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College Prep 101: Follow Up and Resources

We recently had our College Prep 101 GIRL$ Program at Spelman College and would like to thank the lovely ladies of NCNW-Spelman Section and our featured speaker, Andrea Powers of Next Step Education Foundation, Inc., for dedicating their time to help prepare and inspire a new generation of leaders.

During the program, our girls gained insight on selecting colleges, applying for entrance, and gaining financial assistance. They also had the opportunity to tour the beautiful Spelman Campus and converse with current college students-what an impact!!

While in middle school and high school, we know how overwhelming thinking about college can be. Whether it’s uncertainty about what to study and what school to go to,  confusion over the application process, worries about affordability, or anxiety over test scores, sometimes we just need insight on what to expect and how to prepare. Luckily, your Fairy Godmothers and community supporters got you!

If you were unable to attend or need a reminder of the information that was provided, it’s no problem! Thankfully, Ms. Powers was kind enough to send us the helpful resources she used during her presentation. You will find them below:

Thank you all for your continued engagement and support of the Enchanted Closet, Inc. We could not continue to make our impact without you!

Our next GIRL$ Program, Guy Code: The Unspoken Conversations, will be held at the Ivy Community Center, 3850 Stone Rd on May 12th, 2018 @ 10:00 AM. Please register if you haven’t already done so. It’s a great opportunity to speak with some awesome guys about dating, relationships, decision making, and other things of importance to you.
GUY CODE will foster:
❖ Increased self-esteem and self-worth
❖ Improved communication skills
❖ Better dating choices/decision making
❖ Greater insight into the male perspective
❖ Safer/more healthy dating relationships
REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN AT: 
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“It’s Prom Night, Not Your Wedding Night”

PUBLIC SERVICE ANOUNCEMENT: IT’S PROM DRESS GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

The Enchanted Closet, Inc. is prepped and ready to get you right for your special night! We can’t wait to see everyone this weekend for our largest event of the season! However, while we’re excited for the upcoming festivities, your Fairy Godmothers would like to take a moment to reiterate the importance of prom night safety.

As we’ve previously mentioned, young women often express feeling obligated to engage sexually on their prom night. These pressures may come from perceived societal expectations, friends, or even one’s date. To our girls, no matter who or where these beliefs come from, please remember that the only opinion that matters in this discussion is your own. If you ever feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable doing something you might regret, then maybe now isn’t the right time—and THAT’S OKAY! What truly matters is that you surround yourself with people who respect you and your decisions, even if it’s your decision to wait.

In the end, this is your prom night, not your wedding night. You should spend it stress-free, partying and enjoying the night with your favorite people—not worrying about peer pressure!!

With that said, if you do make the choice to have sex on prom night, we only ask that you are careful and that you use protection. The risk of STDs, STIs, or unplanned pregnancy does exist, so please be sure you and your partner are being safe. Finally, please be honest with yourself and make sure your partner is someone who truly values and respects you as the beautiful, amazing, and intelligent young woman you are.

Resources:

If you’re interested in reading what experts and other teenage girls have to say about prom night pressures, check out these articles below!

Again, thank you all for your continued support of the Enchanted Closet, Inc. We hope to see you at Prom Dress Giveaway this Saturday, March 10th, 2018!!

~ Franzene

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“2018 PROM PREP KICK-OFF”

16th Annual Prom Dress Giveaway Season
‘Tis the season, Ladies! I hope everyone enjoyed our 2018 Prom Prep kick-off this past weekend. As most of you know, preparing our girls for their special night is a central part of the Enchanted Closet, Inc. mission. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of Saturday’s program highlights with a special shout-out to our featured guests:
Nickee Mack | CEO | Diva Day International, LLC
Most young women can agree that slaying prom requires having a beat face. Whether you’re going smoky-eyed or natural chique, using the right products can make all the difference! But let’s be real, it’s also not lost on anyone how pricey these lip-kits and make-up pallets we see advertised online tend to be. Luckily, Ms. Mack shared the keys to achieving runway looks without spending a fortune. She also put us on skin-care routines to keep our faces glo’ing with and without make-up. Adding to the proper runway shine, the Diva Day International CEO showed us how to stunt in heals and own our catwalk!
Lady Renissa Readus | CEO & Headmistress | Lady Pearl’s School of Etiquette
For most girls across the nation, attending prom is their first formal event. While everyone will be dressed beautifully in their finest gowns, Lady Renissa Readus reminded us that looking the part is still only half of it. With her renowned expertise, our young ladies received proper training in grace and etiquette. Their instruction highlighted the differences between etiquette and manners as well as methods to proper dining behavior. According to Lady Readus, she is also the only African American woman in the southeast to have her own Miss Georgia and Miss America scholarship pageant.
With the help of our Fairy God Mothers within the community, we can present our girls with all the prom essentials-dresses, shoes, jewelry, make-up, accessories-needed for their special night. However, we are also aware of the other form of prom-prep that goes beyond the glitz and glam. In the spirit of Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, some of our guest speakers also discussed prom night safety.
Skye Walton | Trainer | Divas in Defense
Prom is meant to be one of the most memorable nights of a young woman’s life. While getting ready and attending the actual event is important, much of the excitement also surrounds the after parties. At this point in the evening, most young people break away from the crowd and finish the night with whoever they attended prom with. Whether they’re in a group or with a date, this is often when the peer-pressure sets in. While we all want our teens to enjoy their time, we also want to make sure they know how to protect themselves in dangerous or uncomfortable situations. Under her own brand, Girls Can Fight Too!, Ms. Walton taught basic skills in self-defense to fight back against predators and bullies. She also instructed the group on how to attract others’ attention if they ever find themselves in a threatening situation. A 5th degree blackbelt, Ms. Walton began college at 16 years old and has been a trailblazer in her career ever since.
Natalie Freeman | Sexual Health Educator | Grady Teen Services
With peer-pressure being a very important topic, the next part of prom night safety reflects an open discussion on sexual education. As a special message to our young women, whether you engage in sexual activity on your prom night is completely your choice. Please understand that with whatever you decide, just be sure that you are being safe and honest with yourself about what you truly want to do. Remember that at no point in the night are you obligated to engage in something you may not be ready for just yet. Along with basic coverage of practicing safe sex and raising STD awareness, Ms. Freeman’s discussion centralized the importance of recognizing self-worth. The girls were taught the importance of understanding their bodies and minds first, before opening themselves to a partner.
From runway glam and proper etiquette to basic self-defense and sexual education, our dynamic Prom Prep team has our girls ready to take on their night with confidence and style-and we’re just getting started!
Up next, we have our highly anticipated Prom Dress Giveaway. Please join us on March 10th, 2018 for our biggest event of the season!!!
 
We hope to see you there!
~ Franzene
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‘Healthy Ways for Teens and Parents to Communicate in Stressful Times’

Thank you to all the lovely young ladies who participated in our Emotional Intelligence and Mental Wellness GIRL$ Program earlier this month. Your fairy godmothers would also like to send a special thank you to our speakers, Yassin Hall and James Lingo, for sharing their wisdom and guidance on such an important topic.

As we work towards releasing the negative and embracing the positive this year, we recognize that living our best lives means centralizing self-love and perseverance-even during the tough times (don’t worry, we all have them). Luckily, it’s on those not so good days that speaking to a supportive figure can be just what we need to get our minds right.

Here are some articles with useful tips for strengthening communication between parents and teens:

To our young ladies, if those stressful times become more serious and you don’t know who to turn to, it’s still okay. While parents or trusted adults are usually the perfect people to talk to, they may not always be the most comfortable solution. As young women, you may find connecting with your loved ones difficult and may prefer talking to someone on the outside. If that’s the case, don’t worry! There are several safe and helpful resources available to you whenever you need them. And to their loved ones, don’t look at outside resources as substitutes for the significant role you play in their lives. Gaining an outside perspective first may make it easier for them to open up to you in the future. In the end, the most important thing is our girls being able to healthily express themselves in safe and secure environments.

Here are some national and statewide resources available to you:
Suicide Prevention Lifeline – If you need to speak to a crisis professional
o Call 1-800-273-8255 (24/7)
Text with a Crisis Counselor – If you prefer talking to a crisis professional via text message
o Text “GA” to 741741 (24/7)
Teen Line – If you prefer speaking directly to other teens
o Call 800-TLC-TEEN (6pm to 10pm PST)
o Text “TEEN” to 839863 (6:00pm-9:00pm)
** For further information on topics discussed by Yassin Hall, checkout her book: A Journey Untold **
With an amazing start to 2018, please join us at our upcoming PROM Prep 101 on February 10th, 2018. We hope to see you there!   ~ Franzene
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Enchanted Closet is Honored as 2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit

The Enchanted Closet was honored with a prestigious 2017 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. The Enchanted Closet has held this distinction since 2012.

“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2017 Nonprofit,” says Bonita Johnson, Enchanted Closet President and CEO. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that the Enchanted Closet received – reviews written by volunteer, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit.  Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit.  This award is a form of recognition by the community.

We are gratified by the Enchanted Closet for its work,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “They deserve to be discovered by more donors and volunteers who are looking for a great nonprofit to support.

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