Your zip code should not determine your future.

Unfortunately, this is the case for many girls who attend Chicago Public Schools.

10th Grader Taliya at a MFO Pop-Up Boutique

10th Grader Taliya at a MFO Pop-Up Boutique

Meet 10th grader Taliya. Tailya is bright and determined, but like her parents and siblings before her, she considered dropping out of high school.

“I thought to myself, ‘What’s the point of staying in school? I’ll never get into college, and even if I do, the classes don’t interest me, and no one there looks like me.’”

That was until Taliya was introduced to My Favorite Outfit (MFO). Last year, Taliya attended a MFO self-esteem workshop, in which students ‘shop’ for donated clothing to recapture their individuality and boost their self-esteem.

During the workshop, Taliya practically trampled her classmates as she put together one outfit after another. “I could have spent the rest of my life in that workshop and died happy!” Talyia shared. This was the first time she had found an activity that not only excited her, but also kept her engaged and wanting more.

Before MFO, Taliya didn’t realize she could have a career in fashion and that there are many college fashion programs.

To address this need, My Favorite Outfit is piloting a fashion-based college-readiness program during the 2016/2017 school year in Chicago’s most underserved communities.

With backing from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, MFO will spend the summer working on our programmatic pivot to use fashion as a vehicle for college readiness and mentoring. The new high school program will teach groups of students the skills to become ideal candidates for college fashion programs.

You can help girls like Taliya get into college.

Every girl, despite her background, deserves support to become college ready.

For just $250, you make it possible for one young girl to experience nine transformative months of college readiness support, mentoring and the pride of becoming a first generation college student.

Will you give Chicago-land girls the chance to succeed?

If you believe every young girl deserves an opportunity to succeed, please give today.

Let’s celebrate the power of girls!