The first annual Dress for Success fundraising event held April 27th at Lovebirds Café celebrated outstanding Muir Business & Entrepreneurship Academy students who presented business plans and described job shadowing experiences to PUSD officers, Muir faculty and community supporters.
Dress for Success is a new program designed to support low-income, underserved youth based in Northwest Pasadena with empowerment to succeed as they begin their journey beyond high school. The program, sponsored by Devry University which gifted $5,000 donation, provides professional attire, office supplies and career counseling needs to local students who may not have the necessary means to invest otherwise. The City of Pasadena Northwest Commission also sponsored the event.
Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard addressed the audience about the importance of the community being there for the youth and the youth seeing that the community is there for them.
Wendelin Donahue, Business & Entrepreneurship Academy instructor described their academy has the purpose of preparing kids for college and career, with students having the opportunity to take career technical education classes that are unique to the academy including marketing, accounting, business management & entrepreneurship. She said, "These classes provide theory, but the emphasis in our model is placed on providing kids with "real" experiences in the field through internships, job shadow experiences and field trips related to the coursework."
Cristina Valencia spoke about her experience job shadowing at JPL and realized how differently she was treated being young but dressed professionally. She said "I realized how important it is to be professional and how much clothes really do matter."