Many young women around the world are being pressured to fit into a certain mold for acceptance and love. They are faced with fears that even I did not have to face at such a young age. They deserve to feel beautiful and important. Many around the world share my same sentiments but one man, Sam, the founder of UsTrendy, did something about it. He created Believe in Yourself Project, an initiative to help combat the financial pressures that are felt by low-income girls and their families to keep quality clothes on their backs.
From birth until I was 10 my family and I lived in a trailer park in Georgia. At times we didn’t have enough money to put food on the table. Friends would offer a helping hand and thankfully in our situation we had a grandmother who lived close by to offer meals and other necessities for us. Even though both my parents worked we always had to struggle to make ends meet. Living paycheck to paycheck is stressful. I remember my mother would always order the Disney VHS tapes they would send back in the 90’s about the park and planning a visit. We would sit down with her and watch in awe as we saw our favorite characters come to life. But we could tell by the sadness on our mother’s face that we would never have the opportunity to visit such an amazing place.
Just as trips were nonexistent, designer clothing was a dream. For us, designer meant the cute clothes we saw in Delia’s catalogs that had jeans for $40. We would beg for a $10 T-Shirt from the catalog but of course, we never had a chance to get one. Struggling like this may have been difficult for my family and I but there are girls out there who have to be breadwinners for their families. Girls who, without Believe in Yourself Project, would have no one to turn to for help to find dresses to wear at important life events such as prom.
Sam, the founder of UsTrendy and the Believe in Yourself Project saw recent events in our nation and was inspired to run an event in the nation’s capital. Girls with limited financial resources in the D.C. area were invited to sign up for the event hosted at the Boys and Girls Club, at which they were provided with their first new item for their up coming father/ daughter dance.
Looking to reach a broader audience, Believe in Yourself is currently in talks with various influential women who have struggled with body image issues. Encouraging them to serve as speakers and mentors to girls within the program. With programs setting up across the country, why not lend your voice to help young girls in need of a mentor.
Would you like to get involved? You can today by donating a dress if you are a designer or retailer. Donate monetarily or be a voice of encouragement for today’s youth. You need not look far to make a change in this world. Stand behind Believe in Yourself Project and help a young girl see what it feels like to feel beautiful and important.