(Evanston, Ill.) – When Dominique Austin, 21, began the Strategic Corporate Alliances (SCA) job-readiness program at the Youth Job Center of Evanston, she wasn’t expecting to learn about fashion.
But then she found herself modeling skirts and suit coats as one of the first participants of Fitting Futures, the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore’s (JLE-NS) newest community impact program. The program provides free clothing to young women in need for job interviews.
“It makes me feel confident, especially with the clothes I got today,” Austin said. “I felt like a supermodel!”
Fitting Futures volunteers offered this month’s SCA women the opportunity to shop from a large selection of clothing donated to the Junior League by family, friends and community members. They each picked six pieces of interview-appropriate clothing and an accessory to take home free of charge. Afterward, the women were given resource packets with more information regarding interviewing, dressing for success and maximizing a wardrobe.
The event was just the beginning of a growing relationship between the SCA program and JLE-NS.
“We are hoping to expand our services as we work with the Youth Job Center,” JLE-NS member Gina Gooden said. “It seems like the perfect partnership.”
SCA Program Coordinator Crystal Malone said the program cultivates a significant aspect of job-readiness, and that she looks forward to the impact it will have on future YJC clients.
“It’s important for our clients to present a professional appearance,” Malone said. “This partnership helps them feel confident as individuals and empowered as job candidates.”
The Youth Job Center of Evanston prepares youth ages 14-25 for success in the workplace through job-readiness, placement and employment support in partnership with employers.
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