Back to school is usually a time that parent’s love and kids dread. The only thing kids have to look forward to is getting their brand new back to school gear and showing off their new clothes on the first day of school.
Now imagine taking away the only thing to look forward to and add a new school, a new home, and real family. This is the scenario for a majority of America’s foster youth heading back to school. Typically, a foster teenager will only received $50 to $250 (depending on state) allowance for back to school supplies. Unfortunately, these days that doesn’t buy much. The average American spends $290 on clothing, $110 on shoes, and $100 on school supplies.
Here at Together We Rise decided we wanted to help some of these teens who will be attending new schools, with new placements, and new surroundings with old hand-me-down clothing. So..this summer we are packing our bags and going across country to turn frowns upside down and provide new back to school clothing for teens in foster care.
Our clothing tour starts in Los Angeles, California and end in Boston, Massachusetts. We will stop in 16 different cities in between giving 70 teenaged boys a chance to shop through our pop up shop and pick out their own back to school gear. Don’t worry! We didn’t forget the girls! Our good friends at Threads For Teens will be hooking up the girls with sweet new clothes.
With combined efforts we will provide 150 teenage foster youth with back to school clothing in 16 different cities across the U.S. We’ve completed our first stop at Universal Studios in Hollywood, California and are off to Las Vegas today and Phoenix tomorrow! If you see us take a picture and #togetherwerise #clothingtour
We couldn’t have done this without our sponsors: Active, Jockey, Toyota, Pretzel Crisps, New Era, Avery Denison, Monster, Cotton On, and Hubert’s Lemonade.