Kenzie's Closet & Upward Bound - 2 Programs Supporting Local Teens

Mar 21, 2016

Kenzie's Closet provides prom dresses to lower-income girls free of charge and Upward Bound is a college preparation program.
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For many young women, prom is an important part of the high school experience. However, it’'s not usually cheap to attend; girl's’ dresses can cost as much as several hundred dollars. Nonprofit organization Kenzie’'s Closet provides prom attire free of charge to young ladies from accredited high schools. Since its creation in 2006, it’'s dressed almost 3,500 girls for their proms.

Another program that helps high school students is Upward Bound, which offers college preparation for 9th to 12th grade students from lower-income families. It educates students in areas such as math, science, literature and foreign language. The summer program spans five weeks and takes place at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Here to talk about these two programs and how they benefit high schoolers are Executive Director for Kenzie'’s Closet, Kathy Smith; Assistant Director for Upward Bound, Justine Clark-Lomax; and Upward Bound student, Sasha Ayers.

A similar organization to Kenzie’'s Closet in Northern Kentucky called Cinderella's Closet also offers free prom dresses. Click here to learn more.