There weren’t any pumpkins or glass slippers, but there was an unmistakable aura of glamour this weekend for nearly 200 Lower Mainland teens.
They’re part of the Cinderella Project, and initiative that aims to pair at-risk youth with a great outfit for grad; this weekend, they got to try on the duds at the annual Boutique Day.
Organizer Heather McKenzie says the mentoring and confidence building workshops make the day more than just dressing up.
“These youth are here today, being pampered having one on one mentorship from adults in our community, pick out their graduation outfits – it’s a transformative day that’s far beyond the dress or the suit that they will receive.”
McKenzie says the youth, who are referred to the program by teachers and social workers, take some time to warm up to the event.
“And they are most definitely apprehensive. For many of them, their lives have always had strings attached. They’ve never really had the opportunity to be a child or a day in the sun, so this is a very foreign opportunity.”
Now in its 17th year, the event brought together about 185 “Cinderellas and Cinderfellas” along with hundreds of volunteers to try and create a little bit of graduation magic.