FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Prom is just around the corner, and a dress or accessories can be very expensive, however, young women at Franklin High School had help if they needed it, thanks to the Sisters in Training for Life program and Empower Somerset

"Our goals was to make sure if a girl walked in needing a dress or accessories, she could walk out with something she could feel comfortable and confident in," STFL Treasurer Thilithia Alexander said.  

Sisters in Training for Life (STFL), asked students if they felt overwhelmed with the financial obligations of Senior Prom, to attend “The 7th Annual Prom Dress Giveaway” which was held May 3 to 4, at the Franklin High School (FHS), school store during lunch. Hundreds of dresses were collected, for the seventh annual prom dress giveaway. 

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During the dress giveaway, students were given fashion tips and could enjoy free refreshments while they waited. 

The dresses were donated by other prom dress donation drives, students, teachers, STFL members and members of the community. 

The dresses were not only for the prom, they were available for any event, such as the JROTC banquet or any other formal event. 

"Our mission is to cultivate young girls spiritually and emotionally, we empower them to be successful despite any obstacles that they encounter," FHS Students Assistant Coordinator and STFL Advisor Stacy Hale said. "We provide college and career readiness, social and emotional skills training. We allow them to express themselves if things are bothering them, they can come to us as a group to discuss things that are prevalent in our society, issues that are going on with teen girls, such as body image, self-esteem, family dysfunction, as well as the stresses of being a teenager in today's society."

The program has 60 members, and 35 of them are active and meet after school every other Tuesday or Wednesday. 

STFL is based on the foundation of a relationship of sisterhood, by maintaining strong bonds with each other, giving back to its community via community service projects and events, such as the prom dress drive, toy drives, book drives, mentoring programs and educational workshops. 

The next event will cover "Parties, Proms and Pitfalls" to help promote the dangers of underage drinking. 

Parties, Proms and Pitfalls flyer

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