Career Closet: More than a Wardrobe

$2,365 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 11 months
Career Closet: More Than a Wardrobe took the cake in the Economic and Workforce Development category  for the 2017 AccelerateNEO: Citizens Make Change Civic Pitch competition. Named as a potential game changer and announced in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Career Closet has quickly garnered the support and attention of community stakeholders. The vision for Career Closet is to create a mobile career center that will serve high school students in Northeast Ohio by providing access to workplace attire, skills training & development and opportunities for early employment. When looking at the statistics on poverty in Cleveland, released by the U.S. Census Bureau,  1 in 3 people and more than 50% of our children live below the poverty line. This cycle of poverty  is inter-generational and many of the associated challenges threatens its continuance. A particular challenge among young people is the alarming rate of youth unemployment and number of idle youth in Cleveland. With many schools struggling to meet the needs of its students, we have too many students graduating without the skills needed to secure sustainable employment. This skills disparity became the motivation behind Career Closet. But why a mobile career center, you ask? Well outside of being innovative and wanting to create a platform for participant engagement, I wanted a setting that would enable me to reach as many students as possible and circumvent accessibility issues. It's simply a solution with every student in mind. What's most valuable is that you have an opportunity to get involved and make an impact in the lives of our children. 
"Our service to others is the rent we pay for our place here on earth." - Muhammad Ali

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Received my first donation from a dear Spelman sister to support Career Closet and it's mission in decreasing intergenerational poverty by providing resources to high school students that will increase youth employment and economic self sufficiency
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$2,365 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 11 months
Created February 25, 2017
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Deborah Finley
11 months ago (Offline Donation)

To my dearest Spelman sister! You are a tremendous blessing.

Teresa Momon
11 months ago

Shayla, congratulations on your accomplishment. I'm excited for what the future holds for you. Continue to push and keep God first. Love you beautiful!

Shayla Ivezzy
11 months ago (Offline Donation)

Accelerate 2017 Pitch Finalist Grant

Anthony Brown
11 months ago

Continued Success in your endeavor.

Tracy Johnson
11 months ago

This is so amazing, Shayla! I wish you all the best. May your ideas expand and your financial goal be met 10x Over! #TrueBlue #Spelmanwomenchangingtheworld

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