In 2016, We donated more clothes than ever 

2,813 PIECES HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO 426 SPECTACULAR STUDENTS  

Young Women's Leadership Charter School at a MFO Pop-Up on March 9, 2016

Young Women's Leadership Charter School at a MFO Pop-Up on March 9, 2016

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Kipling Elementary School at a MFO Pop-Up Workshop on March 16, 2016 

 

Student Quotes 

The pop-up was special for me because I got to pick clothing that I like and that matchs my personality.
— Geliyah, 6th grade, LEARN Middle School
I like going shopping. I feel rewarded because I tried my hardest in school to get good grades.
— Tanzania, 5th grade, KIPP Ascend Primary School
I got to express myself through clothing and I was rewarded for my for all of my hard work.
— Iris, 6th grade, Rowe Middle School

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT 

Pop-Up Workshops (Middle School)
My Favorite Outfit is focused on addressing low self- esteem issues affecting at-risk middle school girls. Along with our pop-up workshops, this year we have incorporated in-class activities which challenge the students to set personal goals and understand the importance of self expression. 

Through in-class activities students learn: 

  • The link between self-esteem and the way we dress
  • Celebrating individuality 
  • Self-expression vs. self-objectification 
  • Reclaiming their individuality by finding their personal style

Fashion 101 (High School)
This year we launched a new high school program Fashion 101 which uses fashion as a vehicle for college readiness. With the help of mentors and MFO staff, students learn various fashion skills such as design, illustration, and clothing construction. The course provides a clear direction for students who are interested in pursuing fashion careers or simply interested in involving themselves in arts education. 

By the end of the program, students create a fashion portfolio to accompany their college applications and a short list of colleges and scholarships that fit their objectives. Take a deep dive into Fashion 101

Fashion 101 students created collages to learn about various cuts and silhouettes. 

Fashion 101 students created collages to learn about various cuts and silhouettes. 

The People Who Made It Possible

This year we were blown away by the generosity of our supporters. 215 of you attended our events, over 300 made individual contributions, and 69 of you volunteered.  With your support, and the generosity of our corporate and foundation donors below, 426 girls' lives have been impacted forever. With your continued assistance, we can help every at-risk girl in the Chicago area find the confidence she needs to succeed in school and beyond!

Thank you to our in-kind donors for providing clothing, raffle items, and volunteer time.

School Partners

Name of School

Bowen High School
Carl Sandburg Middle School
Casals School of Excellence
Collins Academy High School
Deneen School of Excellence
Fort Dearborn Elementary
Harlan Academy High School
Jungman Elementary School
KIPP Ascend Primary School
LEARN Middle Charter School
McNair Elementary
Piccolo School of Excellence
Rowe Middle School
Rudyard Kipling Elementary School
Tilden Career Community Academy
Woodlawn Community School
Young Womens Leadership Charter School

# Students Impacted

23
18
26
28
25
20
24
32
24
30
22
50
19
26
20
25
14

% Low-Income Students

95%
30%
98%
99%
97%
97%
93%
97%
100%
96%
98%
97%
81%
90%
86%
93%
100%

Will you join us in giving Chicago-land girls a chance to succeed? 

$30 funds one year of programming for a middle school girl. 
$250 funds one year of programming for a high school girl.  

Learn more about how we're impacting students like 10th grader Taliya and 7th grader Amaria.