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Prom Project kicks off 17th season of social skills, empowerment
March 30 program includes instruction, attire
 
Published Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:12 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | JON STRAYHORN
The 17th annual Prom Project sponsored by Girl Talk Foundation and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library includes mandatory etiquette sessions and free formal attire as preparation for prom season.

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It’s time to get ready for prom.


Girl Talk Foundation Inc. and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library’s 17th annual Prom Project takes place March 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. John’s Baptist Church (300 Hawthorne Lane). Executive Director Janine Davis said they expect over 200 high school girls to participate in the event, which includes required etiquette sessions and free formal attire.


Prom is a milestone occasion during the high school experience. Prom Project is designed to help high school girls make the most of the moment, from safety tips to how one presents herself in a social setting.


“What we have come to learn is that prom is so much more than just the dress,” Davis said. “Of course they want to look beautiful—fashionably intact–but there is so much more to it than that. We need to make sure that they have those lifelong skills. For example, how do you sit properly at a table? Which fork do you use? What’s good manners and what’s not good manners? How do you show up in the world? All of that really starts with simple etiquette. It is social etiquette. It is dinning etiquette. It is fashion etiquette. It is prom safety. How do you protect yourself? How do you truly know your true value and your self-worth? [It is] being respectful of yourself. It is so much more, again, than the dress. It is all of those things, and we blend it into one day, and we call it Prom Project.”


Over 26,000 people have benefited from Prom Project skills development, which are designed to extend beyond the formal to give girls confidence and composure for all areas of life.


“It’s all about making sure the girls are empowered, because that’s the mission of Girl Talk,” Davis said. “We want to transform the lives of girls between the ages of 11 and 16—those crazy years when they’re trying to get it together and make sure that they are self-managed and that they have social competence to make it in the world. That’s what we’re all about.”  


Important dates:


Tax-deductible dress donations may be donated through March 26 at the following locations:  ImaginOn Library, 300 E 7th St.


Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd.


South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road


Myers Park Library, 1361 Queens Road


University City Library, 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.


Girls must register by March 27 to participate in the event. Register at: www.girltalkfoundationinc.com.

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