As another school year approaches, we are pleased to announce our partnership with My Best Friend’s Closet, a youth empowerment program at Making Changes, a local Calgary-based charity. My Best Friend’s Closet provides teenage girls (and youth who identify as female) ages 12-18 from low-income households with clothing and accessories to meet their school and recreational needs for the upcoming year – all at no cost to their families.
How You Can Support
For every minimum $100 Southcentre Gift Card sold, Southcentre will donate $5 to My Best Friend’s Closet. Terms & Conditions Apply – Learn more.
Fill up My Best’s Friend’s Closet by visiting the installation on the lower level, scanning the QR Code and donating directly to this important cause.
About My Best Friend’s Closet & Making Changes
In 2019, North American families spent an average of $507 per child on back to school shopping alone. Making Changes is able to provide young girls with a wardrobe that will last them the entire year for less than half of that per capita cost. As a Calgary-founded and Calgary-run organization, Making Changes is uniquely positioned to understand the needs of local families in the community, many of whom are new Canadians and not yet well-equipped to deal with the cold weather quickly approaching in the fall and winter months.
Program participants are referred to Making Changes through community service agencies, pre-employment training programs and educational institutions and receive a one-on-one 90 minute session with an image consultant who can assist with finding relevant clothing to suit each participant’s personal style, while simultaneously connecting them to an empowering female support system to help them feel understood and supported. Each consultation provides participants with everything they need for the upcoming year, including multiple outfits for casual and formal occasions, footwear, winter gear, gym clothing, accessories, toiletries, and most importantly, a feeling of empowerment to enter the next year fully equipped to feel confident both inside and out. In 2019 alone, the My Best Friend’s Closet program was able to facilitate 537 appointments and provide 10,284 items of clothing and 6,585 accessories to young girls in the Calgary community.
My Best Friend’s Closet also offers additional resources, including online chat groups where girls can connect with peers and mentors in a safe environment, online empowerment workshops, and youth volunteering opportunities that help build valuable leadership skills and personal development. With social distancing and current limitations to physical interactions, girls can choose to volunteer either in person or online through Making Changes’ online programming. Those participating in the My Best Friend’s Closet program can also request virtual styling consultations during this time. In addition to online cash donations, Making Changes is continuing to accept physical donations at their headquarters with new sanitization processes in place.