Working Towards a Better Tomorrow
In addition to encouraging youth to dress for success, we are also educating on the viability of a career in the arts industry. According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics in 2016 there were 23,800 jobs with a median starting salary of $65,000 a year. That was just for an entry level position with a bachelors degree.
African Americans account for over 1 billion dollars in buying power in fashion and design industry, but less than 10% make up students applying and graduating from fashion and design schools. Economic factors play an integral role in that number. Most schools, while they do offer scholarships, can cost up to $50,000 a year. After research, we realized that children in inner city elementary and middle schools have very limited access to art programs due to lack of funding. In the age of the magnet school, the probability of getting accepted into those types of schools is based on the very selective lottery.
With athletes and entertainers being some of the biggest role models in today's urban culture, the impactful impressions that are left day in and day out are more powerful than they know. As inquisition sets into the minds of adolescents, the search for resources ensue. However, financial hardships and lack of information often discourages many from chasing their dreams or not even aware that those dreams exist. The results of those inhibitions and hurdles sometimes lead youth down less than desirable pathways.
Chris’ Closet chooses to raise money to help by establishing purposeful initiatives throughout the year:
Information sessions in the community
Fall/Summer Art Programs
Confidence Building Workshops
Through collaborative efforts Chris’ Closet will educate youth about the importance of dressing for success whilst also be transparent in how style and fashion can encourage that success. Not only are we giving a way out, but we are also giving a way in!