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Vision, Mission & Core Values


York Creative Education Group (YCEG) envisions a world where the transformative power of fiber arts


becomes a creative gateway to holistic wellness and educational exploration.


We are dedicated to fostering a community where individuals discover the serenity of crochet, unlock the mathematical intricacies within the craft, and embrace the joy of creative expression. Through our diverse workshops such as 'Stitching Serenity: Crochet for Well-Being,' 'Get Math Crafty with Crochet,' and 'Crochet & Sip,' we aspire to inspire personal growth, mental well-being, and a deeper understanding of the artistry and mathematics inherent in fiber arts.

Some of Our Clients & Partners

  • North Cross School, Roanoke, VA

  • University City Library, Charlotte, NC

  • Steele Creek YMCA, Charlotte, NC 

  • Statesville YMCA, Statesville, NC

  • The Pauline Tea Bar, Charlotte, NC

  • Gaston College, Dallas, NC

  • AmeriHealth Caritas Opportunity and Wellness Center, Charlotte, NC

  • Communities in Schools at Shamrock Elementary, Charlotte, NC 

  • Teasley Law Group, Stone Mountain, GA

  • Veritas Community Charter School-Afterschool Program, Charlotte, NC

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 math education (STEAM), and using it to support well-being. 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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