Prom Dress Giveaway
The 2015 prom season marks the 13th for Enchanted Closet. We started in 2003 as a project to provide prom dresses to teenage girls whose families were financially challenged. Nine years later, Enchanted Closet has outfitted nearly 6000 girls and has provided a solution for many metropolitan Atlanta families for whom prom season can become a dreaded time as they try to decide between spending a lot of money on a beautiful dress or on household and other school expenses. Since many teenagers today are being raised by single parents, grandparents and others on a fixed income, prom season can be a stressful time.
With the support of our Celebrity Spokesperson and Fairy Godmother, Elle Duncan, formerly of V-103/CBS Radio, over 200 businesses and individuals in metropolitan Atlanta, and as far away as California and New York donate to our cause. We set-up our Prom Dress Giveaways like a real department store with dress racks, a make-up counter and an accessory department, and girls are given personal shoppers who create an extra special boutique shopping experience for them. Over 500 girls are provided with prom dresses, accessories, including purses, jewelry, wraps, and shoes annually, and they are transformed into “Belles of the Balls”. We believe that no girl should miss out on attending prom. It’s truly one of the most enchanting events in a girl’s life. Registration for the 2015 Prom Dress Giveaways opens online in February and will remain open until all the appointment times are filled. All interested girls should visit our website in February to get eligibility information.
The GIRL$ Program is a life readiness and skills development program which is committed to the economic empowerment, and social and professional enhancement of underserved girls in metropolitan Atlanta. The GIRL$ Program is defined as a Service-Learning Program designed to increase the self awareness, self esteem, and self sufficiency of middle and high school girls, ages 12-19, residing in metropolitan Atlanta.
The Enchanted Closet hosts monthly individualized and hands-on group activities consisting of classroom seminars and community service activities on the 3rd Saturdays of each month. These activities are facilitated by positive and professional women and men and they focus on topics such as Building Your Brand, Decision Making, Strategic Planning, Goal Setting, Unleashing Your Talents, Financial Intelligence, and Economic and Social Entrepreneurship. The activities are free and refreshments are provided at each one.
The GIRL$ Program has been funded by the Bachman Youth Fund, TJX Foundation, Forever Pink Foundation, Ryan Cameron Foundation, DeKalb School Employees Foundation, Inc., Just About Blessing You, Alpha Kappa Alpha-Educational Advancement Foundation, Bank of America, United Way, Wells Fargo, ITW Foundation, McKesson Foundation, Munich Re. Through a myriad of activities, the GIRL$ Program “outfits” girls of metropolitan Atlanta with the tools for enhanced growth, self sufficiency, and success.
GIRL$ Program participants volunteer in the community on Global Youth Service Day, Martin Luther King Day of Service, National HIV/AIDs Awareness Day, and at Enchanted Closet and other community events.
- Build a Bridge, Don’t Burn It!: Mentoring and Marketing
- CONVERSATIONS with Young Sisters
- GIRL POWER: Building Your Brand Through Self Awareness
- GIRLPRENEURS: Economic and Social Enterpreneurship & Fundamentals of Business
- GIRL$ Get Your Money Right: Financial Intelligence
- GIRL$ Get Your Mind Right: Emotional Intelligence
- Journey to Success: Knowing What to Take
- Leading the Way: Leadership Development
- My Fav Five: Creating Social and Professional Networks
- Stepping Into Success with Strategic Planning: The Next Step in Your Education
- Tell Me Then Show Me: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Skills, and Problem Solving
- True Love Does Not Hurt: Teen Dating Violence Program
- PROM Prep: Becoming Poised, Responsible, Orderly, and Mannerly
GIRL$ MOVE!: Health and Wellness Program- Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, the goal of the GIRL$ MOVE! Program is to help reduce childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. While the primary target of our program is girls ages 12-19, educational seminars and activities are provided that include their families. The Three Point Focus is on Healthy Eating/Cooking, Healthy Living, and Physical Fitness.
GIRL$ READ! Book Club-Is sponsored by Kimani Tru, an imprint of Harlequin and was developed to increase the readership of girls with active reading and discussions.