Eighty teenage girls in the Los Angeles Unified School District's Homeless Education Program who never thought they would be able to attend prom with their high school friends this spring now have a gown and accessories for the crowning event of their senior year, thanks to donors and volunteers.
The Assistance League of Los Angeles works with the LAUSD's Homeless Education Program to identify the students. From donated dresses to shoes and makeup, the girls were treated like queens from the moment they walked into the pop-up shop at Emerson College L.A., according to LAUSD spokeswoman Monica Carazo.
"They are in school and they are overcoming all obstacles, all odds to graduate," Assistance League CEO Melanie Merians said. "And as a result, it's our chance to applaud them and give them an opportunity to attend prom by fully outfitting them from head to toe."
"They have such confidence and pride," Merians added. "It's so important for a child who's been homeless."
The girls chosen to participate in the program are selected by their high school counselor, with their GPA and attendance as deciding factors, Carazo said. She said the program has clothed hundreds of girls for prom over the past five years, and each year gets bigger.
The Los Angeles Unified School District currently has around 14,000 students who are homeless, if you wish to donate gently used items for LAUSD students, visit the Assistance League LA website.
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