Two Chicago non-profit organizations have partnered to provide some of the city’s homeless youth with the prom experience they missed while they were in high school.

For some teenagers, going to prom is low on the list of priorities in comparison to more weighted concerns like caring for a child or finding a safe place to sleep. So, many go without the experience of being sent off to prom with their friends and having the time of their young lives.

Luckily, Teen Living Programs Chicago and Sisterhood of the Traveling Heart came together and gave around 40 homeless students the full experience along with beautiful gowns, tuxedos and a decorated hall, according to ABC.

“This prom is amazing because I didn’t ever go to prom,” said Jalisa Thurston, 23. Thurston wasn’t able to attend prom after being kicked out of her high school.

“I feel like I’m getting married,” she said. “I’m glad I met [TLP Chicago] because they’re wonderful.”

TLP Chicago works alongside homeless youth between the ages of 14 and 24 and Sisterhood of the Traveling Heart focuses primarily on issued pertaining to girls and women around the world.

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“I thought it would be a great idea to have a prom because every high school student deserves a prom,” said Kamelah Muhammad, Founder and President of SOTTH. “For those who may not have had an opportunity — like Jalisa — or for those who needed to be recognized for their resilience. We wanted to create a day of celebration and a memorable evening for them.”

The event was held in the lower level of Life Center Church of God in Christ, which was decorated in navy and white, and crowned a king and queen.

Photo Credit: He Shoots Lyfe Photography

 

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