Village youths make difference with Jeans for Teens project

teens for jeansKatie Signori and Livvy Hochman of Palmetto Bay have been working hard to bring gently worn jeans to less fortunate youth in the community.

The Palmetto Middle School students and Girl Scouts with Troop 304, decided to create “Jeans for Teens” for their Silver Award Project which involves the collection and maintenance of a “Jean Boutique” of new or gently used jeans available to disadvantaged teenagers.

Working with His House Children’s Home, a social services agency that was established in 1989, they have started a jean boutique for teenage girls and boys at the facility. His House offers safe, caring homes to abused, abandoned and neglected children in South Florida. Residents are able to browse and select from the large collection of jeans, at no cost, to supplement their current wardrobes.
What started as a Scouting project, has become a passion for Katie and Livvy.

“Our ‘Jeans for Teens’ project will allow teens to have choices they may not have been given before,” said Signori. “We hope that shopping at the boutique will give the teen a sense of empowerment and build higher self-esteem and enjoyment because they will have control of the clothes they wear.”

Hochman added, “Everyone wants to feel they fit in. We hope the teens at His House will have the opportunity to feel a sense of belonging because they too will be wearing the most current styles.”

The girls are looking to place collection boxes in and around local businesses and shops in Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay. If you have a location you can provide them or a way of advertising for this great cause, contact Linn Signori at warsig@bellsouth.net or Marni Hochman at moonlady30@aol.com.


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