On June 20, 2017, Select World and The Lions Model Management teamed up with Project Glimmer to create a day of empowerment for young women with the nonprofit’s community partner, Ticket to Dream Foundation, which serves foster kids in need.
This marked the first time Project Glimmer and Ticket to Dream partnered to celebrate and honor 2,000 foster girls nationwide who graduated from high school and college. Graduation is an exceptionally big milestone for these young women since statistics show that less than 50 percent of foster children exiting the system will graduate high school, less than 3 percent will earn a college degree, and 1 in 5 will be homeless within one year of aging out.
In New York, this partnership is poised to help foster youth take their first steps toward success after graduation. The day included a panel discussion with a group of successful women and a career development workshop. Project Glimmer, The Lions Model Management, Select World and Ticket to Dream united to give these young women useful tools, actionable advice, and support to help them reach their goals.
To promote Project Glimmer’s mission, Select World donated services to create a PSA campaign with the theme, “Share Your Glimmer,” featuring models from The Lions Model Management and graduating women from Ticket to Dream. GLAMSQUAD, the on-demand professional team for hair, makeup, and nails, was a beauty partner for the event, and donated the services of its beauty professionals who provided work-appropriate beauty tips during the career development workshop, and provided styling for the PSA photo shoot.
“For so long I used to hide and be ashamed of my past. But every mistake you’ve made – use it. Don’t hide it…No one has a perfect life. When we share our stories it creates a space for everyone to exist. I think that when we start sharing our diverse narratives and our stories, there’s going to be a place [for everyone]. Don’t feel ashamed,” model and activist Ebonee Davis stated.
The panel included Sabrina Yu, Managing Director, NY, Select World, Kelli J. Bartlett, Director of Makeup Artistry for GLAMSQUAD and Octavia Yearwood, artist, author, and motivational speaker, and was moderated by Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker, Deputy Editor at Billboard. They talked about career paths, challenges, and gave advice for the young women of foster care who are embarking on their next step post graduation.