My First Prom Project Journey: More Than a Dress with so much SOLE
By Nykeeshia Beasly
Living in Kansas City, Missouri the weather is unpredicatable like.... a beautiful sunny day to a full on snow and rain mix in the middle of April unpredictable! As the snow poured down, Show Me Shoes made sure that the girls would get what they came for, a free day full glam, shopping experience and giveaways. The girls showed up by the bus load (Yes, literrally a bus full of young ladies pulled up to the event!) The atmosphere and layout of the event was very fun, colorful, organized and thanks to Transformed Barber Acadamey, very spacious. The event was sectioned off by items/services, which made flow of the event very easy.
There were different make-up artist doing “beats” and giving tips to the girls for their big day, nail techs, a lash technician, hairstylist, henna and throughout the evet, DJ Diamond Diva made sure to play the hottest music which made the event feel like a party. The ultimate goal is to make sure no girl left empty handed.
The intent is to never make the girls to feel like they’re some type of charity so that’s why it’s important to make the girls feels special and make sure they are having fun while “shopping”. This year, Show Me Shoes was very fortunate enough to provide a wide selection of gently used heels for the girls to have, Prom can be very costly from the hair, dues, makeup and Show Me Shoes provided a wide selection of dresses and heels from the girls to shop from and at $0 cost to the families.
Each year the Show Me Shoes Foundation is very fortunate enough to have so many volunteers that are interested in helping with Prom Project. Devoting their time and attention to young girls, being that big sister for those who need that role model or just simply giving that extra boost of confidence, goes a long way!
Speaking with some of the volunteers, I found that like many of the young ladies that come out, they also struggled to afford prom leaving many to not attend and they had no resources or organizations like Show Me Shoes Foundation. Each year the Show Me Shoes Foundation started by two black women with that thought in their minds to give back to their communities to help alleviate some of the cost for young girls attending prom, is a wonderful thing and it's no wonder they have so many people eager to help out in any way they can.
At the end of the day as a volunteer, I realized how in that one day you not only helped a young girl find that special dress and gain confidence but you also walk away feeling great about yourself knowing you helped with that.
Keisha is currently volunteering with Show Me Shoes Foundation as our Assistant and Volunteer coordinator. You can also catch her blog post and fashion deets @thatbeaslygirl on Instagram