Project Prom, the annual giveaway of prom attire coming March 5
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) annual Project Prom giveaway of prom attire to eligible high school students begins with the Gown Giveaway kickoff on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Project Prom Shop in Century III Mall, West Mifflin.
The gown give away continues Monday, March 7 through 11 and Tuesday, March 15 through 17, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
An assortment of free, beautiful gowns of all colors and styles will be distributed to teens who meet the eligibility requirements. The teens will have plenty of options in brand new and gently used prom gowns. There will also be a selection of accessories, such as purses and jewelry, to accompany the gowns. Volunteers will be available to assist during the shopping experience. Preregistration is not required.
To be eligible, high school students must live in Allegheny County and meet one of the following requirements:
• Receive services through child welfare, or mental health or intellectual disability services, or receive substance use disorder (drug & alcohol) treatment.
• Live in a homeless shelter or transitional or bridge housing program.
They may also be eligible if they or a household member.
• Receives food assistance from a food pantry or utility assistance.
• Receives or is eligible to receive free or reduced-price school lunches.
• Receives unemployment benefits.
• Is in military active duty or a veteran.
Additional Project Prom events:
The first Project Prom Primping Pajama Party is a prom and beauty demonstration fair to help participants look and feel their best for prom. The party will include a complimentary catered brunch and a refresher course with a certified etiquette coach. Participants will also get first access to the selection of prom gowns on a special day before the Gown Giveaway starts. Preregistration is required.
The annual Project Prom for Gentlemen event is a free catered dinner to teach teens proper etiquette in formal situations and is open to eligible guests. The teens will also receive a certificate for a free tux rental. Check with guidance counselor or caseworker for registration information. Preregistration is required.
Major sponsors of Project Prom are One Enchanted Evening and UPMC’s Center for Engagement and Inclusion. Additional support comes from the Project Prom 5K Run and Walk fundraiser. This year’s 5K will be held on June 4, at Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater. Registration is now open.
All Project Prom events are free. For eligibility requirements and registration information visit http://www.alleghenycounty.us/Human-Services/News-Events/Events/Project-Prom.aspxor follow #ACProjectProm for updates and news on the upcoming events.