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Feb 27

Building Better Futures Collects Clothes with Youth Pop-Up Shop

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 11:08 AM by Communications Department

Building Better Futures is working diligently to meet the needs of young people who may not have appropriate clothing for school, work interviews or other social settings. Building Better Futures staff has launched the “Youth Pop-up Shop” strictly for youth and young adults who are in need. Shoes, clothing, accessories in all sizes for youth and young adults are being accepted on an ongoing basis. 

2-27 bbf pop upThis pop-up shop is designed specifically to accommodate young people’s sizes and style while providing a shopping-like experience with quality items, customer service, and support. In addition to meeting the clothing need, the young people will also have the opportunity to engage with staff to determine if there are other resources they can be connected to, and more importantly, to know that the community cares.

It’s hard enough just being a teenager without the additional stress of having clean or appropriate clothes to wear. Some young people have expressed they don’t want to go to school because either they don’t have the clothes they need, their clothes don’t fit, or sometimes, just because their clothes are severely used and worn.  Out of fear of being teased and/or the need to fit in, this can lead to truancy, isolation or behavioral issues. This is more than just having the latest trendy or name brand clothes, but about being able to feel good about yourself. Although there are clothing closets that exist throughout the city, the availability of clothing for teens and young adults is often a challenge. For some, it takes a lot of courage to ask for help so we are asking you to help our youth feel comfortable and confident.  By donating age appropriate and stylish clothes, you can help meet that need.

All donations can be dropped off to Juvenile Services 2501 Washington Ave., 3rd Fl and  put in a box labeled Building Better Futures Pop-Up Shop.  Pick-ups can also be arranged by emailing buildbetterfutures@nnva.gov.