Putting it Together
The team at LOLA reached out to us in early spring. They had recently worked on a campaign supporting a holiday gift drive for children in foster care. With that experience fresh in their minds, they were interested in offering a platform to former foster youth. Their idea was to create a feature that would blend editorial fashion styling with personal stories and advice. By presenting compelling and uplifting stories of achievement, the piece would serve to educate the public and inspire young people still in foster care. Hearing a pitch that matched so well to our own mission of supporting foster youth’s potential, we eagerly agreed to reach out to My First Place graduates.
While we aren’t still in touch with everyone who has come through our doors, the strong relationships that are at the center of our work mean that First Place participants often choose to stay in touch and keep us in the loop on their lives long after they leave us. That made it easy for us to start thinking about which alumni might be open to sharing their stories with a broad audience. A flurry of emails later, and Angelica, Charvette, Darryl, and Teresa were all on board. In addition, the day would also include participants who had been connected to LOLA through Ticket to Dream, the Guardian Scholars program at San Francisco State University, and Haven of Hope.
The Glamorous Life