Youth strut their stuff at BCFS fashion show

Program DirectorStacy Lee -and Lead Case Manager Verena Silva

SAN ANTONIO – A group of young adults in foster care, and some who aged out of the system, strut their stuff at a fashion show last week hosted by BCFS Health and Human Services. The Dare to Dream Fashion Show featured 16 male and female models from the Preparation for Adult Living program that helps youth transition from foster care into adulthood and independence. About 200 guests attended the show at Granberry Hills in San Antonio on Wednesday, June 10th.

“We host the fashion show to encourage young adults to build self-respect and learn how to carry themselves with confidence,” says BCFS case manager Verena Silva. “Ultimately, we want them to dream big.”

The models wore outfits from Plato’s Closet, styled to demonstrate fashionable but appropriate looks for daily wear, professional attire, and a night out on the town. At the end of the show each model was presented a trophy, and the group cheered after the surprise announcement that they could keep their stylish outfits.

The fashion show marks the end of the Empowerment Series, a group of workshops held at the BCFS center to educate youth on how to make safe, informed decisions while building leadership skills. The workshops brought together young adults in foster care, those in the juvenile justice system, and teens overcoming abuse to discuss motivation, career opportunities, and self-esteem.

Sponsors for the fashion show included Granberry Hills, Plato’s Closet, Aveda, Youth Transitioning Into Adulthood (YTIA), the National Council of Jewish Women, Superior Health, All Access Tags, and One Sound DJ Productions.

The BCFS center serves young people in and aging out of foster care, as well as other young adults facing challenges like homelessness, poverty, teen pregnancy, or an unstable home life. The center is a “one-stop shop” that provides counseling, case management, and assistance with education, employment, and housing location.

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BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.