NOiR is giving back in a major way this year by supporting teenagers with life-limiting medical conditions.
Wish Upon a Teen Foundation gives teens with medical conditions a helping hand in their transition through creative, social, and educational opportunities. The non-profit’s founder, Michelle Soto, knows the combination of normal teenage stressors along with the impact of a severe life-limiting medical condition can make the transition to adulthood challenging. Wish Upon a Teen provides ongoing support, age-appropriate programs, and events for teenagers throughout the United States. NOiR is pairing with this organization to have a national impact on the lives of teens.
The programs include: Design my Room, Spa Day, Evening of Dreams Prom, and Family Outing. As a fashion centric organization, Evening of Dreams Prom is where we hope to allocate our funds. Wish Upon a Teen stages Evening of Dreams Prom as an annual gala prom event for teens unable to attend the event at their own schools due to their illness and hospitalization.
This year, NOiR is devoting our time and money to combating the issues of joblessness, lack of educational access, sexism, and racial inequality. While these are extremely complex issues no one organization can single-handedly solve, NOiR hopes to contribute to these causes through our work in the Metro-Detroit community, as well as with our partnering organization this year, Hip Hop Sisters Network (HHS).
HHS is a non-profit organization geared toward promoting and uplifting women of ethnic diversity. HHS aims to unify women through empowerment, education, mentoring, and more. HHS and NOiR strongly align in that both organizations understand providing resources and opportunities for people is the strongest way to create the change we wish to see. Founded by MC Lyte, HHS has board members throughout the entertainment industry, such as Russell Simmons, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Faith Evans.
NOiR wanted the 2017 cause to be responsive to the climate of our country today. While the topic of race in America is definitely controversial, one thing is undeniable: racial groups in America are divided. Additionally, inequality exists among the various races in our country. NOiR wants to dedicate our money, time, and efforts this year to helping close that gap, no matter how big or small.
In order to reach our goal, we plan to do the following this year:
COMMIT 500 hours of service to creating opportunities for minorities in fashion, the arts, and higher education. We'll be working in Detroit communities through programs such as Arts and Scraps, the Alger Theater, and more. Our models and executive board will be those giving back to the community.
EXPOSE 50 talented high school students that are disproportionately represented at the University of Michigan to being a Wolverine for a day! NOiR held its first annual Morning at Michigan day program, where we brought students from the Detroit and Metro-Detroit areas to our great institution. By exposing these students to the university, we hope to broaden their horizons, and create an opportunity for them to really think about their futures in education. To learn more about Morning at Michigan, click here.
NOiR is dedicated to making strides in the communities around us. With support from our donors, models, university, and fellow students, we are confident NOiR will continue make greater and greater impacts on the world around us.