., Richardson, S., Williams, B. K., Davis, A., & Lewis, C. W. (2020). Teachers’ Psychological Distress in North Carolina: An Analysis of Urban Versus Non-Urban School. Districts. Urban Education.

Book Reviews

York, P. M. (2020). Review of Evaluation Essentials: From A to Z. Evaluation and Program Planning.

York, P. M., Keller, B., & Butler, B. R., (2019). Review of Talking Black and White: An Intercultural Exploration of Twenty-First Century Racism, Prejudice, and Perception. Urban Education.

Curriculum Vitae


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