Students in NLU’s Association of Latino Scholars gratefully accepted shimmering satin gowns and dresses with yards of tulle throughout April, in an effort to help girls with limited financial resources attend their high school proms.
The Association of Latino Scholars partnered with Juana Ballesteros and Project Embrace, which have been helping girls in the South side Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago to attend prom since 2011.
The Association of Latino Scholars, including Yaritsa Carrasco, president, and Bridgette Ramos and Leticia Martinez, members, as well as Monica Ramos, NLU Director of Family and Community Engagement, delivered the dresses to Project Embrace, which sets up a “boutique” with dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories for the high school girls. Volunteers then assist each aspiring prom-goer to select a dress and accessories just right for her.
Ballasteros had heard of young women and men who wanted to attend their high school proms but could not afford the cost of the dresses and tickets. Project Embrace has also conducted fundraisers to offset the cost of prom tickets for young people.