Trends for Teens Co-Founders Recognized as Youth Volunteers of the Year by Governor Snyder.
Follow up to story published in January 2016 issue of Neighborhood SEEN.
Emily Prokop and Eliana Margherio have been named Youth Volunteers of the Year in the State of Michigan, in recognition for launching a successful nonprofit organization call Trends for Teens. At an awards ceremony on August 30, 2016, Governor Snyder recognized Prokop, a junior at Cranbrook, and Margherio, a senior at Marian, for the difference they made in their community and for creating a lasting impact across the state.
Neighborhood SEEN ran a story last January about the girls as they were first launching “Trends for Teens.” The nonprofit organization started because Prokop and Margherio, like most teenagers, love trendy clothes. They realized that some teens are not able to shop as easily for fun clothes and they wanted to find a way to help those teens. Oakland County Youth Assistance suggested that they teamed up with students from Pontiac’s International Technology Academy (ITA) and soon they opened a “store” inside a room at the school.
The stores, sometimes called “walk-in closets,” are filled with clothes and accessories collected and donated by teens working with Trends for Teens. Items are priced between $1 and $5. ITA students who want to purchase clothing must earn “Bonus Bucks” by achieving goals in one of the five A’s: academics, acts of kindness, attendance, athletics and actively participating in school, community or family. By setting goals and working hard to achieve them, teens build self-esteem and learn skills that will last them a lifetime.
Trends for Teens is a teen-led and teen-run organization. It has grown since January to operate five stores throughout Southeast Michigan and discussions about opening additional stores are in process. Prokop says, “We believe every teenager has the potential to do something great, and it is our goal to make sure he or she understands that potential.” NS